The Otago Rescue Helicopter Service operates three dedicated crewed machines from its Taieri Rescue Base and a fourth dedicated fully crewed machine from its Queenstown Rescue Base.

In addition, it can call on Southern Lakes helicopters for missions in the unique Fiordland area on an as needed / as available basis.

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Airbus H145 (BK117-D2)

Air 1 Dunedin ZK-IDH

Engines: Twin Safran Arriel 2E Turboshaft Engines (Max Rated 1009 SHP Each)
Burn Rate: 310L/Hr
Fuel Capacity: Main Fuel Tank:  916L = 2.9Hrs endurance
Max weight: 3700kg
Cruise Speed: 130Kts
Avionics: Helionix & Garmin Avionics Suite
Winch: Goodrich (Collins Aerospace) 600lb Rescue Winch

Airbus EC145 (BK117-C2)

Air 4 Dunedin ZK-IWD Helicopter

Engines: Twin Safran Arriel 1E2 Turboshaft Engines (Max Rated 708 SHP Each)
Burn Rate: 310L/Hr
Fuel Capacity:

  • Main Fuel Tank:  866L = 2.7 Hrs Endurance

  • Internal Long-Range Auxiliary Fuel Tank - 222L = 0.7 Hrs Endurance

Max weight: 3585KG
Cruise Speed: 130Kts
Avionics: Eurocopter Glass Cockpit & Garmin Avionics Suite
Winch: Goodrich (Collins Aerospace) 600lb Rescue Winch

Kawasaki & MBB BK117-B2 (850) Evolution

Air 1 Queenstown HUP
Air 2 Dunedin ZK-IWG
Air 3 Dunedin ZK-IWL

Engines: Twin Honeywell LTS101-850B2 (Max Rated 838 SHP Each)
Burn Rate: 300L/Hr
Fuel Capacity:

  • Main Fuel Tank:  720L = 2.4 hrs Endurance
  • External Auxiliary Fuel Tank = 210L = 0.7 Endurance

Max weight: 3350KG
Cruise Speed: 120Kts
Avionics: Genesys IDU-450 NVG  Glass Cockpit, auto pilot, TCAS, HTAWS
Winch: Breeze Eastern 600lb Rescue Winch
Night Sun: 30 million candle power
IWL Also equipped with FLIR Ultra 8500

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