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Aircraft & Bases

A fleet of four, state-of-the-art Leonardo AgustaWestland (AW139) helicopters are here for 1.5 million people across Northern NSW. The introduction of these aircraft in 2017, have greatly improved the Service’s operational capabilities and patient care.

Advanced medical support

Flying Intensive Care Unit

Providing advanced medical support in challenging environments, the AW139s support our medical crew so they can provide complex treatment and stabilisation of patients on the scene prior to transport, and continuing in flight on the way to the most appropriate emergency department.

  • Patient loading device (SWL 340kg)
  • 2 x stretchers
  • Paediatric patient transport equipment
  • Bariatric patient transport equipment
  • Neonatal Incubator
  • Airway management equipment
  • Haemorrhage control equipment
  • Plasma and Blood
  • Portable and internal oxygen
  • Fracture and splinting kit
  • Spinal Injury equipment
  • Patient diagnostic equipment
  • Patient monitoring equipment
  • Defibrillator
  • Ventilator
  • Anti-Venom
  • Surgical equipment
Increased range, performance and power


The AW139s surpass all other medium twin-engine helicopters in operational range, performance and power and have greatly improved the Service’s operational capabilities.


Fuel capacity:
1,270kg Jet A-1 (refined kerosene)

Fuel burn:
420kg/hour, 7kg/min

780km (420 nautical miles)

2.5 hours

Power plant:
2 x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C 67C turboshaft engine

Cruising Speed:
260km/h (135 knots)

Maximum weight:

Maximum speed:
310km/h (167 knots)

Rate of climb:
10.9m/s (2140ft/min)

24-7 operational bases

Operational Bases

The Service operates from three integrated bases at Belmont Airport, Lismore Airport and Tamworth Airport. Deep Level Maintenance, Engineering and Administration are at Broadmeadow (Newcastle).

Each of our 24-7 operational bases have been designed to maximise communication and workflow, providing a safe and functional hangar for our aircraft, aircrew and engineers as well as appropriate living space for the crew.




Deep Level Maintenance Facility

Located at Broadmeadow (Newcastle)