Unlike the other police services of Australia, the South Australia Police (SAPOL) does not appear to have established a fixed wing aircraft unit. A helicopter appears to have been in use by 1980. At present, it occaisionally uses an EC120 helicopter from the State Rescue Helicopter Service, which operates under Motor Accident Commission (MAC) colours. This gives South Australia the poorest police air support of any Australian state.
|19??||First helicopter leased.|
|May 1980||State Rescue Helicopter Service established.|
The SAPOL uses an EC120 from the State Rescue Helicopter Service on an ‘as required’ basis.
No plans known.
The helicopter operates in Motor Accident Commission (MAC) colours.
Aircraft Serial Numbers
The MAC helicopters carry Australian civil aircraft registrations, with the last two letters ‘SA’ for South Australia, eg. EC120 VH-OSA.
Coding system not used.
None – Manufacturers designations used
Current Aircraft Inventory
Not applicable – aircraft are administered by the State Rescue Helicopter Service.
All-Time Aircraft Used List
Not applicable – see above.
Aircraft NOT Used
No false reports known.
Aircraft Losses and Incidents
No losses known.
South Australia Police, 100 Angas Street, Adelaide, SA 5000.
The SAPOL does not have a dedicated aviation unit.
Current Unit Assignments
No subordinate units.
Historical Unit Assignments
All-Time Flying Units List
Current Air Bases
All-Time Air Bases Used List
To be added