Search & Rescue

Mackay Helicopters provides search and rescue (SAR) services and the provision of aid to people who are in distress or imminent danger as part of its suite of services. Our experienced pilots, technical crew, engineers and ground crew conduct SAR operations safely and reliably using twin engine helicopters. The general field of search and rescue using helicopters are typically determined by the type of terrain the search is conducted over. Search types can include mountain rescue, ground search and rescue, including the use of search and rescue dogs, urban search and rescue in cities and air-sea rescue over water.

The Australian search and rescue service is provided by AusSAR, which is part of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). AusSAR operates a 24-hour Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) in Canberra and is responsible for the national coordination of both maritime and aviation search and rescue. AusSAR is also responsible for the management and operation of the Australian ground segment of the Cospas-Sarsat distress beacon detection system. AusSAR’s jurisdiction spans Australia and as well as covering 52.8 million square kilometres of the Indian, Pacific and Southern Oceans constituting about 12% of the Earth’s surface.


All Mackay Helicopters aircraft are monitored by Spidertracks, a satellite based aircraft tracking system that sends out the aircraft’s position every 2 minutes.

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