Central Region Emergency Services Trust

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

The Central Region Emergency Service Trust (CREST) was formed by a group of Manawatu residents in 2009, who wanted to see a locally owned and operated rescue helicopter in Palmerston North. The existing helicopter was the Square Trust Rescue Helicopter operated by Philips Search and Rescue Trust, which was not felt to provide adequate service.

In 2020 a contract was signed with HELiPRO for two helicopters and the service launched soon after. Unfortunately, contracted helicopter operator HELiPRO went into receivership in November 2014 and subsequently closed down its entire New Zealand operation. The CREST service appears to have ceased at the same time.

Following the cessation of helicopter operations, the Charitable Trust itself appears to have been dissolved.

Key Dates

April 2009 CREST first established.
February 2010 Service agreement signed with HeliPro.
11 November 2014 Contractor HELiPRO is closed down.

Current Status

The CREST organisation appears to have been disbanded. No official websites are functional.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

Special Markings

The CREST helicopters operated in the standard overall red colour scheme of HELiPRO.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The helicopter carries New Zealand civil aircraft registration.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Not applicable.

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
MBB BK 117 2 2010 2013 contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Central Region Emergency Service Trust, Palmerston North.

Organisational Structure

No subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

Not applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

The helicopters were based at Palmerston North Airport.


More Information

Books

None known.

Magazines

To be added

Websites

  • New Rescue Service
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  • Life Flight Trust

    Operator Profile

    History

    Narrative Summary

    Helicopter rescue services in the Wellington area began in 1976 with Capital Helicopters obtaining and air operating licence in 1976. The service was progressively upgraded and in 1982 the Life Flight Trust was formally established. The next year a fixed-wing air ambulance service was added.

    Key Dates

    1976 Helicopter rescue service first established.
    Nov 1982 Life Flight Trust first established.
    1983 Fixed wing air ambulance services start.

    Current Status

    The Life Flight Trust is fully operational.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The rescue helicopter operates in the standard Westpac Rescue colours of red and yellow. The fixed wing aircraft operate in a red and white colour scheme, except for the Jetstream which operates in a unique ‘bandaged’ paint scheme.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    The LFT aircraft and helicopters operate with New Zealand civil aircraft 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
    British Aerospace Jetstream 32 1 1 0 Air Ambulance
    Fairchild Metroliner SA227CC 1 1 0 Air Ambulance
    MBB BK 117B2 1 1 0 EMS/Search & Rescue

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
    Aerospatiale AS350B 1 1989 1993 Capital Helicopters
    Bell 206B JetRanger 1 1977 1986 Capital Helicopters
    British Aerospace Jetstream 32 1 May 2012 current contractor
    Cessna 421 Golden Eagle 1 1983 19?? contractor
    Fairchild Metroliner SA227CC 2 2001 current USA
    Hughes 300 1 1976 1977 Capital Helicopters
    MBB BK 117B2 2 1993 current Germany
    MBB Bo 105 1 1988 1989 Capital Helicopters
    Piper Cheyenne II 1 1994 19?? contractor

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    The Bell 206 was lost in an accident.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Life Flight Air Rescue Centre, 17 George Bolt Street, Rongotai, Wellington and Hangar 5, Hape Drive, Auckland Airport, Manukau.

    Organisational Structure

    No subordinate units.

    Current Unit Assignments

    No subordinate units.

    Historical Unit Assignments

    Not applicable.

    All-Time Flying Units List

    Not applicable.

    Air Bases

    Current Air Bases

    TYhe fixed wing aircraft are based at Wellington IAP and Auckland. The helicopter is based at Wellington International Airport.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

  • Facebook: Life Flight
  • Life Flight Trust
  • Kiwi Flyer
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  • Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust

    Operator Profile

    History

    Narrative Summary

    The Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust was first formed in 1998 to establish and fund a dedicated intensive care rescue helicopter service for the greater Otago area. The helicopter began operations later in 1998.

    Key Dates

    1998 Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust first established.

    Current Status

    The Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter is fully operational.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The ORH operates in an overall black colour scheme with OTAGO REGIONAL RESCUE titles on the fuselage.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    The helicopter carries New Zealand civil aircraft registration.

    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
    MBB BK 117 1 1 0 EMS/Search & Rescue

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
    MBB BK 117 1 1998 current Helicopters Otago

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust, PO Box 188, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand.

    Organisational Structure

    No subordinate units.

    Current Unit Assignments

    No subordinate units.

    Historical Unit Assignments

    Not applicable.

    All-Time Flying Units List

    Not applicable.

    Air Bases

    Current Air Bases

    The helicopter is based at Taieri Airfield in Mosgie.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

  • Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust
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  • Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust

    Operator Profile

    History

    Narrative Summary

    In 1989 the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust was formally established to bring a rescue helicopter service to the Christchurch region. The helicopter began operations in 1990. A second smaller helicopter was introduced in 1997 – operating from Greymouth. ‘Solid Energy’ became the major sponsor of the second helicopter in 2001, but pulled out of the deal in April 2013 and was replaced as main sponsor by New Zealand Coal and Carbon (NZCC).

    Key Dates

    1989 Charitable Trust first established.
    1990 First helicopter delivered – MBB BK117.
    1997 Second helicopter introduced.

    Current Status

    Both helicopters are operated by Garden City Helicopters on hehalf of the CWCART and are fully operational.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The Christchurch-based ‘Westpac Rescue Helicopter’ operates in the standard Westpac red and yellow colour scheme. The Greymouth-based ‘NZCC Rescue Helicopter’ operates in an overall white colour scheme with two-tone green fuselage stripes and NZCC RESCUE logo.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    The helicopters carry New Zealand civil aircraft 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
    Aerospatiale AS 355F1 Twin Squirrel 1 1 0 EMS/Search & Rescue
    MBB BK 117 1 1 0 EMS/Search & Rescue

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
    Aerospatiale AS 355F1 Twin Squirrel 1 1997 current Garden City
    MBB BK 117 1 1990 current Garden City

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Harewood Aviation Park, 800C Pound Road, McLeans Island, Christchurch 7676, New Zealand.

    Organisational Structure

    The CWCART currently operates two different helicopters from two different locations – Christchurch and Greymouth.

    Current Unit Assignments

    No subordinate units.

    Historical Unit Assignments

    Not applicable.

    All-Time Flying Units List

    Not applicable.

    Air Bases

    Current Air Bases

    The helicopters are based at Christchurch Airport and Greymouth Airport.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

  • Facebook: Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust
  • Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust

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  • Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

    Operator Profile

    History

    Narrative Summary

    A helicopter rescue service started in Auckland when the Auckland Surf Life Saving Association started using a leased Hiller 12E helicopter in the summer of 1970. At the start of 1973 this helicopter was replace by a turboshaft engined FH-1100. On 31 January 1985 the ASLSA helicopter reached 1000 rescues since its inception 15 years earlier. Sometime in the 1980s a Bell 206 JetRanger was introduced, which was sponsored by Westpac from 1986. In 1990 a charitable trust was established to run a permament rescue helicopter service for the region. It initially took over the operations of the Bell 206, but later replaced this with an AS350.

    Key Dates

    Summer 1970 Auckland Surf Life Saving Association launches helicopter rescue service.
    1990 ARHT first established.
    1990 First helicopter operation by the trust.

    Current Status

    The helicopters are fully operational.

    Future Plans

    Take delivery of two new AW169 helicopters to replace the trusty BK117s.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    The ARHT helicopters operate in the standard Westpac Rescue Helicopter red and yellow colour scheme.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    The helicopters carry New Zealand civil aircraft 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
    AgustwWestland AW169 2 2 0 EMS/Search & Rescue
    MBB BK 117B2 2 2 0 EMS/Search & Rescue

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
    Aerospatiale AS350 Ecureuil 1 1990 1993 France
    AgustaWestland AW169 2 2015 current Italy
    Bell 206B JetRanger III 1 198? 1990 leased
    Fairchild Hiller FH-1100 1 Jan 1973 198? leased
    Hiller 12E 1 1970 1972 leased
    MBB BK 117B2 2 1993 current Japan

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, 3 Solent St, Mechanics Bay, Auckland, New Zealand.

    Organisational Structure

    No subordinate units.

    Current Unit Assignments

    No subordinate units.

    Historical Unit Assignments

    Not applicable.

    All-Time Flying Units List

    Not applicable.

    Air Bases

    Current Air Bases

    The helicopters are based at Mechanics Bay Heliport, Auckland.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    As above.


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

  • FacebookL: Westpac Rescue – Aukland
  • wikipedia: Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust
  • Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

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  • Current Unit Assignments

    of New Zealand Air Ambulance Service Providers
    Unit Type Base
    North Island
    Northland Emergency Services Trust 3 x S-76A Whangerei, Northland
    Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust 2 x BK117D2 Auckland City, Auckland
    Airwork Flight Operations 1 x Westwind 2 Auckland Airport, Auckland
    Philips Search & Rescue Trust 1 x BK117B2 Hamilton, Waikato
    Westpac Air Ambulance 1 x MU-2, 1 x PA-31 Chieftain Hamilton, Waikato
    Philips Search & Rescue Trust 1 x AS 350 Taupo, Waikato
    Philips Search & Rescue Trust 1 x AS 350 Rotorua, Bay of Plenty
    Philips Search & Rescue Trust 1 x AS 350 Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
    Eastland Rescue Helicopter Trust 1 x AS 350 Gisborne, East Coast
    Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust 1 x BK117B2 Hastings, Hawke’s Bay
    Philips Search & Rescue Trust 1 x AS 350 Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui
    Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust 1 x A109 Power New Plymouth, Taranaki
    Life Flight Trust 1 x BK117,
    1 x Jetstream 32, 2 x Metroliner
    Wellington City, Wellington
    South Island
    Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust 1 x BK117, 1 x AS 350BA Nelson, Marlborough
    Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust 1 x BK117B2 Christchuch, Canterbury
    NZCC Rescue Helicopter 1 x AS 350 Greymouth, West Coast
    Lakes District Air Rescue Trust 1 x AS 350 Queenstown, Otago
    Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust 1 x BK117B2 Dunedin, Otago
    Southern Lakes Helicopters 1 x AS350 Te Anau, Southland

    New Zealand Aeromedical Service Providers

    Operators Overview

    History

    Narrative Summary

    Given the low population density of New Zealand and the large distances between hospitals, Air Ambulance and helicopter rescue services have become a vital amenity.

    From the 1950s fixed-wing aircraft were being used to transport critically ill patients in remote aereas ot larger hospitals. The Kaitāia Aero Club operated an air ambulance from 1952 – first using a Fox Moth aeroplane and then a twin-engined Dominie.

    In late 1970 the first rescue helicopter service was launched in Auckland. This pioneering programme was soon imitated in other parts of the country. By the 1980s there were several rescue helicopter services operating. These high profile services soon attracted commercial sponsors. From about 1990 the creation of Charitable Trusts to administer the services was widely adopted.

    Once source says that aeromedical services are currently provided by 18 rescue helicopter trusts, and 12 companies and clubs operating fixed-wing aircraft – although only 13 trusts and 2 companies have been traced. These organisations are contracted by the government to ensure all regions have an ambulance service. Rescue helicopters also assist with police and search and rescue operations.

    Public aeromedical services receive less than half of their funding from government, the rest comes from public donations and commercial sponsorship.

    Key Dates

    late 1970 First rescue helicopter service launched in Auckland.
    1986 Commercial sponsors start providing funding.
    1990 Charitable Trusts become the preferred administration model.

    Current Status

    There are reportedly 18 rescue helicopter trusts and 12 companies and clubs providing public aeromedical services, altough only 13 trusts and 2 companies have been traced.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    Special Markings

    New Zealand Air Ambulances and rescue helicopters operate in a wide variety of markings. The helicopters normally display several coporate logos from their commercial sponosrs. There are no standard service titles.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    Aircraft and helicopters carry standard New Zealand civil registrations.

    Unit/Base Codes

    Coding system not used.


    Aircraft

    Aircraft Designations

    None – Manufacturers designations used

    Current Aircraft Inventory

    See individual operators.

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    See individual operators.

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    To be added.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    There is no central headquarters. The service is provided by individual operators tasked through the 111 emergency phone number system.

    Organisational Structure

    To be added.

    Current Unit Assignments

    Table of Current Unit Assignments

    Historical Unit Assignments

    To be added.

    All-Time Flying Units List

    Units Listing

    Air Bases

    Current Air Bases

    See unit assignments.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    To be added.


    More Information

    Books

    None known

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

    Wikipedia: Emergency Medical Services in New Zealand
    The Air Rescue Group
    Helis.com: New Zealand
    New Zealand Rescue Helicopters
    New Zealand Air Ambulances
    Ambulance Services
    NZ SAR

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    All-Time Units Listing

    of New Zealand Air Ambulance Service Providers

    This page lists all the New Zealand Air Ambulance Service Providers, since the service’s introduction.

    Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust
    Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust
    Central Region Emergency Services Trust
    Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust
    Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust (Eastland Community Trust)
    Hawke’s Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust (Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter Service)
    Lakes District Air Rescue Trust
    Life Flight Trust
    New Zealand Air Ambulance Service
    Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust
    Northland Emergency Services Trust
    Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust (Otago Helicopters)
    Philips Search and Rescue Trust
    Southern Lakes Helicopters
    Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust (Taranaki Electricity Trust)

    Aircraft-Carrying Ships
    Royal New Zealand Navy

    This page gives a summary of the aircraft-carrying ships which have been or are used by the Royal New Zealand Navy.

    Pennant No. Name Type Status
    C70 HMNZS Achilles Cruiser Retired
    C75 HMNZS Leander Cruiser Retired
    F421 HMNZS Canterbury Frigate Retired
    F104 HMNZS Southland Frigate Retired
    F55 HMNZS Waikato Frigate Retired
    F69 HMNZS Wellington Frigate Retired
    F77 HMNZS Te Kaha Frigate Active
    F111 HMNZS Te Mana Frigate Active
    L421 HMNZS Canterbury Amphibious Support Active
    P148 HMNZS Otago Offshore Patrol Active
    P55 HMNZS Wellington Offshore Patrol Active

    Royal New Zealand Navy

    Operator Profile

    History

    Narrative Summary

    The Royal New Zealand Navy started life as the New Zealand Naval Forces, part of the British Royal Navy from 1913. In 1921 this became the New Zealand Division of the Royal Navy, and in October 1941 became a fully independent naval force as the Royal New Zealand Navy.

    Beginning in 1936, the NZD operated catapult-launched Walrus amphibian biplanes from HMS Achilles and HMS Leander. The former ship took part in the Battle of the River Plate in 1939. The aircraft were retired at the end of World War II.

    In 1966 the RNZN became a helicopter operator, forming a squadron of Westland Wasp helicopters. Deployed on the Navy’s Leander Class Frigates, the Wasp provided excellent service for the next 32 years. In 1998 the Kaman SH-2 Seaprite replaced the Wasp in RNZN service. Initially an interim standard SH-2F version was operated, but this was later replaced by the more advanced SH-2G version.

    Key Dates

    1 October 1941 Royal New Zealand Navy established as a separate organisation.
    1966 First helicopter type obtained – Westland Wasp.
    1998 Kaman SH-2 Seasprite begins to replace the Wasp helicopter.

    Current Status

    All RNZN helicopters currently are currently active.

    Future Plans

    No plans known.


    Markings

    National Insignia

    The Walrus aircraft operated in standard Fleet Air Arm colours. The Wasp helicopter carried the high visibility version of the red Kiwi roundel on the fuselage sides, with ‘RNZN’ service titles. The Seaprites carry the low visibility version of the roundel with ‘NAVY’ service titles.

    Aircraft Serial Numbers

    Aircraft operating with the RNZN carry serials in the same sequence as the RNZAF, e.g. Wasp NZ3907.

    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
    Kaman SH-2G(NZ) Super Seasprite 5 5 0 ASW

    All-Time Aircraft Used List

    Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
    Kaman SH-2F Seasprite 4 1998 2001 USA
    Kaman SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite 8 2014 n/a USA
    Kaman SH-2G(NZ) Super Seasprite 5 2001 current USA
    Supermarine Walrus I ? 1936 1947 UK
    Westland Wasp HAS.1 15 1966 1998 UK

    Aircraft NOT Used

    No false reports known.

    Aircraft Losses and Incidents

    None known.

    Organisation

    Main Headquarters

    Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand, Trentham, Upper Hutt, Wellington.

    Organisational Structure

    The only current flying unit is No. 6 Squadron.

    Current Order of Battle

    As above.

    Historical Orders of Battle

    To be added.

    All-Time Flying Units List

    3 Squadron RNZAF
    6 Squadron RNZAF
    Naval Support Flight

    Air Bases

    Current Air Bases

    RNZN aircraft have been based at Whenuapai since July 1998.

    All-Time Air Bases Used List

    No.3 Squadron was originally based at Hobsonville until 1998.
    Aircraft-Carrying Ships Listing


    More Information

    Books

    None known.

    Magazines

    To be added

    Websites

    wikipedia: Royal New Zealand Navy
    Official website

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