The NZCC Rescue Helicopter is a multipurpose, single-engine AS350 BA Squirrel – ZK-HGH – based at our operations centre in Greymouth, on the West Coast of New Zealand.

The AS350 BA flexibility and technical performance parameters have made it a very sought-after helicopter worldwide, capable of performing a wide range of operations including fire-fighting, search and rescue and air rescue helicopter services.

Its versatility and maneuverability make it ideally suited to the rugged West Coast terrain.

It is operated by GCH Aviation and proudly sponsored by New Zealand’s largest non-government owned coal mining company – New Zealand Coal and Carbon Ltd.

Equipment includes: Night Vision, Collapsible monsoon bucket (600 ltr), deployable life raft, 406 beacon tracker, GPS, cellphone, full radio communications with Ambulance, Police, Fire, Marine Services, Forestry, DOC, Mines Rescue and others.


Engine – Arriel 1B
Shaft horsepower – 641 HP
Gross weight – 2100kg
Empty weight – 1334kg
Useful internal load – 766kg
Useful external load – 750kg
Length – 12.94m
Width – 2.17m
Height – 3.36m
Rotor diameter – 10.69m
Max speed – 155 knots / 286kph
Cruise speed – 120 knots / 220kph
Fuel burn-off – 170 ltr / hr
Range – 590 kilometres
Hover max height – 9,200 ft / 2,804m
Service ceiling – 16,000 ft / 4,876m, density altitude
Winch capacity – 205kg, 50m cable

Please note: These figures are provided as a guideline only. Performance varies with changes in temperature, altitude, and operational activity.

We rescued over 900 people

in 2017 alone


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