German HEMS operator to expand its H-145 helicopter fleet
Contract signed at "Helitech"
At "Helitech" (October 16-18 in Amsterdam), Airbus Helicopters and DRF Luftrettung have signed a contract about the delivery of three H-145s in 2019. This will bring the H-145 fleet of the German Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operator to 17, making them one of the biggest H-145 operators worldwide. It is one of the biggest HEMS operators in Germany. The organisation operates more than 50 helicopters at 31 bases throughout Germany and Austria for emergency rescue and intensive care transports including rescue winch operations. By starting night time missions more than 20 years ago and operating nine 24/7 sites (2019: ten), the DRF Luftrettung has the broadest experience in HEMS night operations throughout Europe. In addition, the ambulance jet aircraft of DRF Luftrettung repatriate people who have experienced an accident or have fallen seriously ill while abroad quickly and safely back to a hospital in their respective home countries. DRF Luftrettung was launch customer of the H-145 in 2014, having to date 14 H-145s in operation.
More than 200 units have been delivered since entry into service in 2015, clocking up more than 110,000 flight hours. Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the aircraft is equipped with Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) and the Helionix digital avionics suite.
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