Aeromedical Services

Skyline Aviation own and operate five fixed wing twin engine aircraft which includes a Beechcraft King Air 350, two King Air B200, one King Air C90, and a Piper Navajo. The company also owns a newly purchased Mustang 510 Jet, and a Nextant 400XT Jet.

The King Air B350, one of the King Air B200s, and the Nextant Jet are located at our Auckland base. The B350 is the dedicated aircraft for the Starship National Air Ambulance Service, the B200 is a backup aircraft for this service and the Nextant is an extremely reliable and efficient lifesaving service for patients throughout NZ and the South Pacific.

Skyline also owns and operates two Eurocopter AS350 BA helicopters which support aeromedical contracts in Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne with one also being available to the private sector for commercial and aeromedical taskings, along with a Kawasaki BK117, which is contracted on a 24/7 basis to the Hawkes Bay Helicopter Rescue Trust.

With over 35,000 patients safely transported within New Zealand and globally, we have an exemplary reputation both nationally and internationally in the air ambulance industry.

Certification and Standards

Skyline Aviation was the first company in New Zealand to be accredited to all 3 standards required to meet the highest possible accreditation called for by the majority of New Zealand Government agencies.
These Standards include:

»» Ambulance and Paramedical Service: Standard NZS 8156 2008
»» Ambulance New Zealand Air Rescue: Air Ambulance Standards V2 2012
»» Telarc audited ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems

In addition, Skyline Aviation holds:
»» New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority Air Operators Certification Part 135 and Part 125 Domestic and International Operations approvals
»» Part 145 Engineering Maintenance Organization approval

Hawke’s Bay Air Ambulance Service in ‘partnership’ with the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board

Skyline and the HBDHB have established an exclusive partnership arrangement for the seamless delivery of aeromedical services.

Whilst Skyline specialises in the provision of specially equipped and piloted aircraft, the HBDHB bring a full range of clinical support and specialist medical equipment to the ‘partnership’.

Services available to other government agencies and the private market include full intensive care transports with specialist doctors and flight nurses to more basic transports for patients who need a lower level of clinical assistance.

The Hawke’s Bay Air Ambulance Centre

Skyline’s purpose built 15,000 sq ft facilities opened by Prime Minister John Key on the 9th October 2009 at the Hawke’s Bay Airport, have been described as the best facility of its type in New Zealand.

Here patients, family members and clinical teams are provided with a dedicated patient reception and transfer lounge and the capability for indoor transfer from the road ambulance to one of three air ambulance aircraft. Other facilities include flight crew amenities, training and operations room. The HBAAC is also the company’s administration and management headquarters.

Aeromedical Clients

Skyline’s major clients include The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, Hawke’s Bay Helicopter Rescue Trust, the Eastland Helicopter Rescue Trust and the Accident Compensation Corporation.

Through Skyline’s contract with the HBDHB, the company also provides a full range of 24/7 aeromedical services to the Tairawhiti District Health Board together with support to other District Health Boards.

The company’s full range of aeromedical services is available to all destinations within New Zealand and is certified and equipped for Pacific and Chatham Island offshore destinations.

Skyline also holds an aeromedical contract with the world’s largest personal assistance provider International SOS.