The night flying expertise of the DRF Luftrettung is more and more in demand: In 2018, the number of nocturnal deployments of the red and white helicopters increased by 20 percent compared to the previous year. With ten stations, DRF Luftrettung operates the majority of 24-hour stations in Germany. Europe has the most experience on the subject of night flight, with the most flying hours in the dark. The non-profit organization also recorded an increase in the total balance of day and night missions: it was alerted to 37,704 missions nationwide (2017: 36,283 missions).
“Nocturnal rescue operations – this is the DRF Luftrettung’s special experience,” emphasizes Dr. med. Peter Huber, CEO of the DRF Luftrettung. “We are driving forward the development in this area. Air rescue makes a significant contribution to ensuring that people in Germany receive emergency medical care at all times of the day and night as quickly as possible and are taken to a clinic that is ideally suited to them “, says Dr. med. Peter Huber. This plays a life-saving role, especially in the case of serious injuries after accidents or acute heart diseases – the most common reasons for emergency emergency operations of the DRF Luftrettung, even at night.
The night flight concept of DRF Luftrettung includes specially modified helicopters for the flight in the dark, the use of two pilots with instrument rating, a satellite navigation system with digital map, compliance with special approach profiles and the use of night vision goggles and high-performance headlights.
“We offer professional air rescue from a single source. In all areas, we set the highest standards for our work, “Dr. Huber continues. “We continue to train our pilots with our own flight instructors, for example in the use of night vision goggles or for new helicopter patterns. We are also committed to the development of emergency medicine: We regularly test new medical devices on board our helicopters and, if they prove their benefit to our patients, they introduce them at all wards. If modifications to helicopters are necessary for the use of new equipment, these can be made in our development company. “
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