ADAC Luftrettung, a German non-profit helicopter operator, has announced that it launched 54,400 operations last year – on average, one every five minutes. The service said that this is nearly 400 more flights than it completed in 2015; it also treated more patients than in 2015, with 48,500 being assisted by the service. Of these patients, 13,000 had to be taken to a clinic by a helicopter.
The service said that the most common cause for call-outs was acute cardiac and circulatory diseases, with nearly half of all missions launched to assist with these issues. Neurological emergencies also caused a high number of call-outs (12 per cent), whilst traffic accidents rounded off the top three reasons for dispatch (10 per cent).
ADAC Luftrettung put the slight increase in call-outs down to the new ‘Christoph 65’ chopper, which was commissioned in September 2015. The vehicle has operated in the Bavaria region, completing an extra 1,600 assignments for the service. Helicopters flying in the Bavaria region also flew the most missions in total, tallying up nearly 12,900 taskings. The Rhineland-Palatinate region came in second, with over 7,000 completed missions.
ADAC said that it will be continue the fleet modernisation that it started in 2016, replacing its BK117s with H145s. The new helicopters are already in used in bases in Munich, Murnau and Sande, with ‘Christophe 62’ and Bautzen to follow suit in spring 2017.