1981 to present

australia LifeFlight

Australia Air Ambulances

RACQ Life Flight Queensland

life flight racq australia

Established 1981 as Gold Coast Helicopter Rescue Service to serve Queensland community. Since 1993 part of RACQ (Royal Automobile Club of Queensland) and known as RACQ CareFlight. On July 2016 changed name to LifeFlight

Operates rescue aeromedical bases in Brisbane, Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Mount Isa, Roma, and Toowoomba.

As of 2020 operates 5 AW139, 3 Bell 412, 1 Bk117 and a AS350 that completed more than 2000 missions last year. Two of the AW139, one each in Toowoomba and Roma, operate under contract with a consortium of gas companies (Arrow Energy, Origin Energy, Queensland Gas Company and Santos) for the Surat Gas Aeromedical Service (SGAS)

The Sunshine Coast helicopter rescue service was launched in December 1979 at Alexander Headlands Surf Club Site by the Premier of Queensland and the Gold Coast helicopter rescue service was launched in 1981. I can give anyone the exact dates if you wish as I have the log books. The Gold Coast Service was set up by the Sunshine Coast Service but we could not get a guarantor on the Gold Coast so the Sunshine Coast had to go guarantor and had the balance of power on the board for the first 5 years until the first helicopter had been paid off. Three of us were on the Gold Coast board and resigned together the day the guarantee was released and operated as seperate services until recently.nI was an Army pilot and left the Service in Dec 1979 to start the operation as i had a waterfront home at Maroochydore .Maj Jim Campbell DFC (Retd)

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