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FAA Approves Airworthiness Criteria for Wingcopter

FAA Approves Airworthiness Criteria for Wingcopter

12-May-2022Source: Wingcopter

  German drone delivery pioneer Wingcopter is delighted to announce that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued the Special Class Airworthiness Criteria for the Wingcopter 198 US unmanned aircraft. This approval marks a critical milestone in the certification process of Wingcopter’s flagship eVTOL delivery drone in the U.S. With the Airworthiness Criteria, the FAA... Read more

Airbus leads Air Mobility Initiative in Munich

Airbus leads Air Mobility Initiative in Munich

9-May-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

  To contribute to the development of advanced air mobility, leading companies, universities, and research institutions as well as municipalities are joining forces under the leadership of Airbus to form the Air Mobility Initiative (AMI). The members of the Air Mobility Initiative include Airbus, City of Ingolstadt, Deutsche Bahn, Deutsche Flugsicherung, Diehl Aerospace, Droniq, Munich... Read more

Germany to buy 60 CH-47F Chinooks

Germany to buy 60 CH-47F Chinooks

28-Apr-2022Source: Financial Post

Germany will buy 60 CH-47F Chinook heavy transport helicopters from Boeing worth around 5 billion euros ($5.40 billion)as it upgrades its military armor, Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday, citing government sources. See Full Story.... Read more

Germany orders second NH90 full-mission simulator from CAE

Germany orders second NH90 full-mission simulator from CAE

27-Apr-2022Source: CAE

CAE announced the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has ordered a second full-mission simulator (FMS) to support German NH90 Sea Lion naval helicopter training, expanding an existing contract. As part of its continued partnership with the German Navy, CAE will deliver a second set of training systems in 2024 to Nordholz Naval Air Station,... Read more

First annual Lilium Supplier Day

First annual Lilium Supplier Day

14-Apr-2022Source: Lilium

Lilium N.V. (NASDAQ: LILM) (“Lilium”), developer of the first all-electric vertical take-off and landing (“eVTOL”) jet, held its first ever annual Supplier Day yesterday and welcomed 168 guests from 74 current and prospective suppliers to its headquarters in Munich. Lilium’s ecosystem of leading aerospace and technology suppliers – including Honeywell, Toray, Aciturri and CUSTOMCELLS –... Read more

Wingcopter and German Airways agree to cooperate on offshore drone deliveries

Wingcopter and German Airways agree to cooperate on offshore drone deliveries

31-Mar-2022Source: Wingcopter

German logistics and aviation holding Zeitfracht Group and its subsidiary German Airways will be among the first companies worldwide to commercially deploy drones in logistics. In a joint letter of intent with the German manufacturer Wingcopter, the companies have agreed to purchase 17 Wingcopter 198 delivery drones and acquire options to order an additional 115... Read more

Wingcopter adds Itochu as a strategic partner in Japan

Wingcopter adds Itochu as a strategic partner in Japan

30-Mar-2022Source: Wingcopter

German drone delivery pioneer Wingcopter has announced the signing of a strategic partnership agreement with ITOCHU Corporation. ITOCHU joins Wingcopter’s Authorized Partnership Program (WAPP) and will act as a dedicated distributor and lessor for the Wingcopter 198, Wingcopter’s new eVTOL delivery drone, in Japan. On top, the Japanese conglomerate also decided to make a strategic... Read more

Boeing and Airbus sign strategic H-47 Chinook partnership

Boeing and Airbus sign strategic H-47 Chinook partnership

28-Mar-2022Source: Airbus Helicopters

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Airbus Helicopters today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to partner on the H-47 Chinook in support of Germany’s Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH) heavy-lift helicopter requirements. “We are pleased that Airbus Helicopters has joined our team of strategic partners on the H-47 Chinook program for Germany, and together we will provide the... Read more

DRF Luftrettung mourns the loss of Dr. hc Siegfried Steiger

DRF Luftrettung mourns the loss of Dr. hc Siegfried Steiger

25-Mar-2022Source: DRF Luftrettung

The DRF Luftrettung mourns the loss of Dr. hc Siegfried Steiger, pioneer of modern rescue services, air rescue in Germany and longtime President of today’s DRF Luftrettung, who died yesterday at the age of 92.  with dr hc Siegfried Steiger is leaving us a person who, throughout his life, pushed and shaped the development and expansion of... Read more

Airbus Wins PETA Germany Aviation Award

Airbus Wins PETA Germany Aviation Award

14-Mar-2022Source: PETA UK

A Vegan Aviation Award is on its way to Airbus from PETA Germany following the launch of ACH145, the company’s first helicopter with a fully vegan interior. Free from animal-derived fabrics, such as leather and wool, the interior is crafted from Ultraleather, a high-performance vegan material. The innovative design was ordered by a PETA supporter, who... Read more

GHS wins UN World Food Program contract in Nigeria

GHS wins UN World Food Program contract in Nigeria

14-Mar-2022Source: GHS

Global Helicopter Service GmbH (GHS) a leading German helicopter service provider is proud to be the recipient of the contract to supply helicopter passenger and cargo transportation Services to the UN WFP in Maiduguri Nigeria. This contract award is significant being a medium lift service utilising the renowned Airbus H225, which is a first for... Read more

NetJets And FlightSafety to support Lilium on sales and training

NetJets And FlightSafety to support Lilium on sales and training

13-Mar-2022Source: Lilium

NetJets Inc., the largest private aviation company in the world, and FlightSafety International, the leader in professional aviation training have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Lilium N.V. (NASDAQ: LILM) (“Lilium”), makers of an all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) jet, for a proposed strategic partnership. The arrangement would provide NetJets with the right... Read more

Thales to equip German NH90s with sonar

Thales to equip German NH90s with sonar

2-Mar-2022Source: Thales

For the first time, the German Navy will rely on Thales to equip its NH90 Multi Role Frigate Helicopter (MRFH) with FLASH SONICS. The FLASH system (Folding Light Acoustic System for Helicopters) is currently the leading dipping sonar on the international market and has become the benchmark system for the world’s major navies. In a... Read more

Christoph 115 inaugurates a new roof helipad in Erlangen

Christoph 115 inaugurates a new roof helipad in Erlangen

9-Feb-2022Source: DRF Luftrettung

The helicopter landing platform on the future operational center of the University Hospital Erlangen was officially opened yesterday. A few minutes after the landing lights were switched on, Christoph 115 was the first helicopter to land on the seventh floor of the high-rise roof. On board: Pilot Maik Rosenbaum, HEMS TC Michael Junghans and emergency doctor Dr. Albert Schiele. The platform... Read more

Wingcopter teams up with UAV LATAM for drone delivery operations in Peru

Wingcopter teams up with UAV LATAM for drone delivery operations in Peru

2-Feb-2022Source: Wingcopter

German drone delivery pioneer Wingcopter is partnering with UAV LATAM, a Latin American holding with more than 10 years of experience in the unmanned aerial vehicle space (UAV) and a presence in 7 countries. Through this alliance, Wingcopter will work with UAV del Peru, a subsidiary of UAV LATAM, deploying the Wingcopter 198, Wingcopter’s new... Read more

Wingcopter lands $16M contract with Spright for medical deliveries

Wingcopter lands $16M contract with Spright for medical deliveries

25-Jan-2022Source: Wingcopter

German drone delivery pioneer Wingcopter and Spright, a subsidiary of leading American air medical service providerAir Methods, announced a new commercial agreement worth more than US$ 16 million. As part of the deal Spright is acquiring a large fleet of Wingcopter’s new flagship delivery drone, the Wingcopter 198, to meet the increasing demand for medical... Read more

Japan-based Drone Fund invests in Wingcopter

Japan-based Drone Fund invests in Wingcopter

21-Dec-2021Source: Wingcopter

German drone delivery pioneer Wingcopter continues to fly high, announcing that it has received an investment from DRONE FUND. DRONE FUND is a Japan-based venture capital company specializing in drone and air mobility related startups. The investment is made out of DRONE FUND’s JPY 10 billion/USD 90 million strong third fund, called DRONE FUND III... Read more

ESG supplies advanced laser safety glasses to German military

ESG supplies advanced laser safety glasses to German military

6-Dec-2021Source: ESG Elektroniksystemund Logistik-GmbH

On behalf of the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH has developed advanced laser safety glasses for military pilots and aircrews and has now received an order for series production. In view of the increasing threat to flight safety worldwide in recent years due to the... Read more

Rohde & Schwarz demonstrates robust data link communication for rotary wing

Rohde & Schwarz demonstrates robust data link communication for rotary wing

3-Dec-2021Source: Rohde & Schwarz

Rohde & Schwarz, together with ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH and representatives of the German armed forces (Bundeswehr)successfully carried out stationary tests on the premises of the Bundeswehr Technical Center for Aircraft and Aeronautical Equipment (WTD 61) in Manching. The influence of rotors on radio waves was tested on two types of helicopters, operational with the... Read more

DRF Luftrettung puts additional helicopter into service

DRF Luftrettung puts additional helicopter into service

30-Nov-2021Source: DRF Luftrettung

At the request of the Free State of Bavaria, DRF Luftrettung puts an additional intensive care transport helicopter into service for public rescue. Due to the pandemic, the Bavarian State Ministry of the Interior, Sport and Integration, sees it as necessary to station a second intensive-care transport helicopter temporarily at Nuremberg Airport. An H145 helicopter... Read more

US and International Crew Members Utilize Flight Simulators in Germany

US and International Crew Members Utilize Flight Simulators in Germany

26-Nov-2021Source: US Army

Repetition is important if you want to be good at a certain task. For some, that may require traveling to another country to receive specialized training. Such is the case at the flight simulator facilities located at Storck Barracks in Illesheim, Germany, where rated (pilots) and non-rated (mechanics, etc.) crew members throughout Europe can come... Read more

Airbus and VRM Switzerland cooperate on H125 virtual reality simulation

Airbus and VRM Switzerland cooperate on H125 virtual reality simulation

26-Nov-2021Source: VRM Switzerland

At the 2021 European Rotors rotorcraft trade show in Cologne, Germany, Airbus Helicopters and VRM Switzerland announced that they have been cooperating during the development phase of the simulator  manufacturer’s H125 full-motion virtual reality simulator, which offers a very realistic rendering and representative pilot experience that will help enhance operational safety. The support was done... Read more

European Rotors 2021 deemed a success

European Rotors 2021 deemed a success

25-Nov-2021Source: European Rotors

The premiere of the new trade fair for rotorcraft, EUROPEAN ROTORS, exceeded the expectations of the organisers: The show floor was completely booked with over 150 exhibitors, the number of visitors had reached the maximum allowed by the authorities and the extensive conference programme was very well received. At EUROPEAN ROTORS there were several world... Read more

Volocopter and Kakao Mobility Partner on UAM Study in South Korea

Volocopter and Kakao Mobility Partner on UAM Study in South Korea

23-Nov-2021Source: Volocopter

Volocopter, German urban air mobility (UAM) pioneer, and Kakao Mobility (KM), South Korea’s largest mobility platform company, have inked a memorandum of understanding to conduct a feasibility study on introducing UAM in South Korea. The study will identify a list of potential commercial routes, operational capabilities, and business models necessary for a UAM service operator... Read more

HTM Group select Skytrac satcom broadband solution for H145 fleet

HTM Group select Skytrac satcom broadband solution for H145 fleet

18-Nov-2021

SKYTRAC, a leader in satellite communications (Satcom) and intelligent connectivity solutions, today announced that HTM Group and Zimex Aviation Ltd., a leader in remote field operations, have selected SKYTRAC’s SDL-350 Satcom system for broadband VIP and Special Mission connectivity. A powerful satellite terminal, data acquisition, and onboard server system, the SDL-350 provides up to 704... Read more

German flight school adds Bell 505 to its training fleet

German flight school adds Bell 505 to its training fleet

17-Nov-2021Source: Bell

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today, kayfly, a German flight school, signed a purchase agreement for a Bell 505. It will use the aircraft along with its two Bell 206s to train aspiring helicopter pilots. “kayfly has been a loyal Bell customer and we are thrilled that they will be... Read more

Volocopter carries out demo flights in Korea

Volocopter carries out demo flights in Korea

17-Nov-2021Source: Volocopter

German urban air mobility (UAM) pioneer, Volocopter, conducted a crewed public test flight in front of hundreds of spectators at Incheon Airport in Seoul, South Korea. As part of the 2021 K-UAM Confex, the 5-minute flight trial covered approximately 3 kilometers and reached a maximum altitude of 50 meters and a maximum speed of 45... Read more

P&WC supports ADAC Luftrettung in long-term SAF strategy

P&WC supports ADAC Luftrettung in long-term SAF strategy

16-Nov-2021Source: P&WC

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), a business unit of Pratt & Whitney, today announced that it will participate in a long-term sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) strategy by German air rescue operator ADAC Luftrettung. To support their goal of achieving carbon neutrality for their operations, ADAC Luftrettung will extend SAF usage to its fleet of P&WC-powered... Read more

Volocopter Conducts South Korea’s First Crewed Public Air Taxi Test Flight

Volocopter Conducts South Korea’s First Crewed Public Air Taxi Test Flight

16-Nov-2021Source: Volocopter

German urban air mobility (UAM) pioneer, Volocopter, has completed the first crewed public test flight with its 2X aircraft in Seoul, South Korea. It was the first ever crewed public test flight of a fully electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi in South Korea. The Republic’s Minister for Land, Infrastructure, and Transport (MoLIT)... Read more

14-Nov-21 D-HOHL Hughes 300C Grimma, Germany

14-Nov-21 D-HOHL Hughes 300C Grimma, Germany

14-Nov-2021

Heavily damaged in emergency landing, but remained upright on its skids.  Tail boom was not attached to the cabin.  Two people on board only suffered minor injuries See image  ... Read more

DRF Luftrettung pulls out of European Rotors due to COVID

DRF Luftrettung pulls out of European Rotors due to COVID

12-Nov-2021

German rescue operator DRF have issued the following statement “Due to the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic, DRF Luftrettung will not be taking part in the European Rotors trade fair in Cologne on 16–18 November 2021 as previously planned. ‘We truly regret having to take this decision. However, in light of the rising infection... Read more

ESG delivers Sea Falcon to the German Navy

ESG delivers Sea Falcon to the German Navy

10-Nov-2021Source: ESG Elektroniksystemund Logistik-GmbH

The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has concluded a contract with ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH as the main contractor for the procurement of three Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), introduced in the Bundeswehr under the name “Sea Falcon”, for the K130 corvettes of the German Navy. With the implementation of... Read more

Countdown for EUROPEAN ROTORS trade fair in Cologne

Countdown for EUROPEAN ROTORS trade fair in Cologne

8-Nov-2021Source: European Rotors

The countdown is on for the premiere of the new EUROPEAN ROTORS trade fair in Cologne (16 to 18 November): Only a few more days, then the show will start. The exhibition hall is fully booked and the extensive and top-class conference programme with over 130 speakers is unparalleled. The first edition of the new... Read more

DRF Luftrettung to headline its European Rotors presentation with five-blade H145

DRF Luftrettung to headline its European Rotors presentation with five-blade H145

5-Nov-2021Source: DRF Luftrettung

A presentation of expertise from almost 50 years of air rescue: From 16 to 18 November 2021, DRF Luftrettung and its subsidiaries will be at European Rotors in Cologne to present their technical, aviation and medical portfolio. Headlining it will be the newly developed collision avoidance system and the fleet’s latest member, a red-and-white five-bladed... Read more

Lilium names Stuttgart as regional hub for German network

Lilium names Stuttgart as regional hub for German network

1-Nov-2021Source: Lilium

Stuttgart Airport is expected to become a hub for regional electric flights with zero operating emissions, following the agreement between Stuttgart Airport and Lilium. Stuttgart is joining the planned southern German network which already consists of the Munich and Nuremberg airports, as previously announced. The Munich-based aviation company Lilium, positioned to be a global leader... Read more

Rheinmetall and Thales extend Tiger simulator support contract

Rheinmetall and Thales extend Tiger simulator support contract

1-Nov-2021Source: Rheinmetall

Together with its partner Thales, Rheinmetall will continue to look after the helicopter simulators used for training crews of the Tiger attack helicopter. In summer 2021, a contract to this effect was awarded through OCCAR, the European procurement organization. This integrated service support contract, which for Rheinmetall represents sales in the low double-digit million-euro range,... Read more

Munich Airport International partners with Urban-Air Port®

Munich Airport International partners with Urban-Air Port®

25-Oct-2021Source: Munich Airport International

Munich Airport International GmbH (MAI) and Urban-Air Port® Ltd (UAP), announced today that they will collaborate in developing eVTOL ground infrastructure and airport operations that facilitate the vertical take-off and landing of electric air taxis expected to be operational by the middle of the decade. Coupling MAI’s world leading airport knowledge and operational experience with... Read more

25 days to EUROPEAN ROTORS – 20 Free passes for HeliHub readers

25 days to EUROPEAN ROTORS – 20 Free passes for HeliHub readers

22-Oct-2021Source: HeliHub.com

In under four weeks time the new EUROPEAN ROTORS event opens for the first time in the German city of Cologne, and will open up the first opportunity for the European helicopter industry to meet and network post-pandemic.  Originally planned for 2020, EUROPEAN ROTORS will open as the second largest event on the global helicopter... Read more

Volocopter Joins Osaka Roundtable to Bring UAM to Japan

Volocopter Joins Osaka Roundtable to Bring UAM to Japan

22-Oct-2021Source: Volocopter

Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), has joined the Osaka Roundtable, an institution eager to bring UAM to one of the busiest cities in Asia. As part of the engagement, the German eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) developer also committed to fly during the Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai. Together with long-term partner... Read more

Volocopter and Schwarzmüller collaborate on Mobile Vertipad

Volocopter and Schwarzmüller collaborate on Mobile Vertipad

21-Oct-2021Source: Volocopter

Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), and the Austrian vehicle manufacturer Schwarzmüller have partnered to create a new application for the classic transport trailer. Named the Mobile Vertipad, this trailer converts into a mobile take-off and landing platform for an electrically powered transport drone. This new innovative product was presented today at the... Read more

ADAC starts live testing of helicopter/drone interoperability

ADAC starts live testing of helicopter/drone interoperability

19-Oct-2021Source: ADAC Luftrettung

Successful in science and development: The non-profit ADAC Luftrettung and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have jointly researched how helicopters, drones and autonomous vehicles can be networked in order to further improve emergency medical care from the air. In a live demonstration at the Hamburg Cruise Center Steinwerder on October 13, 2021, the two organizations will... Read more

17-Oct-21 D-HALR Robinson R44 Buchen, Germany (3F)

17-Oct-21 D-HALR Robinson R44 Buchen, Germany (3F)

17-Oct-2021

Helicopter crashed in woodland area. Wreckage was found scattered across an area of several hundred meters. All three on board died.... Read more

First Public Flight of Volocopter’s VoloDrone

First Public Flight of Volocopter’s VoloDrone

14-Oct-2021Source: Volocopter

Volocopter’s electric heavy-lift drone VoloDrone conducted its first public flight today at ITS World Congress 2021. Together with the international logistics leader DB Schenker, Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), demonstrated VoloDrone’s seamless integration into the logistics supply chain with an end-to-end cargo transport demonstration. The partners showed their significant progress together since... Read more

Lilium teams with ABB for eVTOL charging infrastructure

Lilium teams with ABB for eVTOL charging infrastructure

14-Oct-2021Source: Lilium

ABB E-mobility and Lilium N.V. (NASDAQ: LILM) (“Lilium”), positioned to be a global leader in regional electric air mobility, have announced plans for ABB to provide the charging infrastructure for Lilium’s high speed regional air network, scheduled for commercial launch in 2024. Lilium has announced planned launch networks in Florida, Germany, and Brazil. As part... Read more

Synerjet becomes first Wingcopter partner in South America

Synerjet becomes first Wingcopter partner in South America

13-Oct-2021Source: Wingcopter

Leading delivery drone manufacturer Wingcopter and SYNERJET Corp today announced the signing of a strategic partnership agreement. The agreement will allow the Latin American company to act as a distributor and local technical support provider for the Wingcopter 198, Wingcopter’s new flagship Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), to customers in the region. SYNERJET is one of... Read more

Bell Huey: A Legend Retires in Germany

Bell Huey: A Legend Retires in Germany

12-Oct-2021Source: Bell

In Bückeburg, Lower Saxony on June 23, 2021, a rich, thumping sound rang above the helicopter museum near the moated castle. The characteristic outline of the “carpet beater,” as the Bell UH-1D is often called in the Bundeswehr, appeared in the sky. The two rotors with the powerful engine, to which this nickname is owed,... Read more

Reiser teams up with RS Flight Systems to provide new helicopter FNPTs and FTDs

Reiser teams up with RS Flight Systems to provide new helicopter FNPTs and FTDs

5-Oct-2021Source: Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH

Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH (RST) has teamed up with RS Flight Systems GmbH (RSFS) to provide innovative and cost-effective FNPT and FTD products to the market. The new product line called “F-light line” for “Flightsimulator light” will feature the well-proven Level D capable flight model together with the Helionix® avionics replica, supplied by RST.... Read more

European Rotors reaches 135 exhibitors

European Rotors reaches 135 exhibitors

27-Sep-2021Source: European Rotors

With 135 registered exhibitors, EUROPEAN ROTORS in Cologne (16 to 18 November) is well on course to become the largest helicopter and VTOL event this year. But not only the vast array of exhibitors’ innovations, services and products are likely to meet with an interested audience, the conference programme also has plenty of highlights in... Read more

DRF tests blood delivery in Germany by drone

DRF tests blood delivery in Germany by drone

23-Sep-2021Source: Wingcopter

26 kilometers (16 miles) between Greifswald and Wolgast – that is the distance over which Wingcopter drones recently transported blood samples in the Northeast German federal state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. The flights were carried out by Greifswald University Medical Center in cooperation with DRF Luftrettung and Wingcopter as part of the MV|LIFE|DRONE Challenge project of... Read more

Reiser expanding helicopter Full Flight Simulator portfolio

Reiser expanding helicopter Full Flight Simulator portfolio

22-Sep-2021Source: Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH

Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH (RST) expands its portfolio of innovative flight training solutions. The German simulator manufacturer is proud of having welcomed Swiss Air-Rescue (Rega) and Leonardo Helicopters to its headquarters for the signing of their latest contract. RST has been awarded a contract from Rega for the provision of a multi-platform Level D... Read more

DRF holds its first Helicopter Hoist Operation symposium

DRF holds its first Helicopter Hoist Operation symposium

13-Sep-2021Source: DRF Luftrettung

DRF Luftrettung has held its first International Helicopter Hoist Operation (HHO) Symposium. The main conclusion from it is that significant advances in hoist operation safety can be made when operators and manufacturers exchange their practical experiences. The presentations and discus-sions held from 2 to 3 September 2021 at the DRF Luftrettung Operation Center brought together... Read more

Christoph Weser marks 25 years as a DRF base

Christoph Weser marks 25 years as a DRF base

8-Sep-2021Source: DRF Luftrettung

For exactly 25 years, Bremen and the region around the Hanseatic city has been the area of ​​operation for the red and white rescue helicopter of the DRF Luftrettung: As an intensive care transport helicopter and in emergency rescue, Christoph Weser makes an important contribution to the emergency medical care of people in Bremen and... Read more

DRF Luftrettung flies its millionth mission

DRF Luftrettung flies its millionth mission

30-Aug-2021Source: DRF Luftrettung

On August 19, 2021, DRF Luftrettung and its subsidiaries carried out the one millionth air rescue mission – each with the aim of providing medical care to people in need as quickly as possible. In addition to the historical number that was reached at the Munich station on behalf of all emergency crews, the air rescuers... Read more

Christoph 42 celebrates 45 years with upgrade to H145

Christoph 42 celebrates 45 years with upgrade to H145

24-Aug-2021Source: DRF Luftrettung

It is one of the oldest stations of the DRF Luftrettung and the location for Christoph 42. The Rendsburg air rescue station, which moved in July 2020 and has since moved to its new home at Schachtholm airfield.  Today there were three good reasons to celebrate the air rescuers. In 2020 the station celebrated its 45th... Read more

Christoph 37 passes landmark 20,000th mission

Christoph 37 passes landmark 20,000th mission

23-Aug-2021Source: DRF Luftrettung

Christoph 37, the red and white helicopter of the DRF Luftrettung, is needed in the region around Nordhausen – his operational figures show that. On Friday, August 13, 2021, the crew turned 20,000. Alarmed times. A serious heart attack, a head-on collision on the country road – a life is often at stake when the... Read more

ADAC Luftrettung takes delivery of its first two five-bladed H145s

ADAC Luftrettung takes delivery of its first two five-bladed H145s

17-Aug-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

ADAC Luftrettung, one of Europe’s biggest Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operators, has taken delivery of its first two five-bladed H145s. Furthermore, the German HEMS operator will upgrade its current fleet of 14 four-bladed H145s to the five-bladed rotor system. “By investing in new aircraft alongside the upgrade of our existing H145 fleet, we are... Read more

HTM wins multi-year EC135 Bundeswehr contract 

HTM wins multi-year EC135 Bundeswehr contract 

10-Aug-2021Source: HTM Helicopter Travel Munich GmbH

HTM has signed with the BAAINBw a multi-year contract. The contract covers the provision, maintenance and support of EC135 helicopters for the Naval Air Wing 5 at the Bundeswehr base in Nordholz. The Bundeswehr will use HTM’s helicopters for pilot training, ranging from basic training to complex operations such as external load, Helicopter Hoist Operation... Read more

Vincorion receives 100 rescue hoist order

Vincorion receives 100 rescue hoist order

6-Aug-2021Source: VINCORION

Mechatronics manufacturer VINCORION has received an order to supply 100 hydraulic Rescue Hoist Systems (RHS) for military transport helicopters. The contract has a total value of approximately 11.5 million euros, spread over the period between now and 2028. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2021. “We developed our hydraulic Rescue Hoist... Read more

DRF issue 2020 Annual Report

DRF issue 2020 Annual Report

6-Aug-2021Source: DRF Luftrettung

Not a single helicopter of the DRF Luftrettung has remained on the ground due to corona since the pandemic changed the world in spring 2020 and presented one of Europe’s leading air rescue organizations with unprecedented challenges. The Friends of the DRF Luftrettung supported the necessary measures to overcome the crisis with all the means... Read more

Volocopter demonstrates at EAA AirVenture

Volocopter demonstrates at EAA AirVenture

5-Aug-2021Source: Volocopter

Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), flew at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) AirVenture 2021 in Wisconsin. The Volocopter 2X flight was the first ever public crewed test flight of a fully electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) air taxi in the US. This successful flight marks a key milestone in Volocopter’s plan... Read more

Air Methods to deploying fleets of Wingcopter drones

Air Methods to deploying fleets of Wingcopter drones

4-Aug-2021Source: Wingcopter

Air Methods, the nation’s leading air medical service provider, announced the launch of Spright, a newly formed drone solution, designed to help improve healthcare access and minimize supply challenges. Collaborating with Wingcopter, an industry-leading German drone manufacturer, Spright is creating a drone-based, healthcare-specific delivery network across the United States. As a result of the nation’s... Read more

AUTOFLUG receives green light for series production of helicopter seats

AUTOFLUG receives green light for series production of helicopter seats

30-Jul-2021Source: AUTOFLUG

Following the successful completion of the qualification campaign, last week, EASA awarded the ETSO approval to the AUTOFLUG FLYWEIGHT®, a state-of-the-art crash-safe safety seat for use in helicopters. In addition to its exceptionally low space requirement, its modern design language and its modular composition, the seat is also characterized by its modified Energy Absorption System... Read more

DRF celebrates 35 years of Christoph 53 base at Mannheim

DRF celebrates 35 years of Christoph 53 base at Mannheim

9-Jul-2021Source: DRF Luftrettung

It has long been an integral part of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region: “Christoph 53”, the Mannheim helicopter of the DRF Luftrettung. While the crews initially performed around 300 missions a year, today, on the station’s 35th birthday, they fly over 1,100 missions a year.  Whether a time-critical transport on board the “flying intensive care unit” to... Read more

CAE to develop training program for Volocopter

CAE to develop training program for Volocopter

8-Jul-2021Source: Volocopter

CAE, a global leader in aviation training, and Volocopter, a leading pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), announced today the signing of a strategic partnership, subject to definitive agreement, to develop, certify, and deploy an innovative pilot training program for electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) operations. A first in the industry, this eVTOL pilot training... Read more

25 years of ADAC air rescue in Saarbrücken

25 years of ADAC air rescue in Saarbrücken

8-Jul-2021Source: DRF Luftrettung

The air rescue station Saarbrücken with the rescue helicopter “Christoph 16” of the non-profit ADAC air rescue celebrates its 25th anniversary on July 1st. Since the Federal Border Police took over flight operations in 1996, the flying yellow angels have been alerted around 35,000 times – this corresponds to around 1,400 missions per year. “The station... Read more

Volocopter Secures Production Organisation Approval

Volocopter Secures Production Organisation Approval

7-Jul-2021Source: Volocopter

Volocopter, the pioneer of urban air mobility (UAM), announced that it has secured Production Organisation Approval (POA) in compliance with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA Part 21G). The company is acquiring its long-standing, trusted partner in innovation and production, DG Flugzeugbau, a global leader in composite aircraft production. Through this acquisition, Volocopter is... Read more

DRF launches training program for professional pilots

DRF launches training program for professional pilots

7-Jul-2021Source: DRF Luftrettung

In the future, DRF Luftrettung will train professional helicopter pilots. In 2022 the first “integrated training to become a professional helicopter pilot * in CPL (H) with ATPL theory” will start. For the first time, trainee pilots can benefit from the concentrated expertise of the air rescue organization with their over 45 years of experience in HEMS... Read more

LAR and DRF jointly win Adenauer-de Gaulle Prize

LAR and DRF jointly win Adenauer-de Gaulle Prize

24-Jun-2021Source: DRF Luftrettung

The Commissioner for Franco-German Cooperation, Minister of State Michael Roth and the French Ambassador in Luxembourg, Bruno Perdu, presented the Adenauer de Gaulle Prize 2020 to DRF Luftrettung and Luxembourg Air Rescue (LAR) yesterday evening. Stephan Nusser, emergency paramedic / HEMS TC, and Peter Kennemann, pilot, accepted the award at a ceremony in Neumünster Abbey in... Read more

Station Halle celebrates its 30th birthday

Station Halle celebrates its 30th birthday

22-Jun-2021Source: DRF Luftrettung

[electronic translation] Two rescue helicopters take off from Halle / Oppin airfield This Friday is something special for the air rescuers of the DRF Luftrettung: The station in Halle was founded 30 years ago . It all started with “Christoph Sachsen-Anhalt”, and since 2002, “Christoph Halle” has been a second rescue helicopter when quick help is required. “We... Read more

German EMS base “Christoph 41” marks 35 years at Leonberg

German EMS base “Christoph 41” marks 35 years at Leonberg

17-Jun-2021Source: DRF Luftrettung,

In March 1973, “Christoph 41″ gave the go-ahead for the success story of the red and white lifesavers, which continues to this day, with a mission in the Stuttgart region. After a few intermediate stops, the machine found its home in June 1986 at the district hospital in Leonberg. Today the crew starts over 1,000 missions a... Read more

Airbus strengthens MRO capabilities with the acquisition of ZF Luftfahrttechnik

Airbus strengthens MRO capabilities with the acquisition of ZF Luftfahrttechnik

10-Jun-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and ZF Friedrichshafen AG have signed an agreement regarding the acquisition of ZF Luftfahrttechnik GmbH by Airbus Helicopters as part of its strategy to strengthen its maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capabilities. This step is also a contribution to improving and maintaining the fleet availability of the programs covered by the ZF Luftfahrttechnik... Read more

First rescue helicopter flies on sustainable aviation fuel

First rescue helicopter flies on sustainable aviation fuel

8-Jun-2021Source: Safran Helicopter Engines

A rescue helicopter has flown on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for the first time, achieving a new milestone in international aviation. Operated by the German non-profit organization ADAC Luftrettung, the Airbus H145 rescue helicopter had its Arriel 2E engines ceremonially refueled with biofuel, a type of SAF, at the air rescue station at Munich’s Harlaching... Read more

ADAC makes first flight on sustainable aviation fuel

ADAC makes first flight on sustainable aviation fuel

7-Jun-2021Source: Safran

A rescue helicopter has flown on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for the first time, achieving a new milestone in international aviation. Operated by the German non-profit organization ADAC Luftrettung, the Airbus H145 rescue helicopter has its Arriel 2E engines ceremonially refuelled with biofuel, a type of SAF, at the air rescue station at Munich’s Harlaching... Read more

Reiser H135 Full Flight Simulator approved by EASA at Level D

Reiser H135 Full Flight Simulator approved by EASA at Level D

4-Jun-2021Source: Reiser Simulation and Training

RST’s newest Airbus H135 full flight simulator was initially qualified to the highest standard Level D by the German Federal Aviation Office (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt / LBA) according to European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations. The most modern FFS helicopter type H135 is thus ready for training at the major training location of Lufthansa Aviation Training GmbH... Read more

Airbus performs first five-bladed H145 retrofit of DRF Luftrettung helicopter

Airbus performs first five-bladed H145 retrofit of DRF Luftrettung helicopter

26-May-2021Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters, in cooperation with DRF Luftrettung, has performed the first retrofit of a four-bladed H145 into the new five-bladed version. The helicopter, an H145 of the German HEMS operator, was first delivered in 2018 and will be deployed at DRF’s base in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. The upgrade to the five-bladed version can be performed by... Read more

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