Redstar became the first Turkish company to be granted an AOC licence for Air Ambulance Services from the Turkish Ministry of Transportation.
Having contributed immensely to the implementation of international standards and the establishment of local regulations, Redstar was granted the first Private Ambulance Service Operating Certificate for air ambulance services in Turkey.
Founded in Izmir, Redstar re-located to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (LTFJ) .
With the addition of 4 ICU-equipped PZL Swidnik MI-2 helicopters to the Redstar fleet, heli-ambulance services in Turkey were initiated for the first time.
Redstar led the voluntary Search & Rescue efforts and medical evacuation operations following the 1999 Marmara Earthquake – a tragedy that devastated Turkey. With continuous medical evacuation missions, 290 patients were transferred to suitable hospitals. Numerous logistic and Search & Rescue flights were carried out. Furthermore, Redstar called its many international partners to action, helping with the accumulation of international aid to the disaster zone. These efforts did not go unnoticed, and Redstar was granted the Igor I. Skorsky Humanitarian Aid Award by HAI – an accomplishment Redstar takes enormous pride in.
Redstar enrolled in the ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System with the purpose of ensuring and validating that all activities and procedures are carried out systematically, and within international quality standards. Updated to ISO 9001:2008 in 2010, Redstar is currently accredited to leading international quality certification organization TUV.
Redstar purchased the first Eurocopter BO105 LSA-3 (Super Lifter) type Helicopter Ambulance in 2004. In time 3 more were added to Redstar’s aircraft fleet, 1 in 2005 and 2 more in 2008.
Redstar served as the offshore emergency medical & logistics service provider of the Deep water oil and gas exploration project conjointly executed by BP and TPAO in the Black Sea. As a part of this huge project finalized with complete success, Redstar built a helicopter hangar within Trabzon International Airport and provided employment and training opportunities for countless local personnel.
Looking out to further improve on its Air Ambulance capabilities, Redstar acquired a BAE Jetstream 32 EP type aircraft and started operating it as an ICU-equipped Air Ambulance. The Jetstream can transport 19 regular passengers or a combination of 2 ICU stretcher-patients or 3/4 seated patients.
Redstar has pioneered the provision of Heli-ski services in Turkey for the first time in the history.
Following the successful conclusion of the BP project in 2005, Redstar offered and proved its vast experience and perfect track-record for a similar project that Petrobras conducted with TPAO in 2009. Redstar’s services for this project included staff and equipment transfer and Air Ambulance support for the staff in Leiv Eiriksson– the drill ship anchored 180nm off the shores of Samsun. Having proven itself as the perfect solutions partner in Turkey, Redstar’s world-class offshore support services also contributed to the success of later projects TPAO conducted with global energy giants such as Chevron Texaco and Exxon Mobil.
Redstar became in Feb 2014 a subsidary of Gulf Helicopters Company
"Incorporated in 1970, to meet the demands of the Oil & Gas Industry of Qatar, GHC has grown exponentially, becoming a major Regional and International Aviation Provider. GHC including its subsidiaries, affiliates and joint ventures is one of the largest helicopter providers of Commercial transportation and vertical lift services to industries within the Middle East Region and select international markets. Its activities includes all facets of helicopter flight services and contract helicopter maintenance, as well as contract training services and other helicopter related activities".
Redstar extended its fleet by adding a Learjet 45 dual stretcher dedicated air ambulance aircraft.
A new Learjet 45 XR has been added into the fleet.
RSA becomes a SHY-145 certificated Line Maintenance Organization for Learjet45.
Introduction of third and fourth
Learjet 45 XR
RSA becomes an accredited service provider for EURAMI and International Assistance Group (IAG)
Redstar extended its fleet by adding two Leonardo AW139 Helicopters.
RSA becomes a SHY-145 certificated Line and base Maintenance Organization for Learjet45.
RSA becomes a SHY-145
certificated Line Maintenance
Organization for Leonardo AW139.
Extension of the fleet with the participation of two Bombardier Challenger 605’s in just three months.
Introduction of fifth Learjet 45.