For the first time, trainee pilots can benefit from the expertise of the air rescue organization with over 45 years of HEMS operations experience. It is expected that the first flight students will be able to train to become professional helicopter pilots at DRF Luftrettung as early as next year.
The course content and application modalities are being specified and the necessary coordination with the authorities is being carried out. The two-year training will take place in the DRF Luftrettung academy in Bühl and at the DRF Luftrettung operation center at Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden airport. In addition to the regular training content, the participants will also benefit from practical insights into the various areas of air rescue organization, e.g. in seminars with the technical and medical departments of the DRF Luftrettung.
High demand for helicopter pilots
“There has been a steadily high demand for helicopter pilots for years,” explained Dr Peter Huber, Board Member of DRF Luftrettung. “That is why we want to position ourselves on the market with a high-quality training program and at the same time recruit our own young pilots. As one of the largest European air rescue organizations, it is also our goal to pass on our expertise to third parties and make a further contribution to aviation safety. There is also the possibility of expanding the range of training courses and addressing other air rescue organizations, police authorities and private customers.”
The prospective pilots learn the essential basic knowledge on a special training helicopter. On these flights and in their entire training process, they are guided and accompanied by flight instructors with extensive experience.
After successfully completing their training, the participants are not only entitled, but also optimally prepared to start their career as a professional pilot. Those who then acquire further qualifications and experience could also help save human lives as a pilot at DRF Luftrettung.