The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service’s engineering department comprises of 29 staff across four bases. Operational base engineers are on base 7 days a week, working during the day and on call overnight. These engineers conduct a daily inspection of the aircraft which includes an airframe inspection, checking oil levels and rotating components such as rotor blades.
In addition to our base engineers, the Service operates a Deep Level Maintenance facility at our Broadmeadow base to complete 300, 600, 1,200 and 4 yearly inspection services on the aircraft. These larger services include removing panels from the aircraft and inspecting the airframe and individual components.
The maintenance of aircraft is paramount and “deep level” or ‘heavy’ maintenance is a critical element of all operations. Aircraft maintenance is required at different intervals. This can be driven by Flight Hours (FH) for items in constant operation (transmissions, engines etc.), Flight Cycles (FC) for items operated once or twice in flight (landing gear/rescue hoist), Calendar Time (CT) for items exposed whether operated or not (fire extinguishers, floats, corrosion to hull).