Latest Rescue Crew News 2019

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Latest Canterbury Crew News The Westpac Canterbury rescue crew have completed approximately 153 missions in 2019. January saw 43 completed missions for the crew, with 21 accident related missions and 17 medical related retrievals. Other mission types include inter-hospital transfers and search and rescue. These missions could also include the use of night vision goggles […]

West Coast Crew News

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

NZZC West Coast Crew News Canterbury and the West Coast need your support this Chopper Appeal. The NZCC West Coast rescue crew have had a busy few months so far this year. The crew have attended over 70 missions in 2019, with mission numbers expected to increase as we head into the winter months. Members of […]

Mission Statistics January-April 2019

Wesptac Rescue Helicopter Mission Statistics January-April 2019 January: Inter Hospital transfers: 8 Accidents: 21 Medical: 17 Search and Rescue: 5 Winch required: 5 Night Vision Goggles required: 10 February: Inter Hospital transfers: 14 Accidents: 14 Medical: 9 Search and Rescue: 7 Winch required: 2 Night Vision Goggles required: 8 March: Inter Hospital transfers: 9 Accidents: […]

Crew Profile: Matt Boulcott


Matt Boulcott Matt needs no introduction! Matt has been a part of the crew for 4 years as a rescue pilot. Matt is a trusted and experienced pilot and huge asset to the rescue crew. His knowledge and experience navigating variable weather conditions and landing in rough terrain is invaluable. Stats: Name: Matt Boulcott Position: Rescue […]

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. […]

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. […]

Women making a difference


“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


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


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 […]