Snowy Hydro SouthCare

Operator Profile


Narrative Summary

The Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter provides EMS and rescue services to people in the ACT and South-eastern NSW. Its naming sponsor is the Snowy Hydro hydro-electric company. The service was launched on 1 October 1998. Some time before 2006 it moved its base from Canberra IAP to a dedicated facility in Symonston.

Key Dates

1 October 1998 Snowy Hydro SouthCare helicopter service first established.
20?? SHSC base moved to dedicated facility at Symonston.

Current Status

The SHSC helicopter is fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Special Markings

The SHSC helicopter originally flew in a white and green colour scheme, with a red diagonal stripe separating the two main colours. ‘SouthCare’ titles were displayed on the tail boom and ‘Snowy Hydro’ titles on the cabin doors. The logo of the Ambulance Service of New South Wales was carried on the cockpit doors. A new colour colour scheme comprising a green tail boom, white fuselage and a blue rotor fairing and upper fuselage was later introduced. The position of the titles was revised so that they always read SnowyHydro – SouthCare on both the port and starboard sides.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

The SHSC helicopter carries an Australian civil aircraft registration, i.e. Bell 412 VH-NSC.

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
Bell 412 1 1 0 EMS

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Bell 412 1 1998 current contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

Snowy Hydro SouthCare, Emergency Services Complex, 82 David Warren Road, Hume ACT 2620, Australia.

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 SHSC helicopter is based at the Emergency Services Complex at Symonston, a region of Canberra.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

Originally based at Canberra International Airport the SHSC, the helicopter later moved to a dedicated facility at Symonston.

More Information


None known.


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