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

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Switzerland. Canton Ticino. Locarno Airport LSZL. The Rega base’s official name is Locarno LSMO AFB (Rega 6). A group of swiss german tourists visit the Rega base and listen to a lecture on how the Rega functions in Ticino and about the Rega Agusta AW109 SP Grand "Da Vinci » helicopter. All Rega helicopters carry a crew of three: a pilot, an emergency physician, and a paramedic who is also trained to assist the pilot for radio communication, navigation, terrain/object avoidance, and winch operations. 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 is unique within Europe with the majority of its costs paid through the annual fees of private contributors. In exchange, Rega does not charge its contributors for its search, rescue and repatriation costs. Some of the visiting tourists are already Rega private contributors.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. 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