What helicopters do Westpac Rescue use?
We have two state of the art AW169 helicopters (Westpac Rescue 1 and Westpac Rescue 2) built by the Leonardo helicopter company (formally Augusta Westland) in Italy.
How much does it cost to rescue a helicopter NZ?
A flight from Fiji to Auckland with a full medical crew costs between $70,000 and $100,000. The company runs the NZ Flying Doctor Service and rescue helicopters for the upper South Island from a $23m purpose-built complex at Christchurch airport.
Do you have to pay for rescue helicopter NZ?
If I get transported by the Rescue Helicopter, will I have to pay? No. All of our services are complete free of charge to anyone who may need them.
Which bank sponsors rescue helicopter?
For over 45 years, it has been the people in our community, the Westpac Bank and the NSW Government, that have ensured our Rescue Helicopters can provide the highest standards of aeromedical and rescue services to those in need. Today, the Service operates under a ten year contract with NSW Health and NSW Ambulance.
Where does Westpac Rescue Helicopter operate?
Today four AW139 helicopters operate from three bases at Newcastle, Tamworth and Lismore, servicing 1.5 million people from the Hawkesbury River, north to the Queensland border and an experienced operational team are on call and ready to respond.
What type of helicopter is the Westpac helicopter?
The twin-engine Westpac Rescue Helicopters BK-117 model is one of the most sophisticated in the world. It is a state-of-the-art mobile emergency medical room and is able to fly in virtually all weather conditions during the day or at night and can manoeuvre within the most rugged terrain.
How much does the Westpac helicopter cost?
It costs about $40 million a year to keep the helicopters and crews ready to respond when needed. About $12 million of the cost is raised through sponsorships, Volunteer, Support Group activities, events and partnerships with our community. The remainder is funded through contracts with NSW Health and NSW Ambulance.
Does it cost to get Westpac helicopter?
Funding. It costs about $40 million a year to keep the helicopters and crews ready to respond when needed. About $12 million of the cost is raised through sponsorships, Volunteer, Support Group activities, events and partnerships with our community.