Switzerland 2017 Rega. Air rescue by helicopter in the Alps.

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Switzerland. Canton Ticino. Chironico valley. Intermediate landing for a Rega Agusta AW109 SP Grand "Da Vinci" helicopter on a rescue mission. All Rega helicopters carry a crew of three: a pilot Corrado Sasselli (L), an emergency physician, and a paramedic Paolo Menghetti (R) who is also trained to assist the pilot for radio communication, navigation, terrain/object avoidance, and winch operations. The pilot and the paramedic wait for a radio call from the emergency doctor, who has been winched down on the ground to give the prime cure at an injured hiker. The name Rega was created by combining letters from the name "Swiss Air Rescue Guard" as it was written in German (Schweizerische Rettungsflugwacht), French (Garde Aérienne Suisse de Sauvetage), and Italian (Guardia Aerea Svizzera di Soccorso). Rega is a private, non-profit air rescue service that provides emergency medical assistance in Switzerland. Rega mainly assists with mountain rescues, though it will also operate in other terrains when needed, most notably during life-threatening emergencies. As a non-profit foundation, Rega does not receive financial assistance from any government. People in distress can call for a helicopter rescue directly (phone number 1414). The AgustaWestland AW109 is a lightweight, twin-engine, helicopter built by the Italian manufacturer Leonardo S.p.A. (formerly AgustaWestland, Leonardo-Finmeccanica and Finmeccanica). Leonardo S.p.A is an Italian global high-tech company and one of the key players in aerospace. In close collaboration with the manufacturer, the Da Vinci has been specially designed to cater for Rega's particular requirements as regards carrying out operations in the mountains. It optimally fulfills the high demands made of it in terms of flying characteristics, emergency medical equipment and maintenance. Safety, performance and space have been increased, and maintenance and noise emissions reduced. The Chironico valley is a valley lateral to the Levantina valley. 10