New Zealand Flying Doctor Service

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Garden City Helicopters operate a fleet of fixed wing aircraft to support aeromedical transport with the New Zealand Flying Doctor Service. While the two Cessna aircraft are used solely for medical transfers, the high performance King Air 200 and King Air C90B have a dual role offering passenger transfers and corporate charter flights.

Key Dates

1996 Garden City Helicopters launches NZ Flying Doctor Service.
2001 Second aircraft enters service.

Current Status

The aircraft of the Service are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

National Insignia

The two dedicated NZFDS aircraft carry the NZFDS insignia on the fin and NZ FLYING DOCTOR SERVICE titles on the fuselage. The two dual role aircraft carry a smaller version of the NZFDS insignia on the forward fuselage.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

NZFDS aircraft carry civil registrations.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Cessna 421 Golden Eagle 1 1 0 Air Ambulance
Cessna 441 Conquest II 1 1 0 Air Ambulance
Beech King Air 200 1 1 0 VIP Transport/Air Ambulance
Beech King Air C90 1 1 0 VIP Transport/Air Ambulance

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Cessna 421 Golden Eagle 1 1996 current USA
Cessna 441 Conquest II 1 2001 current RDFS
Beech King Air 200 1 2009 current USA
Beech King Air C90 1 2011 current USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust, 515 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand 8053.

Organisational Structure

The Air Ambulance service is provided by Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust, but the aircraft are actually maintained and operated by Garden City Helicopters Ltd.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Both dedicated aircraft are based at Christchurch Airport.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

NZ Flying Doctor Service
New Zealand Flying Doctor Service
111 Emergency: Air ambulances
King Air C90 ZK-FDN
Beech 200C ZK-FDR

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.