(05/12/22)  Rega, a Swiss Air-Rescue company, has ordered a second batch of 12 five-bladed H145 helicopters to be operated from its mountain bases.

The aircraft will replace the current fleet of AW109SP helicopters and follows an initial contract for nine H145s, announced in March this year.

By 2026, Rega will operate an all-Airbus fleet consisting of 21 five-bladed H145s.

Rega Swiss Air-Rescue Service 5-Bladed Airbus H145. Click to enlarge.

Rega Swiss Air-Rescue Service 5-Bladed Airbus H145

“By selecting the five-bladed H145, we are ensuring that Rega will continue being able to provide its patients with reliable and professional medical assistance by air for the next 15 years,” said Ernst Kohler, CEO of Rega.

Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145 has full authority digital engine control (FADEC), the Helionix digital avionics suite and includes a high performance 4-axis autopilot.

The navigation system of the five-bladed H145s has been especially tailored to Rega’s needs, enhancing mission capabilities and the safety of operations.

The system will use new capabilities of the Flight Management System GTN750 Xi by Garmin and will integrate and control a multi-sensor system that provides highly accurate and reliable navigation capacities.

Even in the event of GPS signal loss, the helicopter will navigate safely thanks to Thales’ inertial navigation system which will further boost the navigation performance in low IFR conditions and allows the helicopter to be certified as navigation procedure RNP-AR 0.1, the most accurate navigation procedure in the helicopter environment.

The configuration also includes a new hoist by Vincorion that is being certified on the five-bladed H145, ensuring highest safety standards.

“To effectively operate life-saving air rescue services in Switzerland, we understand that the ability to perform optimally at altitude is paramount,” said Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “The five-bladed H145 landed on the Aconcagua in Chile, a mountain that is nearly 7,000 metres high – no other twin engine helicopter has ever achieved this feat. That is why we are especially proud that Rega has put its faith in the five-bladed H145 and decided to make it the only helicopter type in its fleet to perform such critical missions.”

Rega currently operates 14 HEMS stations in Switzerland and last year carried out 14,330 helicopter missions, including transporting 471 COVID patients.

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