Want to learn more about LifeFlight? Below are some fun facts about LifeFlight, from its humble beginnings on the Gold Coast to the multi-faceted not-for-profit charity it is today. 


Fact #1:

LifeFlight has been saving lives for 36 years; formed on the Gold Coast in 1981, CEO Ashley van de Velde was one of the original volunteers.





Fact #2:

LifeFlight has 12 RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters throughout Queensland.





   Fact #3:

    RACQ LifeFlight Rescue choppers watch over nearly quarter of a
    million square kilometres throughout QLD, and around 100 nautical
    miles out to the Coral Sea.




Fact #4:

RACQ became the rescue chopper naming rights sponsor in 1993.





Fact #5:

Under no circumstance will patients be asked to pay for their rescue service. Donations made by generous Queenslander's help support the life-saving service.



Fact #6:

Our RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter’s ‘cruise’ at a speed between 250km – 280km / hour.






Fact #7:

Night Vision Goggles (NVG) are used across most of the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue chopper fleet. NVG increase safety for crews and provides the ability to reach patients after dark.





Fact #8:

LifeFlight has 3 Air Ambulance jets. 2 based in Queensland and 1 in Singapore. Meaning we can reach people anywhere across the globe. We’ve flown around the world to help patients, including Nairobi, Tokyo, Johannesburg and Hawaii. 




Fact #9:

LifeFlight offers Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET). To significantly increase post-accident underwater survival, participants use the latest technology in submerged helicopter simulators to learn essential techniques.






Fact #10:

The average cost of a RACQ LifeFlight Rescue mission is $12,500.





Fact #11:

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue chopper crew are on standby around-the-clock. They can be in the air within minutes of being tasked to a mission.




Fact #12:

LifeFlight employs 356 people across Queensland and Singapore.





Fact #13:

LifeFlight and Thales partnered to offer Australia’s first AW139 full motion flight simulator; which was launched in September.




Fact #14:

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue choppers carry 4 bags of O Negative blood when tasked on a rescue mission.





Fact #15:

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue choppers form part of the emergency services group. Here at the coordination centre, we respond to triple 0 calls directed from Retrieval Services Queensland.




Fact #16:

LifeFlight's coordination centre also assist Telephone Medical Advice Services (TMAS) on behalf of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).  It's the point of contact for all Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) class ships in any seas or oceans and any vessel within the Australian Search and Rescue Region which requires medical advice.



Fact #17:

LifeFlight formed a joint venture with Kaan Air to form StarFlight Australia. StarFlight Australia provides government agencies, commercial and private organisations throughout Australia and Asia Pacific regions, with complete solutions for the delivery of emergency, surveillance and logistic services requiring a rotary wing platform.



Fact #18:

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue chopper crews are typically made up of a Pilot, Critical Care Doctor, Aircrewman and Intensive Care Flight Paramedic or Nurse.






Fact #19:

A PRIMARY MISSION means our RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter will land at the site of a serious accident, emergency or national disaster to provide first-response medical care at the scene.





Fact #20:

     Known for the life-saving work in regional and rural Queensland, LifeFlight is also tasked to help South East Queenslanders in critical situations.











Fact #21:

     The iconic LifeFlight bears were first introduced in 1995. There are a total of 114 bear styles to date; with the latest bears being released last month!











Fact #22:

     RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters take to Queensland skies an average of five times every day.











Fact #23:

     LifeFlight specialises in the recruitment, training and provision of front-line Critical Care Doctors and Nurses for air-medical retrieval throughout Queensland and beyond. LifeFlight employs a team of more than 130 doctors and flight nurses.











Fact #24:

      LifeFlight works closely with emergency services to support SEARCH AND RESCUE missions; often utilising the state-of-the-art night vision goggles installed on RACQ LifeFlight Rescue choppers
















Fact #25:

       LifeFlight connects all Queenslanders to the care they deserve. LifeFlight's highly trained medical crew are on board INTER-HOSPITAL TRANSFER flights to provide critical care en-route.















Fact #26:


      LifeFlight transports sick or premature newborns, infants and children. Our RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters are primed with specialised medical equipment including humidicribs that supports tiny babies and children, giving them individual lifesaving care.