Leonardo announced today that the Government of Queensland in Australia has placed an order for two additional AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircrafts are expected to enter into service by December 2018 performing emergency medical services and search and rescue missions over land and sea. The AW139s will replace two older helicopter models… Read more »
Minister for Emergency Services Mark Ryan announced today the Palaszczuk Government’s $2.4 million allocation in its 2017/18 State Budget to keep the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter in Mount Isa flying to ensure the safety of residents and visitors to the north-west. “The LifeFlight operations are an important emergency service for Queenslanders and in particular for… Read more »
The Toowoomba Regional Council has unanimously agreed on the proposal to build a new LifeFlight base or expand the existing one at the Toowoomba Aerodrome. The proposal was last minute, reports The Chronicle. They have applied for funding through the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.
Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service in South-East Queensland is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. The organization has saved over 850 lives since their first flight in their Bell 206A Jet Ranger, December 5 1976. With a total of 10 000 missions flown, they now have a fleet consisting of an Airbus H135 and a… Read more »
The airlift of a critically ill patient from one of the Whitsunday Islands on Saturday night marked the 7000th mission for RACQ CQ Rescue. The milestone mission, the 314th task this year for the Mackay-based rescue helicopter, was incredibly significant for both the region and the community-funded organisation which next month celebrates two decades of… Read more »
Pacific Crown Helicopters, based at Caloundra Airport in Queensland on the east coast of Australia, is expanding. The company specialises in the sales, completion and refurbishment of new and used Airbus Helicopters, including custom interiors and exterior paintwork. Their portfolio includes avionic system design and fit-outs, part supply, and all the roles involved in import,… Read more »
In an important milestone for RACQ CareFlight Rescue, its Toowoomba-based Bell 412 XCO helicopter today celebrates 24 years of lifesaving service. Affectionately known as “Clive” after well-known philanthropist Clive Berghofer or “Oscar”, the helicopter joined CareFlight’s operational fleet in 2009 as South West Queensland’s dedicated rescue chopper. Since then, Oscar has kept a watchful eye… Read more »
RACQ CareFlight Rescue’s Brisbane-based crew completed its first mission on board the new AgustaWestland 139 (AW139) helicopter today. “After six weeks of intensive crew training, the AW139 helicopter officially became operational this morning,” CareFlight Operations Manager Matt O’Rourke said. The milestone flight was a hospital transfer for a 65-year-old woman suffering a cardiac condition. “A… Read more »
Cairns helicopter company Nautilus Aviation is set to expand with a new base being set up at the regional mining town of Mount Isa, according to the Cairns Post. The company will base a JetRanger there by the end of this month, and plan on giving focus to scenic flights and heli-camping. CEO Aaron Finn… Read more »
AHIA can email original tender offer with pdf info & contract forms, etc. to an individual or company member upon request. The purpose of this Invitation is to seek Offers from Suppliers who possess the capabilities, capacity and experience to provide the Services as described in this ITO to Customers throughout the State of Queensland. … Read more »
RACQ CareFlight Rescue has airlifted a patient after he was bitten by what is believed to be a deadly Tiger Snake. The man in his 60s was struck on the left foot once while moving boxes in a shed at a property in Queensland’s South West. “The patient was initially treated on scene by QAS… Read more »
Queensland families will be safer in emergencies and rescue helicopters will respond quicker, following a partnership with Rio Tinto that includes a new operations centre with state-of-the-art interactive technology. The Queensland Government Air Operations Centre and new ‘Cruiser Interactive’ technology were unveiled by Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey and Rio Tinto… Read more »
THE first day Becker Helicopter Services began business from an airport on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, it poured rain all day and co-founder Jan Becker was in labour with her second child.See Full Story
North Queensland’s Nautilus Aviation has welcomed an Airbus Helicopters EC130 B4 as the newest member of its fleet of Airbus Helicopters aircraft.nautilus-112 The EC130 B4’s arrival continues Nautilus Aviation’s expansion since its beginning in 1988. Today, the company operates three Airbus Helicopters EC120s and one Airbus Helicopters EC130 B4 from their recently opened Cairns hangar,… Read more »
Communities in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula will receive improved emergency helicopter services after the Queensland Government committed funding to 30 June 2016. Emergency Services Minister Jack Dempsey said the extension of the agreement with Australian Helicopters Pty Ltd would ensure the residents of Far North Queensland communities would continue to benefit from this… Read more »
The Grand Master’s Australian Medal (Awarded to an individual, a group or organisation involved in any branch of aviation in the Australian Region or to Australian nationals abroad, who or which has made a meritorious contribution to any aviation activity, either by displaying technical excellence or by the development of a procedure or operational technique… Read more »
The Queensland Government’s emergency helicopters, police and fixed wing aircraft will be brought together and operated under one combined service. The decision to establish the new Government Air Service comes after an extensive review examined what was the most effective and efficient way to operate the government air and helicopter services. The review assessed three… Read more »
Flightsim Aviation is now the new exclusive sales representative for entrol flight simulators in Australia and New Zealand. Flightsim Aviation is a company based on the Sunshine Coast Centre in Queensland (Australia) specialized in flight simulators for pilot training. Tony McLellan of Flightsim Aviation, who has a background of helicopter and international airline flying spanning… Read more »
The RACQ now sponsors the entire fleet of community rescue helicopters across Queensland, with the addition today of the Maroochydore and Bundaberg-based Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service. RACQ Group Chief Executive Officer Ian Gillespie said the expansion to the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay Burnett substantially enhances the RACQ’s community rescue network. “Becoming the naming… Read more »
One of Australia’s leading suppliers of mission-critical helicopter services, Australian Helicopters (AHPL), has today commenced new contracts with both the Central Queensland Rescue Service (CQRS) and Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS) to support provision of emergency medical services to the Queensland Government. AHPL was selected as preferred supplier in March and will provide increased capability… Read more »
Pickering’s Mount Isa came to the rescue of the RACQ NQ Rescue Helicopter by pledging $60,000 over the next three years. Dealer Principal Chad Brazaitis said ‘After attending the helicopters Sportsman’s Dinner last year and seeing all the great work they preform I was extremely interested in getting on board. Then I heard them on… Read more »
Reaffirming its position as North Queensland’s leading helicopter tourism operator, Great Barrier Reef Helicopters is pleased to announce the appointment of a new head of its Customer Services department, David Howarth. (See Full Story)
The Central West group of councils says at a meeting in Sydney last week Jillian Skinner said she supported a review recommendation that the Orange based helicopter operate round-the clock. (See Full Story)
RACQ CQ Rescue and the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue may be used to lending a helping hand, and now they’ve had the favour returned with BMA contributing $330,000 over three years to these organisations (see full story).
Australian Helicopters has been selected as the new helicopter provider to support both Central Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service (CQRS), based in Mackay, and Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service (CHRS), based in Rockhampton, to assist with emergency response on behalf of Queensland Health. The services will transition over in July 2013 from incumbent operators at both the… Read more »
Increased funding for community-based emergency helicopter operators has been granted as the Newman Government considers plans for lasting change in their financial support. A new funding model for these essential services is detailed in the Summary Report of the Review of Aeromedical Helicopter Services in Queensland – November 2012, released for consultation by Health Minister… Read more »
In mid August, the Queensland Police Service commenced a 13 week contract with Westpac Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service. As a result, the police chopper is now a BO105 EC Super 5, ex-German police helicopter with an excellent reputation and history. It is a twin-engine gas turbine, equipped with state-of- the-art navigation and surveillance equipment including:… Read more »
The Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Helicopter Rescue service will receive a boost to its frontline operational capabilities including faster response times with todayâ€™s opening of its new $1.6 million hangar at Archerfield Airport. Community Safety Minister, Jack Dempsey said the new hangar, which connects to the existing hangar at Archerfield by a taxiway, will provide… Read more »
Ed: Background to this press release is that Queensland has recently gone through elections, and the incoming administration have fulfilled a manifesto pledge by taking this action Police Minister Jack Dempsey has secured South East Queenslandâ€™s police helicopter. The Gold Coast-based police helicopter, which was originally funded by the Gold Coast City Council, will now… Read more »
At some stages of the chase, officers in the central police communications centre were forced to rely on footage of the chase being broadcast live via media helicopters in order to relay the location of stolen cars to police on the ground. (see full story). Short on proper equipment to do the job, perhaps?
A new Labor Government will invest $7.5 million over the next three years to provide a permanent police helicopter for the Gold Coast. Premier Anna Bligh said the trial of a police helicopter currently underway on the coast had proven the use of the aircraft was beneficial to fighting crime in the area. â€œIn July… Read more »
Rio Tinto’s sponsorship of $1M a year over the next 10 years will be in addition to what the State Government provides.Â EMQ are looking at using the first year of the Rio Tinto funds to increase the fuel capacity (and thus range) of their three AW139s.Â (see full story) Photos reproduced with prior permission… Read more »
A new police eye in the sky has taken a major step forward after the successful tender for a six month police helicopter trial was announced today. Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke said Heliwest would operate a single gas turbine Bell R206 Longranger that would provide police with aerial surveillance capabilities. â€œTodayâ€™s announcement represents a… Read more »
A high-speed car chase that allegedly saw a stolen yellow Porsche Boxster hit speeds of more than 150km/h underlines the need for a police helicopter for the Gold Coast, police say. See full story and video
Sunshine Coast Airport in Ausralia’s state of Queensland is preparing to create new helipads to move the noise signature of rotary wing movements away from the east side of the airport, thus reducing the environmental impact on residential neighbours in the Pacific Paradise and Mudjimba areas.Â Major Projects Councillor Debbie Blumel said that theÂ installation… Read more »
The ATSB has begun investigation AO-2011-110 following the crash of AS350B VH-RDU earlier today.Â The helicopter was being operated by Cairns based Heli Charters on a task linked to a communications tower on Double Mountain, near Shoalwater Bay in Queensland.Â Police reported that two of the three occupants died in the crash, with the third… Read more »
The Gold Coast City Council voted unanimously to commit $500,000 to a six-month police helicopter trial.Â The State Government and Queensland Police Service also announced 50 uniformed officers would be brought in from other police regions for a one-month blitz on criminal and anti-social behaviour.
The commission has heard many communities struggled to access helicopters during the flood crisis.Â Dr Mark Elcock, a senior officer with the state’s emergency helicopter network, said there should be an ‘overarching’ group, which knows where all helicopters are and can deploy them more appropriately.
QUEENSLAND, Australia, January 17, 2011 â€“ A Kaman K-MAXÂ®Â Aerial Truck flown by Skywork Helicopters, a leading provider of helicopter services in New Zealand and Australia, recently lifted six sections of a 120-ft electrical power transmission tower perfectly into place, enabling construction workers to bolt the sections together and complete the entire tower assembly in… Read more »
Heli Charters Australia, North Queensland’s largest helicopter operator, has purchased the fixed wing operation known as Weipa Air, expanding the current fleet of 12 helicopters to include 4 fixed wing twin-engine, air conditioned Aero Commanders. Managing Director, Steve Spinaze says “having bases already in Cairns, Weipa, Normanton and Horn Island, means the expansion into fixed… Read more »
Becker Helicopters are flying high after winning the award for innovation at the 21st annual Premier of Queenslandâ€™s Export Awards. The awards recognise the contribution that exporters make to the stateâ€™s economy.
The community is rallying to raise funds to re-establish the Mt Isa-based, North Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service, particularly after the Government’s decision to help fund a helicopter rescue service for Toowoomba, but not for their more isolated area.
RACQ-CQ Rescue welcomed a new team member yesterday â€“ a second Bell 412 helicopter. The helicopter, which landed at its new base at 2.30pm, will replace the single-engine SA360 Dauphin that has been with the service since April, 2004.
Member for Hinchinbrook, Andrew Cripps, has demanded answers from Health Minister Paul Lucas after concerns were raised the helipad at the Ingham Hospital still does not meet design specifications and Queensland Health will not let helicopters land on it.
SUNSHINE Coast beaches will be safer this summer thanks to Surf Life Saving Queenslandâ€™s newest piece of equipment â€“ a twin engine helicopter.Â The EC135 chopperâ€™s keys were handed over to SLSQ by Queensland emergency services minister Neil Roberts.