Aviation Industry Association

The AIA provides fixed and rotary wing services for land and sea search and rescue operations including most beacon searches.


The Aviation Industry Association of New Zealand (Inc) is the organisation of commercial aviation in New Zealand. It has in excess of 300 members.

SAR Role

One of its divisions is the Air Rescue/Air Ambulance section which provides assets in the form of fixed wing and rotary wing services to assist in search and rescue operations over land and coastal areas of the New Zealand search and rescue region.

AIA members provide SAR services for the Rescue Co-ordination Centre during most beacon searches and with specialised systems based at Taupo, Auckland, Dunedin and Hastings they assist in the event of searches off the coast.

In addition, many emergencies off the coast which may be outside of the range of the Coastguard, are also responded to by AIA resources. These types of incidents include instances of sick or injured seamen located on commercial vessels operating in the expansive marine areas surrounding our country.

Many land based searches also utilise the helicopters of AIA members to assist in transportation of SAR resources as well as retrieval of victims.




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Wednesday, December 12, 2018