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.
|1996||Garden City Helicopters launches NZ Flying Doctor Service.|
|2001||Second aircraft enters service.|
The aircraft of the Service are fully operational.
No plans known.
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.
Coding system not used.
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
Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust, 515 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand 8053.
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
All-Time Flying Units List
Current Air Bases
Both dedicated aircraft are based at Christchurch Airport.
All-Time Air Bases Used List
To be added