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While I'm putting on my flight suite, the


crew is already checking the helicopter, a white AS365 Dauphin with landing gear and pop-out floats. It's the only helicopter of this type that operates in EMS missions in Germany. In order to get an authentic impression of the flight, I am allowed to sit in the co-pilot’s seat. While pilot “Wolle” starts up


the two engines of the


Dauphin, paramedic Herbert Janssen is monitor- ing the start-up procedure from outside of the cabin (if an engine catches fire, he's the first one to discover it and to inform the pilot). After two minutes the engines and the oil have the right temperature and we are ready for take off. Our destination is the island of Baltrum in


the northern sea – it is only a few miles away from the shoreline but the ferry makes the pas- sage only once every hour. An aircraft is the fastest way to get there. During the flight we get some information about our mission: A 13-year- old girl was riding her bicycle with high speed when she lost control and fell. She is complain- ing about heavy pain in her shoulder. The island’s physician suspects she may have broken her col-


larbone and recommends an X-ray in a hospital onshore. After landing on Baltrum the crew helps the


young patient into the helicopter. The girl is able to walk and is excited about her first ride in such an aircraft. We take off again and reach the hos- pital of Emden after a short flight. While the medical crew is delivering the girl to the doctors in the emergency department, I am able to talk to the pilot. “Wolle” tells me about the doctors on the islands. “Most of them do not have sophisticated


medical equipment and some of them are a lit- tle bit old fashioned in their methods – the only way to treat patients according to the gold stan- dard is to get them to the onshore clinic ASAP,” he said. Since the transport of a patient to an onshore hospital by ferry would be too long and strenuous, the helicopter is alerted even in case of a lighter injury. A transport helicopter picks up patients in critical conditions from Sanderbusch (a city near Emden) with intensive care equipment, call sign Christoph 26. After landing at Emden airfield, Herbert


Janssen explains their work to me. “What you saw right now is called a primary assignment, a flight where the doctor is inward and is request- ing the helicopter. Our application areas for these flights are the islands of East Frisia (Baltrum, Juist, Langeook, Spiekerook, Wangerooke, Borkum and Norderney). Our crews on those rescue flights are made up of one pilot, the medical crew (one paramedic and one aid man) and the winch operator,” Janssen says. “However, in the last months there have


been more and more genuine offshore missions, to rescue workers of offshore rigs. There are two gigantic wind farm projects in the Northern Sea, the Alpha Ventus wind farm and the one of BARD. To give an impression of the dimensions: BARD Offshore 1 is spread over an area of 60 Square kilometers and there are 80 wind turbines planned to be built there. So far, 19 have been built and 16 of those are on the net, as yet. Alpha Ventus was the first German Offshore wind farm and is running 12 giant wind turbines, right now,” comments Janssen. “With the building progress of the wind


Pilot “Wolle” at work, flying the Dauphin 21 ROTORCRAFTPRO.COM


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