Crew Profile: Greg, Matt and Rupert


Greg, Matt and Rupert! Now its time to introduce some of our New Zealand Flying Doctors Crew! Greg, Matt and Rupert are highly trained pilots who in 2018 completed 1180 missions. The New Zealand Flying Doctors service transfers critical care patients between hospitals around New Zealand. GCH Aviation have bases in both Nelson and Christchurch. […]

Mt Hutt Visit


Thank you Mt Hutt and Methven Lions Club! It was great to go and visit the Mt Hutt Methven office, it is an impressive set up with all of the training gear and some huge machinery. The whole team are gearing up for the ski season ahead. We were joined by the Methven Lions Club […]

Crew Profile: George McInnes


George McInnes We are excited to introduce some of our new and existing rescue crew members! George McInnes is a talented pilot that has recently joined the team. George not only pilots the Westpac Rescue Helicopter when on shift, he studies the weather forecast, calculates fuel requirements and plans the best route to the scene. […]

Easter Message from the Crew

Keep safe outdoors this Easter The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Crew urge you to take care over the holiday break. Whatever you get up to over the break, Whether you are gathering with friends and family, planning and outdoor activity or hitting the slopes, take precautions so that you are prepared. The weather can change in […]

Celebrating Women in the Community


Above and Beyond Celebration On the 10th April the Trust held an awards ceremony celebrating an amazing group of women in the Canterbury and West Coast community. Our February “Above and Beyond’ campaign highlighted our female crew members Kath and Juliet and the work they both do as members of the air rescue crew. In […]

Selwyn Motor Fest 2018

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Selwyn Motor Fest The 2018 Selwyn Motor Fest was held on 25th November and what a day it was! The Canterbury community gathered for an event packed with hundreds of show vehicles, market stalls and food vendors, live entertainment and so much more. Even though the weather didn’t cooperate, around 260 vehicles still made it […]

Rescue Crew Challenge Postponed


RCC Postponement Dear Friends and Supporters, This is a very sad time for Christchurch; on behalf of the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust, our thoughts and condolences are with you, our community, especially the families affected by this tragic event. Out of respect, we have decided to postpone the Rescue Crew Challenge scheduled for the […]

Great news for the West Coast!

ZK-HGU on its new trolley at he GCH Aviation Greymouth Base hangar.  Stu Gorrie at the controls

Bk-117 Arrival Thank you to all of our West Coast NZCC Rescue Helicopter service supporters who came along to view the twin-engine BK- 117 now based in Greymouth. We met on the 14th March at the hangar and the rain held off long enough so most had a chance to see the new helicopter. It […]