“Christoph 53” celebrates 25 years in Mannheim

“Christoph 53” celebrates 25 years in Mannheim 3 Jul, 11, Source: HeliHub.com

For 25 years starting from Mannheim Airport, a helicopter rescue of the DRF to its operations.

Since it was launched on 1st July 1986, “Christoph 53” has flown over 16,600 missions from its base in Mannheim, Germany.  A celebration was held on Friday 1st to mark the occasion, with around 80 invited guests at the event hosted by Steffen Lutz, Chief of DRF Air Rescue.  Initially oeprating around 300 missions a year, the Eurocopter EC135 of Christoph 53 now sees over 1,300 flights a year.  In 2012 they hope to go 24×7 with round-the-clock oeprations, the first such helicopter in the Germany state of Baden-Württemberg.

The event also heard speeches of thanks from  Christian Specht, the Mayor of Mannheim, Frank Winkler, Deputy Director of the Association of Health Insurance Association of Baden-Wuerttemberg, and Reinhard Becker, CEO of City Airport Mannheim, who echoed the local populations appreciation by saying how proud htey were to host DRF on their airport.

On Satuday 2nd, an open day was held for the public, allowing them to look over the EC135 among other events.

Apart from the three crew, the five suited gentlemen are, from left – Reinhard Becker, CEO of City Airport Mannheim, Frank Winkler, Deputy Director of the Association of Health Insurance Association of the Representation of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Steffen Lutz, Chief of the DRF Air Rescue, Christian Specht, Mayor of the Mannheim, as well as station manager Franz Becker.

Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com

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