The two new simulators that have been specially developed for Rega have now been certified and are ready to be used to train standard situations as well as emergency procedures that are not possible to practice in real life. In addition, they neither generate noise nor pollute the environment. Thanks to Rega’s investment in its own simulators, in future all of the cockpit crews will be able to complete their simulator training in Switzerland.
Between 2024 and 2026, Rega plans to modernize its entire helicopter fleet. In future, 21 rescue helicopters will be the five-blade H145. These will replace not only the lowland fleet, but also the 11 AW109 Da Vinci mountain helicopters currently in operation. Over the next two years, Rega will retrain two-thirds of its cockpit crew members on the H145. Now a large part of this retraining can now take place at Lufthansa Aviation Training in Opfikon thanks to the acquisition of the H145 simulator.
The new simulator is a “roll-on/roll-off” system, which enables replica cockpits of different helicopter types to be used on the same platform. Rega has also procured two other cockpits: an Airbus H125 module in collaboration with Swiss Helicopter AG and a second one for the AW169 and will also offer any free capacity to third parties.