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DRF Luftrettung, September 11, 2021 - New helicopter for the region : at the weekend, an H145 aircraft with a five-blade rotor went into service as Christoph Regensburg .
Compared to its predecessor, the helicopter is lighter and thus offers a higher possible payload with the same performance . In addition, thanks to the fifth rotor blade, it is even quieter in the air, which benefits both the patients and the crew. With the commissioning as part of the fleet renewal, DRF Luftrettung is pursuing its goal of continuously advancing the development of air rescue .
“We were very excited to see how our new Christoph Regensburg would fly,” says Christian Hackl, station manager and pilot in Regensburg.
“We knew the enthusiastic reports from colleagues in Stuttgart, Villingen-Schwenningen and Hanover, who are already using the H145 with a five-blade rotor, so expectations were high. And after the first missions I can only say: It has been confirmed, the new helicopter flies great and we are very pleased that we now have even better options for caring for our patients
“The commissioning of the new H145 with five-blade rotor represents a milestone in air rescue in Germany, and we are very proud of that.”, said Dr. Krystian Pracz, Chairman of the Board of DRF Luftrettung.
Dr. Krystian Pracz, Chairman of the Board of DRF Luftrettung, explains the background : “We made the decision to use the aircraft as soon as it is available and to be the first to take this route. Because it is part of our self- image to advance the further development of air rescue. We always have one goal in mind: To further improve the care of our patients in all areas relevant to air rescue - people, medicine and technology. "
The first helicopter of the type H145 with a five-blade rotor arrived at the DRF Luftrettung workshop in December and was equipped there for station operations. In the coming months, DRF Luftrettung will add another H145 with a five-blade rotor to its fleet, Regensburg is the fourth station that has received a machine of this type so far.
Currently, DRF Luftrettung is also converting one of the existing emergency machines in its own workshop to the five-rotor blade system for the first time - as the world's first Airbus customer . The process required for this , including all necessary approvals, was previously carried out in close coordination with Airbus. Within the next three years, DRF Luftrettung plans to convert all of its H145 helicopters from four to five rotor blades and in the future, DRF Luftrettung can also offer this conversion to external customers.