September 28, 2022


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DRF . Air Rescue


The DRF air rescue station in Bad Berka celebrated its 30th birthday in the spring. So the new five-bladed H145 can be considered a late gift. Since September 10, 2022, the Air Rescue Service has been deployed in Bad Berka with the latest rescue helicopter currently available in the field of civil air rescue.

The new H145 with a five-blade rotor arrived in Thuringia on Saturday: “We are very happy to receive this model,” says Michael Deininger, station manager at DRF Luftrettung in Bad Berka, “because we received from our colleagues already with a five-blade machine in use, we heard Lots of positive things. Of course we are very excited about the new machine.”

In addition to the advantage of being able to carry higher payloads, the H145 is more stable in the air thanks to the fifth blade of the rotor, which benefits patients and crew. With the commissioning of this rescue helicopter, DRF Luftrettung is constantly striving to achieve its goal of advancing the development of air rescue operations.

“The H145 engine with a five-blade rotor not only has less vibration, the greater payload capacity means: we can carry more fuel, which increases range and of course has a positive effect on haulage flights,” adds Michael Denninger.

Dr. Krystian Pracz, CEO of DRF Luftrettung, explains the background to the fleet modernization: “The roll-out of the new H145 with the five-blade rotor is a milestone in the field of air rescue in Germany, and we are very proud of that. We made the decision to use the system as soon as it became available, and to be the first Who is taking this path, because it is part of our self-image to advance the development of air rescues. Improving the care of our patients, especially in all areas related to air rescue – people, medicine and technology.”

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Fleet update

The first H145 helicopter with a five-blade rotor arrived at the DRF Luftrettung shipyard in December 2020 and was converted to service the station. Since then, DRF Luftrettung has continually added more H145s with five-blade rotors to its fleet. Bad Barka is the ninth station to receive an instrument of this type.

Bad Barka station

The station, which came into operation on April 1, 1992, is located in the central hospital in Bad Berka, the crew is ready to work around the clock, flying a H145 helicopter with a five-blade rotor. In the first half of 2022, Christoph Thuringia flew 504 missions.

About DRF . Air Rescue

The DRF Luftrettung, headquartered in Filderstadt, is one of the largest air rescue organizations in Europe. The non-profit organization provides emergency rescue services at 29 stations in Germany and transports seriously ill or injured people between clinics. The crew is ready to work around the clock at eleven of these stations, and helicopters with rescue cranes are used in four locations. In addition, the DRF Luftrettung brings patients from abroad with its own ambulance plane. In all, the Royal Loftreitung carried out 38,076 missions in 2021.

Since 2001, the DRF Luftrettung has included the Austrian ARA Flugrettung with two stations and a wintering site, and since 2019 the NHC Northern Helicopter, which carries out air and water rescues at three stations. In addition, DRF Luftrettung is involved in the Swiss Alpine Air Ambulance, which operates two air rescue stations. The not-for-profit organization Air Rescue is counting on financial support for the ongoing expansion of its life-saving mission. DRF eV already has about 400,000 sponsor members on its side.

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