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Swiss Rega orders nine five-bladed H-145 helicopters

To replace its current four-bladed versions

The Swiss Air-Rescue Service Rega has ordered nine five-bladed H-145 helicopters to replace its current four-bladed versions. Rega’s new H-145s will come equipped with a state-of-the-art navigation system that will enhance the mission capabilities and the safety of operations.

 The new integrated navigation system will use new capabilities of the Flight Management System GTN750 Xi by Garmin. It will integrate and control a multi-sensor system that provides highly accurate and reliable navigation capacities. Even in the event of GPS signal loss, the helicopter will navigate safely thanks to Thales’ inertial navigation system. This solution will further boost the navigation performance in low IFR conditions and allows the helicopter to be certified as navigation procedure RNP-AR 0.1, which is the most accurate navigation procedure in the helicopter environment. The configuration also includes a new hoist by Vincorion that is being certified on the five-bladed H-145.

Rega operates 13 HEMS stations in Switzerland. In 2021, the helicopter crews carried out 14,330 missions, including transporting 471 COVID patients. Its current fleet includes seven H-145s and one H-125 used for pilot training.

The new version of Airbus’ H-145 light twin-engine helicopter adds a new, innovative five-bladed rotor to the multi-mission aircraft, increasing the useful load of the helicopter by 150 kg. 

In total, there are more than 1,500 family helicopters in service, logging a total of more than six million flight hours. Powered by two Safran Arriel 2E engines, the model is equipped with Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) and the Helionix digital avionics suite. 

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