Crew Profile: Greg, Matt and Rupert

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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. […]

Crew Profile: George McInnes

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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. […]

Women making a difference

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“Above & Beyond” Juliet and Kath, both crew members and Intensive Care Paramedics, risk their lives to save the lives of others. Their skill and experience is the culmination of many years of training. We need to raise $171,000 for essential crew training this year – your donation of $50 by 31 March will help […]

HUET Training

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Helicopter Underwater Escape Training February 2019 The rescue crew have undergone HUET training this February with the first training and pool session getting underway on the 12th February, and the second session on the 19th February. HUET training involves the crew being plunged into the water  in a ‘simulation’ of what could occur in an […]

West Coast Holiday Mission

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West Coast NZCC Christmas Mission In December 2018, the West Coast NZCC Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to Ghost Lake Hut on the Old Ghost Road. A 48yo male had been cycling the famous route with friends when he fell off a steep embankment, tumbling down a very rocky hillside before finally coming to a stop […]

Christmas Missions 2018

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Summer Holiday Missions The Christmas period was a busy time for the rescue helicopter crew in Canterbury and the West Coast. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter and West Coast NZCC Rescue Helicopter completed 36 callouts between the 24th December 2018 through to the 7th January 2019. 23 of those call-outs were after hours meaning the mission […]

Crew News

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Rescue Crew News: As a result of the new NASO service delivery contract staffing/crew numbers will increase progressively over the coming months. We are busy working through all of the training requirements and costings with GCH Aviation, operator of the rescue helicopter service. The new winch simulator funded by the Urquhart Trust will be up […]

The Gift of Hope

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Give the gift of hope this Christmas This Christmas, help us bring hope to people at their time of greatest need. The holiday season is almost upon us; it is the busiest period for our crews and hearing the Rescue Helicopter arrive this Christmas will be the most precious gift for someone’s family. Your support […]

West Coast Update

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Exciting West Coast Update:  Great news! In line with requirements of the new NASO contract, the West Coast community is now served by a twin engine BK117-B2 rescue helicopter. A temporary rescue helicopter was deployed to Greymouth for the 1st November deadline, but the designated West Coast rescue helicopter will shortly be replacing it. We […]

Winter into Summer

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Thank you to everyone who donated to our Winter Appeal, Rescue Ready. The funds raised are being put directly in to the providing the vital training needed to prepare the crew for any emergency. As we move in to summer, we all really look forward to some holiday time and most of us do get […]