South Australia Police Air Wing

of Australian Police Air Wings


Narrative Summary

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.

Key Dates

19?? First helicopter leased.
May 1980 State Rescue Helicopter Service established.

Current Status

The SAPOL uses an EC120 from the State Rescue Helicopter Service on an ‘as required’ basis.

Future Plans

No plans known.


National Insignia

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.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

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.


Main Headquarters

South Australia Police, 100 Angas Street, Adelaide, SA 5000.

Organisational Structure

The SAPOL does not have a dedicated aviation unit.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

No applicable.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


To be added


wikipedia: South Australia Police
State Rescue Helicopters

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.