The Philips Search & Rescue Trust was founded in 1985 to operate rescue helicopters. In 1987 a supplementary fixed-wing air ambulance service was established. The Palmerston North service was a one time known as the Square Trust Rescue Helicopter.
|1985||Philips Search & Rescue Trust first established.|
|1985||Greenlea Rescue Helicopter service founded.|
|1987||Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter service founded.|
|1987||Westpac Air Ambulance service established.|
|1991||Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter service founded.|
|1992||BayTrust Rescue Helicopter service founded.|
|2000||Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter service founded.|
The Philips Search & Rescue Trust currently operates six rescue helicopters and two fixed-wing air ambulance aircraft.
No plans known.
The Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter operates in the standard Westpac Rescue red and yellow colour scheme. The other helicopters operate in a various colour schemes based on their main sponsor colours. Westpac air ambulances: The Piper PA-31 operates in a plain white colour scheme, while the MU-2 is in white and grey with a red ‘heartbeat’ cheatline, with WESTPAC AIR AMBULANCE titles.
Aircraft Serial Numbers
The helicopters and aircraft carry New Zealand civil aircraft registrations.
Coding system not used.
None – Manufacturers designations used
Current Aircraft Inventory
|Aircraft Type||Total Del’d||Total Active||Still on Order||Role|
|Aerospatiale AS350BA Squirrel||4||4||0||EMS/Search & Rescue|
|MBB BK 117B2||1||1||0||EMS/Search & Rescue|
|Mitsubishi MU-2||1||1||0||Air Ambulance|
|Piper PA-31 Chieftain||1||1||0||Air Ambulance|
All-Time Aircraft Used List
|Aircraft Type||Quantity||Service Entry||Out of Service||Origin|
|Aerospatiale AS350BA Squirrel||4||1985||current||contractor|
|MBB BK 117B2||1||2012||current||contractor|
|Piper PA-31 Chieftain||1||?||current||contractor|
Aircraft NOT Used
No false reports known.
Aircraft Losses and Incidents
Philips Search & Rescue Trust, PO Box 9308, Waikato Mail Centre, Hamilton 3240.
Westpac Air Ambulance, Ingram Road, Hamilton Airport, Hamilton.
The Philips Search and Rescue Trust operates six helicopters from five different locations:
– Palmerston North: Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, based at Palmerston North Hospital, Manawatu
– Hamilton: Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter, based at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton
– Rotorua: Baytrust Rescue Helicopter, based at Rotorua Hospital, Rotorua
– Taupo: Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, based at Anzac Memorial Drive, Taupo
– Bay of Plenty: Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter, based at Tauranga Hospital, Tauranga
Current Unit Assignments
Historical Unit Assignments
All-Time Flying Units List
Current Air Bases
See organisational structure above.
All-Time Air Bases Used List
To be added