Babcock Australasia Onshore Aviation is preparing for another year of growth as the business marks 30 years of operations in Australia.
A key government contractor, the business is part of Babcock International Group, which operates the world’s largest helicopter fleet, supporting emergency medical services, search and rescue missions, surveillance, marine pilot and offshore passenger transport in Australia as well as firefighting overseas.
In Australia, Onshore Aviation’s managing director Darren Moncrieff says the company remains true to its mission and is trusted to deliver.
“Emergency services and government agencies trust us to provide the hardware, technical know-how and personnel to support critical operations which save lives and keep the nation secure,” says Moncrieff.
In 2016, Ambulance Victoria signed a 10-year contract with Babcock for the lease of five AW139 helicopters, known as HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service). Since then, Babcock has delivered and maintained the vital crews and equipment required to help provide a world-class emergency air ambulance response.
“Our MICA Flight Paramedics work alongside a pilot and an air crewman when responding to cases on a HEMS aircraft,” said Anthony de Wit, air operations manager at Ambulance Victoria.
“MICA Flight Paramedics are some of the organisation’s most skilled clinicians and can perform advanced treatments in challenging environments; they can administer blood, conduct ultrasounds and complete other complex clinical procedures.
“The support of the Babcock crew in these challenging environments, including winching operations, ensures that our paramedics can focus solely on the patient, knowing that the crew will keep them safe.”
“They not only trust us to deliver, they trust us with their brand. We pride ourselves on strong, collaborative relationships with emergency services workers and the agencies who employ them.
“We use our comprehensive experience and aviation expertise to achieve the results expected by our clients and the wider community.”
In addition to its vast fleet, including the modern AW139 aircraft, Babcock International is the launch customer for the new H160, bringing enhanced capability to its mission critical aviation services. While the company currently operates helicopters in Australia, there are plans to expand the fleet to include fixed-wing aircraft, drawing on Babcock’s international expertise.
RACQ Capricorn Rescue operates a world-class aerial search and rescue service with full aeromedical and counter disaster capabilities in the central Queensland region.
Babcock has been contracted by RACQ Capricorn Rescue through the provision of helicopter sustainment services for a range of applications.
“Throughout the past almost six years of contract engagement with Babcock, RACQ Capricorn Rescue has always found the regular contact with executives, contract managers, and on-the-ground crew at our Rockhampton base to be supportive, dependable, and professional,” says RACQ Capricorn Rescue executive director, Mark Fewtrell.
“Babcock offers turnkey solutions to keep our clients in the air on task,” says Moncrieff. “We make our aviation platforms work for them, on their terms, drawing on our experienced aircrew, engineering services and training programs.
“Our aircrew are highly trained, highly skilled and highly professional with specialist skills for special mission work such as winching, search and rescue missions, fast rope operations and night vision capability for working at night.
“We are a truly a 24/7, 365 days a year operation. We are there to support the emergency services who are there when the nation needs them.”