HEMS: Swiss Air-Rescue Rega orders nine Airbus H145 five-blade aircraft

HEMS: Swiss Air-Rescue Rega has ordered nine Airbus H145 five-blade aircraft to replace its current four-blade versions

HEMS operations: Swiss Rega’s new H145s will be equipped with a state-of-the-art navigation system that will enhance mission capabilities and operational safety

“We are delighted to open a further chapter in the relationship between our two organisations with this order for our H145 five-blade,” said Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters.

“We are always looking for ways to evolve our helicopters taking into account the feedback from those who use them every day.”

“The H145 has proven itself fully in our operations since entering service in 2018,” said Ernst Kohler, CEO of Rega.

“We are looking forward to operating the five-blade version on our HEMS bases in Switzerland. These helicopters will allow us to further enhance our mission capabilities and the safety of our operations.”

The new integrated navigation system will utilise the new capabilities of Garmin’s GTN750 Xi Flight Management System.

This will integrate and control a multi-sensor system that provides highly accurate and reliable navigation capabilities.

Even in the event of GPS signal loss, the helicopter will navigate safely thanks to Thales’ inertial navigation system.

This solution will further increase navigation performance in low 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 winch that is currently being certified on the H145 five-blade.


Rega operates 13 HEMS stations in Switzerland

In 2021, helicopter crews flew 14,330 missions, including the transport of 471 COVID patients.

Rega’s current fleet comprises seven H145s and one H125 used for pilot training.

Its light maintenance schedule, which is aligned between the engine and the aircraft, enables the H160 to optimise operating costs and offers a new standard of availability.

The Gendarmerie’s H160s will benefit from a global support contract to be managed by Airbus Helicopters, which includes technical support, spare parts stocks at four Gendarmerie bases and related services.

The new version of Airbus’ 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 reference functionality and reliability, while improving comfort for passengers and crew.

The new H145 introduces on-board connectivity for customers and operators through the integration of the next step of the Wireless Airborne Communication System – wACS – enabling the secure and seamless transmission of data generated by the helicopter.

In total, more than 1,500 helicopters of the H145 Family are currently in service, recording a total of more than six million flight hours.

Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the H145 is equipped with full 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.

Its particularly low noise footprint makes the H145 the quietest helicopter in its class.

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