Westpac Rescue Helicopter
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter in Christchurch is a BK-117-B2 ZK-HJC.
It is operated by Garden City Helicopters . Principal sponsor is Westpac Banking Corporation.
The BK 117-B2 is a twin-engined medium transport helicopter with a global reputation as a reliable, versatile aircraft ideally suited to rescue operations.
The spacious cabin/cargo compartment of the BK 117 is easily accessed via two hinged crew doors, two large rear clamshell doors and sliding side doors which also allow versatile operation of the aircraft's winching capabilities.
Easy loading of stretchers (even with rotors turning), availability of state-of-the-art medical equipment, and low vibration level during flight make the Eurocopter BK-117 Helicopter one of the leading twin-engined Aeromedical/SAR helicopters in the world.
AIRCRAFT TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Engine - Twin Allied Signal, LTS101-750B1
Shaft horsepower - 600 HP each engine
Crew - 1 pilot, 2 paramedics
Gross weight - 3350kg
Empty weight - 2143kg including hoist, 02 and crew seating
Useful internal load - 1207kg
Hook weight - 1200kg
Length - 13.00m
Width - 2.70m
Height - 3.36m
Rotor diameter - 11.00m
Max speed - 150 knots / 280kph
Cruise speed - 110 knots / 225kph
Fuel burn-off - 300 ltr/hr
Range - 540 kilometres
Hover max height - 10,000ft / 3,048m
Service ceiling - 17,000ft / 5,181m, density altitude
Winch capacity - 275kg, 76m cable
Please note: These figures are provided as a guideline only. Performance varies with changes in temperature, altitude and operational activity.
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The Westpac Rescue Helicopter has a replacement cost of $6.2 million, excluding the rescue, medical and avionics equipment it carries. There is well over $1 million of equipment installed in this rescue helicopter.