New South Wales

New South Wales Police moves into new hangar facility

New South Wales Police moves into new hangar facility

17-Nov-2020Source: HeliHub.com

In a recent ceremony to open the New South Wales Police Aviation Command’s new headquarters at Sydney’s Bankstown Airport. Aviation Commander, Superintendent Matt Appleton, hosted NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller and NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, and officially opened the new facility during a COVID-safe ceremony and plaque unveiling. Established in... Read more

HAI Announces Recipient of 2020 Salute to Excellence Golden Hour Award

HAI Announces Recipient of 2020 Salute to Excellence Golden Hour Award

11-Nov-2019Source: HAI

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) Ambulance Service is the 2020 recipient of the Salute to Excellence Golden Hour Award. This award recognizes the efforts of an individual, group, or organization that, through a particular activity or contributions over time, has advanced the use of helicopters in... Read more

NSW Premier and Minister for Health open EMS helicopter base

NSW Premier and Minister for Health open EMS helicopter base

25-Jan-2018Source: New South Wales Government

More than 2000 patients have been rescued by aeromedical choppers in Sydney and southern NSW in the past year, under the $151.2 million Helicopter Retrieval Network. Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Health Brad Hazzard today officially opened the new $25 million Bankstown NSW Ambulance and Toll Rescue Helicopter Base, marking a significant milestone in... Read more

NSW Ambulance and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Base at Lismore Airport

NSW Ambulance and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Base at Lismore Airport

11-Sep-2017Source: NSW Ambulance

NSW aeromedical services will get a significant boost with the official opening of the brand new $5 million NSW Ambulance and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Base at Lismore Airport. Minister for Health Brad Hazzard, joined by Member for Lismore Thomas George, NSW Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service CEO Richard Jones, today officially... Read more

Maclean Hospital Closes Helipad

Maclean Hospital Closes Helipad

24-May-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Maclean District Hospital has had to close down their attached helipad after the Northern NSW Local Health District conducted a safety audit. New safety and engineering rules have been set in place to ensure the overall safety of helicopter landing sites. Maclean District Hospital’s helipad did not meet these guidelines. A temporary landing site for... Read more

New Air Ambulance Helicopter Arrives for South Wales

New Air Ambulance Helicopter Arrives for South Wales

25-Apr-2017Source: Wales Air Ambulance

The first of a brand new fleet of custom-built helicopters has touched down at Wales Air Ambulance’s airbase in Dafen, Llanelli. Providing coverage for the whole of South Wales, the advanced Airbus H145 model is the first of three helicopter upgrades being introduced this year, which will significantly enhance operations, the charity has said. Members... Read more

New AW139s Unable to Land on Northern New South Wales Helipads

New AW139s Unable to Land on Northern New South Wales Helipads

14-Mar-2017Source: HeliHub.com

New AW139 rescue helicopters have hit a snag in Northern New South Wales, as they are too large for the helipads, causing an excess downwash. These helicopters are now unable to land at eight of the regional helipads. Adam Marshalls, Northern Tablelands MP, has commented how he is perplexed at how health management did not... Read more

NSW Government provides $2.3M for new EMS base

NSW Government provides $2.3M for new EMS base

19-Oct-2016Source: Rescue Helicopters

The NSW Government will provide $2.3 million for a new Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service aeromedical base at Belmont.        Planning Minister Rob Stokes said the new base at Lake Macquarie Airport will be a key emergency service facility for northern NSW with aircraft hangar facilities; day maintenance and training facilities; and accommodation for... Read more

NSW Government funds Condobolin helipad

NSW Government funds Condobolin helipad

7-Dec-2015Source: ABC News

The Nationals Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries says a helipad at Condobolin hospital in central-west New South Wales will help link the district with more specialist services.See full story.... Read more

NSW Morgue to be demolished so helipad can be built

NSW Morgue to be demolished so helipad can be built

11-Nov-2015Source: ABC News

An old morgue at Condobolin Hospital in central-west New South Wales is being demolished to make way for a helipad aimed at fast-tracking patients.See full story.... Read more

Toll Group Signs for Eight AW139s

Toll Group Signs for Eight AW139s

1-Mar-2015Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland and Australia’s Toll Group are pleased to announce the purchase of eight AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters. The aircraft will be operated to perform Emergency Medical Service (EMS) missions in the Southern Region of New South Wales from newly constructed bases in Bankstown (Sydney), Orange, Wollongong and from the existing base in Canberra as part... Read more

Snowy Hydro SouthCare boss leaving for new cancer charity role

Snowy Hydro SouthCare boss leaving for new cancer charity role

27-Feb-2015Source: ABC News

Owen Finegan announced he would be leaving the ACT-based Snowy Hydro SouthCare and moving to Sydney due to family commitments. See Full Story... Read more

New South Wales splits EMS cover into two contracts

New South Wales splits EMS cover into two contracts

22-Dec-2014Source: NSW Health

Contracts have been signed with the two preferred proponents to deliver the state’s new Helicopter Retrieval Network – one of the largest of its type in the world, Health Minister Jillian Skinner announced today. Mrs Skinner said the new network is made up of two regions, which will improve response times and deliver better patient... Read more

NSW Police launches new Bell 412EPI as “Polair 5”

NSW Police launches new Bell 412EPI as “Polair 5”

1-Dec-2014Source: NSW Police Force

The NSW Police Force has launched two new state-of-the-art additions to the Aviation Support Branch, PolAir 5 and PolAir 7. NSW Police Force Commissioner Andrew Scipione, unveiled the new aircraft at the Aviation Support Branch at Bankstown Airport today (Sunday 30 November 2014). The Commissioner was joined by the Governor of NSW, His Excellency General... Read more

Westpac EC120 starts 24H EMS operation in Central West NSW

Westpac EC120 starts 24H EMS operation in Central West NSW

31-Mar-2014Source: Western Advocate

After a long and emotive battle, the people of the central west New South Wales have access to a 24-hour Ambulance NSW rescue helicopter service based in Orange.  See full story... Read more

Orange City Council confirm base of 24×7 air ambulance helicopter

Orange City Council confirm base of 24×7 air ambulance helicopter

5-Feb-2014Source: ABC

Orange City Council have formalised a decision on the location of a new base for the soon-to-be-established 24 hour medical helicopter service.  See full service... Read more

Northern NSW Westpac Helicopter Services combine

Northern NSW Westpac Helicopter Services combine

9-Dec-2013Source: Guyra Argus

The two Westpac rescue helicopter services based in the northern half of NSW will be part of one single tender to be made by the Hunter and New England North West Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service under its existing Air Operating Certificate.  See full story... Read more

New South Wales Police signs for Bell 412EPI

New South Wales Police signs for Bell 412EPI

21-Nov-2013Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed purchase agreement with the New South Wales Police Force for the first Bell 412EPI helicopter to be operated in Australia. Based in Sydney, Australia, the New South Wales Police will take delivery of the new aircraft in late 2014 where it will be used for... Read more

Queensland puts Au$3.57M of state funds into Night Vision upgrades

Queensland puts Au$3.57M of state funds into Night Vision upgrades

11-Nov-2013Source: Logan Reporter

Under this initiative, RACQ Careflight Rescue, the Central Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service and Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service will each share in Government support to introduce NVG.  see full story... Read more

Australia – NSW Government invests in emergency helicopter network

Australia – NSW Government invests in emergency helicopter network

17-Jul-2013Source: NSW Government

In 2011, the Minister for Health requested that the Director General conduct an independent Strategic Review of the Ambulance Service of NSW. The Review has proceeded in two interrelated stages: Examination of the operational effectiveness, financing and governance of the NSW Ambulance Service; and Review of Aeromedical (Rotary Wing) Retrieval Services and the development of... Read more

Community opposes Nowra air ambulance move

Community opposes Nowra air ambulance move

3-Apr-2013Source: Illawarra Mercury

A proposal to relocate the Albion Park Rail-based rescue helicopter to Nowra has met the same fierce community opposition directed towards the plan to move the chopper to Sydney  (see full story).... Read more

Plans for helicopter ‘mega base’ under way in Sydney

Plans for helicopter ‘mega base’ under way in Sydney

4-Jan-2013

The new ”mega base” designed for rescue services would be built on the site of the old Parramatta City Raceway site near the M4, which is now called Sydney Speedway, said Ian Badham, an executive director of the rescue helicopter service CareFlight. (see full story)... Read more

Child Flight landing for the last time in 23 years

Child Flight landing for the last time in 23 years

28-Nov-2012Source: Child Flight

Telstra Child Flight, founded by the community as the emergency helicopter service for critically ill children, has been helping to save young lives across NSW and the ACT for some 23 years. We have survived storms, floods, bushfires and funding shortfalls and we have dealt with critical life-or-death situations on a daily basis. Our specially... Read more

CareFlight to fly more children across New South Wales

CareFlight to fly more children across New South Wales

28-Nov-2012Source: CareFlight

National aeromedical charity CareFlight has been selected by the NSW Government to fly medical teams from the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS) from January next year. Starting on 1 January, CareFlight will provide two helicopters to fly the NETS teams and patients from all over NSW to leading metropolitan hospitals in Sydney, Newcastle... Read more

NSW Police host Helicopter Tactical Training Course

NSW Police host Helicopter Tactical Training Course

9-Mar-2012Source: NSW Police

NSW Police have hosted a Helicopter Tactical Training Course, presented by a world-class tactical flight officer. The three-day ‘Kevin Means: Tactical Flying’ course was held in Parramatta between Monday (5 March 2012) and Wednesday (7 March 2012) and attended by Aviation Support Units from police forces across Australia. Kevin Means is regarded as the world’s... Read more

Call for 24×7 EMS helicopter in central NSW

Call for 24×7 EMS helicopter in central NSW

26-Jun-2011Source: Centroc

“I was surprised and concerned to see that Central NSW does not have a 24 hour helicopter medical retrieval service,” said Cr Phyllis Miller, Chair of Centroc and Mayor of Forbes. “The current contract CHC Helicopters has with Ambulance NSW for medical retrieval services by helicopter is for 12 hours a day and only during... Read more

NSW Police Force launches new Eurocopter EC135P2+

NSW Police Force launches new Eurocopter EC135P2+

5-Jun-2011Source: NSW Police

NSW Police Force Commissioner, Andrew Scipione APM, has welcomed the latest addition to the Aviation Support Branch, PolAir 4. PolAir 4 is the Force’s newest helicopter, a twin-engine Eurocopter EC135 P2+, will replace the current single-engine model. The aircraft features newly-designed rotor technology, including a fenestron shrouded tail-rotor, which is significantly quieter than previous models.... Read more

Opposition party promises new NSW helicopter if they win election

Opposition party promises new NSW helicopter if they win election

20-Mar-2011Source: ABC

Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell will mark the final week of the New South Wales’ election campaign later today with a promise to fund more police officers and a  a new Ua$16 million counter-terrorism helicopter and 100 additional police vehicles.... Read more

Helipad mooted for new Macquarie University Hospital

Helipad mooted for new Macquarie University Hospital

27-Jan-2011Source: Northern District Times

Macquarie University will consider installing a helipad for its new state-of-the-art hospital in the wake of recent emergency helicopter transfers of patients from emergency departments of other hospitals.... Read more

New South Wales rescue helicopter gets Au$500,000 and new base

New South Wales rescue helicopter gets Au$500,000 and new base

26-Nov-2010Source: ABC

The Premier, Kristina Keneally, has announced $500,000 for the region’s rescue helicopter. Ms Keneally made the announcement at the official opening of the new $2.3-million headquarters for the service at Tamworth Airport.... Read more

Firefighting Bell 212 stationed in Cootamundra, Australia

Firefighting Bell 212 stationed in Cootamundra, Australia

26-Nov-2010Source: Cootamundra Herald

Cootamundra will be home to one of the biggest firefighting helicopters in regional NSW this summer, with the arrival of a Bell 212 aircraft to be operated by Canadian operator Valhalla Helicopters.... Read more

NSW paramedics refuse to use “inadequate” EC145s

NSW paramedics refuse to use “inadequate” EC145s

27-Oct-2010Source: Daily Telegraph

Paramedics are refusing to use two of the Ambulance Service’s rescue helicopters after a patient with spinal injuries was forced to be off-loaded, delaying crucial treatment. [File photo]... Read more

Westpac Surf Rescue helicopter launched at Moruya

Westpac Surf Rescue helicopter launched at Moruya

27-Oct-2010Source: Ulladulla Online

The boosted financial assistance from Westpac will fund a helicopter on the NSW South Coast from the 1st December 2010, to coincide with the start of the busy summer season.... Read more

Audit raises big questions over NSW air ambulance under CHC contract

Audit raises big questions over NSW air ambulance under CHC contract

23-Sep-2010Source: Sydney Morning Herald

The NSW government’s decision to award a contract for medical helicopter services to a private company instead of the charity CareFlight has led to slower services that are three times more expensive, an audit has found.... Read more

Australia: Scotland Islanders push for a helipad

Australia: Scotland Islanders push for a helipad

26-Mar-2010Source: Manly Daily

RESIDENTS have suggested a helipad on Scotland Island for faster emergency transport to hospital.... Read more

Twin-engine safety rules will ground three NSW police helicopters

Twin-engine safety rules will ground three NSW police helicopters

5-Oct-2009Source: Sydney Morning Herald

New Civil Aviation Safety Authority requirements that will make it mandatory for police helicopters to have two engines... Read more

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