HEMS, Swiss Air-Rescue (Rega) orders 12 new H145 pentapalas for its mountain bases
Rega, the Swiss Air-Rescue, has ordered a second batch of 12 H145 five-blade helicopters for use at its mountain bases. These will replace the current fleet of AW109SP helicopters
The new order follows a first contract for nine H145s, announced in March this year.
By 2026, Rega (Swiss Rescue Guard) will operate an all-Airbus fleet of 21 H145 pentapalas
“To effectively manage air rescue services in Switzerland, we know that the ability to operate optimally at altitude is crucial,” said Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters.
“The H145 pentapala landed on Aconcagua, Chile, a mountain almost 7,000 metres high: no other twin-engine helicopter has ever achieved this feat.
This is why we are particularly proud that Rega has opted for the H145 pentapala and decided to make it the only helicopter type in its fleet that is capable of performing such critical missions.”
“By choosing the five-bladed H145 we are ensuring that Rega can continue to provide its patients with reliable and professional air medical care for the next 15 years,” said Ernst Kohler, CEO of Rega.
The H145 five-blade aircraft will be equipped with a state-of-the-art navigation system, specifically tailored to the operator’s needs, which will improve mission capabilities and the safety of operations.
The system will utilise the new features of Garmin’s GTN750 Xi Flight Management System.
It integrates and controls a multi-sensor system that provides highly accurate and reliable navigation capabilities.
Even if the GPS signal is lost, the helicopter will navigate safely thanks to Thales’ inertial navigation system.
This solution will further enhance navigation performance in reduced IFR conditions and allow the helicopter to be certified as RNP-AR 0.1, which is the most accurate navigation procedure in the helicopter environment.
The configuration also includes a new Vincorion hoist, which is being certified on the H145 pentaplane, ensuring the highest safety standards.
Rega (Swiss Air-Rescue) operates 14 HEMS stations in Switzerland
Last year, helicopter crews flew 14,330 missions, including transporting 471 COVID patients.
The new version of Airbus’ best-selling H145 twin-engine light helicopter adds a new and innovative five-blade rotor to the multi-mission aircraft, increasing the helicopter’s payload by 150 kg.
The simplicity of the new bearingless main rotor design also facilitates maintenance operations, further enhancing the H145’s benchmark serviceability and reliability, as well as improving travel comfort for passengers and crew.
In total, more than 1,600 helicopters of the H145 family are in service, totalling more than seven million flight hours.
Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145 is equipped with full authority digital engine control (FADEC) and the Helionix digital avionics suite.
It includes a high-performance 4-axis autopilot, which increases safety and reduces pilot workload.
The particularly low noise footprint makes the H145 the quietest helicopter in its class, while CO2 emissions are the lowest among its competitors.