2-Dec-2021 Source: DRF Luftrettung
New helicopter for the region: Today an H145 machine with a five-blade rotor went into service as the new Christoph Sachsen-Anhalt. Compared to its predecessor, the helicopter is lighter and therefore offers a higher possible payload with the same performance. In addition, the fifth rotor blade makes it even quieter in the air, which benefits patients and crew. The commissioning is a premiere for the state of Saxony-Anhalt: the helicopter is the first with a five-blade rotor to be launched here for the DRF Luftrettung. With the pattern change as part of the fleet renewal, the air rescuers are pursuing their goal of constantly advancing the development of air rescue.
Curiosity and anticipation at the Halle station of the DRF Luftrettung: A brand new H145 with a five-blade rotor has arrived at the station and was put into service by the crew this afternoon. “We are very excited to see how our new Christoph Sachsen-Anhalt will present himself in operation,” says Björn Heiderich, station manager and pilot in Halle. “We know the enthusiastic reports from our colleagues from Stuttgart, Villingen-Schwenningen, Hanover and Regensburg, who are already using the H145 with a five-blade rotor. Hence our expectations are high. And we are very pleased that we now have even better options for caring for our patients . ”
Dr. Krystian Pracz, CEO of DRF Luftrettung, explains the background: “The commissioning of the new H145 with five-blade rotor represents a milestone in air rescue in Germany , and we are very proud of that. We made the conscious decision to use the system as soon as it is available and to be the first to go down this route. Because it is part of our self- image to advance the further development of air rescue . We always have one goal in mind: To further improve the care of our patients in all areas relevant to air rescue – people, medicine and technology. ”
Own retrofitting – pioneers worldwide
The first helicopter of the type H145 with a five-blade rotor arrived at the DRF Luftrettung shipyard in December 2020 and was equipped there for station operations. Since then, DRF Luftrettung has been adding more H145s with five-blade rotors to its fleet. Halle is the fifth station that has received a machine of this type to date. For the first time, DRF Luftrettung has also converted one of the existing emergency machines in its own shipyard to the five-rotor blade system- as the world’s first Airbus customer. The process required for this, including all necessary approvals, had previously been developed in close cooperation with Airbus. Within the next three years, DRF Luftrettung plans to convert all of its H145 helicopters from four to five rotor blades. In the future, DRF Luftrettung can also offer this conversion to external customers.