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of the mountain area - this was the world´s first sling load ever transported by a helicopter. In 1960 the Rega began repatriation flights of wounded Swiss citizens with a Piaggio 166. Six years later Rega held the first helicopter sympo- sium on the Eiger glacier (the Eiger is one of the most famous Swiss mountains with a height of 13,024’ ASL. It is located in the Canton Bern). During the symposium, equipment such as the horizontal net and rescue rope were introduced. In 1977 a helicopter flew a rescue mission of two stranded climbers in the steep Eiger Nordwand, a task deemed impossible until that day.


The most spectacular rescue mission was


flown in 1980 at the airfield of Yverdon in the French speaking area of Switzerland. The para- chute of a skydiver was tangled in the tail wheel of the airplane. The crew of a rescue helicop- ter was able to disentangle the man while fly- ing in close formation with the still airborne air- plane. The man was able to get safely to earth by using his reserve parachute. Rega was the first civil organisation world-


wide to equip all of their crews with the night vision system ANVIS (in 1987). These are sim- ply a few highlights in the interesting history of the organisation.


General Information Now Rega operates 14 bases in


Switzerland (Rega 1-14, Zurich, Basel, Bern, Lausanne, Untervaz, Locarno, St. Gallen, Erstfeld, Samedan, Wilderswil, Mollis and Zweisimmen), one ally base in Genéve (Rega 15) and the Rega Center in Zurich. The bases are equipped with the EC145 for flat country missions and the AgustaWestland Da Vinci for mountain rescue flights. For repatriation flights Challenger CL-604 are used. The AW109 PS Da Vinci was specially


designed for the profile of Rega. This helicop- ter meets the requirements of mountain rescue, high altitude performance and medevac. It was introduced to the fleet in 2009. Equipped with two Pratt & Whitney power plants with 815 PS (599KW) each, the cruising speed is about 260 kilometers per hour (161mph) and the maximum take off weight is 3175 kgs (6999lbs). The high altitude performance of the EC


145 is not quite as good as that of the Da Vinci, so it is used on flat country bases. It is cost-effective, is spacious enough for emer- gency doctors, paramedics and one patient and


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