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police helicopter squadrons. About 16 people, seven of them pilots, work there and fly about 1,100 missions per year gath- ering 800 to 900 hours of flight time. The crews work in two (weekend) to three (working day) shifts during 24 hours, 365 days per year. It is evening and time for Stefan Haupt to leave his


work and to return home. As he walks through the hangar he stops for a moment at the EC145. “It’s a good working horse and I really like flying her,” he comments as he pats the helicopter. Then he passes through the airport door and moves to his vehicle, a motorbike, and his second favourite means of transport – next to flying helicopters. ◆


Police. “Nowadays it is something special for me to have a regular working week here in the squadron. During my edu- cation and my work as a flight instructor I always had to travel to Bonn Hangelar where the central German police helicopter school for both, the Federal Police and the state´s police, is located. I was also sent


to Donauwörth where


Eurocopter Germany has its main office. They have great full flight simulators there where we can train flight- and emer- gency procedures,” he recalls. Stefan Haupt is one of the pilots with the most ratings for aircrafts in the squadron. He is allowed to fly EC145, BO-105, EC135, EC120 (the train- ing helicopter of the Federal Police) and Robinson R44, which he operates as freelance pilot for a local helicopter company. Furthermore he has a licence for an ultra light air- craft, and he owns a motor glider. The helicopter unit in Erfurt is one of ten German


Top: Ready for night flight, BO-105 on apron Bottom: Pilot Stefan Haupt with Night Vision Goggles Photos: Caterina Hessler / Stefan Haupt


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