In 2008, Skyline Aviation managing director, Mike Toogood was awarded with the Queens Service Medal for his contribution to air rescue and air ambulance services, and in 2010 Skyline Aviation was presented with the highest Civil Aviation Award for Safety by the Director of Civil Aviation.
"We are all thrilled and proud to be recipients of this most prestigious award especially at a time when there is a real focus on safety in the aviation industry" said Mr Toogood.
"The safety of our patients, passengers and crew is the paramount consideration for all of our operations. With thousands of accident free hours, we have established an enviable safety record and culture within our organization."
Skyline Aviation and New Zealand Air Ambulance Service were the first companies in New Zealand to be accredited to all 3 standards required to meet the highest possible accreditation called for by the majority of New Zealand Government agencies.
These Standards include:
»» Ambulance and Paramedical Service: Standard NZS 8156 2008
»» Ambulance New Zealand Air Rescue: Air Ambulance Standards V2 2012
»» Telarc audited ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems
In addition, Skyline Aviation holds:
»» New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority Air Operators Certification Part 135 and Part 125 Domestic and International Operations approvals
»» Part 145 Engineering Maintenance Organization approval
Our pilots are experienced and trained to standards that meet and often exceed NZ Civil Aviation Authority and Aviation Industry Association standard requirements.
In addition to the fact our pilots are flying on a very regular basis, we undertake ongoing training programmes for both our air crew and clinical teams to ensure they are all meet our stringent competency requirements.
Our fleet of aircraft are all maintained to the highest aviation maintenance requirements as set down by the NZ Civil Aviation Authority.
As an organisation committed to safety and quality we employ a full time Quality and Safety Manager who provides professional oversight and routine internal audits of each division of our operation.
Our QSM has extensive local and international experience in quality and safety management and is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance for our complex and diverse operation.
Skyline Aero Maintenance is a wholly owned division of Skyline Aviation.
We employ a team of highly skilled engineers and maintenance controllers together with the best available equipment, facilities and resources, established principally to support the highest level of engineering maintenance for our fleet.
Our main facility is based at Napier and a well-resourced facility has been established at Auckland International Airport to ensure 24/7 support for our Auckland based fleet.
To ensure aircraft maintenance downtime is kept to a minimum we have a comprehensive parts store and a global database of reliable component suppliers.
With a recently completed purpose built workshop at our Napier base, fitted out with specialist composite equipment we are working towards accreditation to undertake a broad range of aviation composite repairs and product development with a focus on the aeromedical sector.
Our helicopter fleet and our Beechcraft King Air are equipped with the very latest in Satellite Tracking technology.
The Tracplus system enables us, our clients and the NZ Rescue Co-ordination Centre to know exactly where these aircraft are at all times, which not only adds to the safety of our operations but also enables us and our clients to know when flights are due to arrive at their destination.