GCH Aviation is very experienced in providing helicopter support services to fire fighting operations all across our region including remote locations and mountainous terrain.
is an inherent part of our culture and has come from years of operating the Air Rescue Service and other commercial operations. GCH Aviation has one of the most enviable safety records in helicopter aviation in New Zealand. The vast international experience of our pilots, regular training, familiarity with equipment and extensive and continual exposure to the extreme terrain covered by our operation, ensures our safety record is maintained.
is conducted by our in house engineers, ensuring preventative and on-going maintenance programmes are scheduled, monitored and carried out so that they have the least possible effect on the provision of our services. Our engineers are also available for any in-the-field maintenance required.
of billing is maintained by auditable reference to hour meters in each helicopter.
Depending on requirements, GCH Aviation have a variety of aircraft available. Due to EMS Air Ambulance commitments, our rescue helicopters may be unavailable at times. Should any of our specialist rescue aircraft be first called to a fire, it is dedicated to that fire and is made unavailable for further EMS Air Ambulance work while that fire is active.
Fire Response Times
Call out to airbourne response times:
After Hours: 20 - 30 minutes
GCH Aviation full time and part time pilots as required. All fire fighting pilots have high levels of experience at fire fighting both in New Zealand and overseas with a combined flying experience of tens of thousands of flying hours. All pilots hold night ratings and are instructor rated.
- Ground staff ensure all machines are supplied around the clock
We use collapsible Dew Drop buckets that fit into each helicopter for easy transport to the fire. Bucket skirts adjust the water flow to suit the fuel to be extinguished or for filling portable dams.
GCH Aviation has a long and successful history of providing professional helicopter services to fire professionals. Our pilots are the most experienced aerial fire fighters in Canterbury and operate the most cost effective helicopters available using the most up to date equipment. We operate as an autonomous team but with the ability and genuine desire to work with other operators to achieve the best result, extinguishing the fire as quickly as possible.
• Ambulance New Zealand
• Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce
• Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism
• Aviation Industry Association
• Ambulance Communications Centre Comms User Group
REGIONAL FIREFIGHTING OPERATIONS
While details shown here may relate specifically to Christchurch-based operations, equipment and protocols ALL of our regional operations in Nelson, Greymouth, Wellington, Fiji and Vanuatu are able to undertake firefighting operations when required.
Each of these operations provide helicopter firefighting support services to the highest standards of response, expertise, safety and credibility.
Please contact your local operations base for full details. CLICK HERE