Australian Aerial Patrol

Operator Profile


Narrative Summary

To be added.

Key Dates

1957 Greater Wollongong Aerial Patrol established.
19?? Service renamed Australian Aerial Patrol.
1993 AAP recognised as an accredited civil SAR unit.
2002 AAP becomes a Tier 1 SAR unit for AMSA.
2006 Tier 1 SAR duty passed to AeroRescue.
2007 AAP reverts to original shark patrol mission.

Current Status

The AAP aircraft are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Special Markings

The P-68 and Chieftain fly in a red and yellow colour scheme, while the Cessna 182 colours are more yellow than red. The titles AERIAL PATROL appear on the fuselage sides, while numerous sponsors logos appear on the lower or rear fuselage.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

AAP aircraft carry Australian civil aircraft registration, e.g. P-68 VH-APH.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Cessna 182 1 1 Patrol USA
Partenavia P-68C Victor 1 1 Patrol contractor
Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain 1 1 Patrol USA

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Aeronca 11AC Chief 1 1957 1958 USA
Cessna 172 1 ? ? USA
Cessna 172A 1 ? ? USA
Cessna 182 1 ? current USA
Cessna 402 1 ? ? USA
Partenavia P-68C Victor 1 ? current Italy
Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain 1 2001 current USA

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

Aeronca 11 VH-AJZ was lost in an accident on 12 April 1958.


Main Headquarters

Australian Aerial Patrol, PO Box 162 Dapto 2530 NSW.

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 AAP is based at Illawarra Regional Airport at Albion Park, south of Sydney.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


None known.


Australian Aerial Patrol
wikipedia: Australian Aerial Patrol
Aviator.mag: Australian Aerial Patrol
Facebook: Australian Aerial Patrol
Australian Aerial Patrol
DCA Accident Reports 1956-1968

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.