Rega 10: Base in the Bernese Oberland
In summer 1971, the first helicopter to be used for air-rescue missions was stationed in a military shelter at Interlaken Airport. As in those days Rega’s financial situation did not allow it to operate a helicopter and crew exclusively for rescue flights, until 1993 Rega missions were performed by staff from the Bernese Oberland helicopter firm, Berner Oberländer Helikopter AG (Bohag).
A base constantly undergoing change
In 1974, an Alouette III was also stationed at the base, which was used exclusively for rescue flights. In 1982, the operational buildings built together with Bohag and the hangar at the new Gsteigwiler Heliport were officially inaugurated. From 1993, Rega performed rescue missions using its own crew, flying an Agusta A 109 K2 helicopter.
Fifteen years later, lack of space and increasingly stringent safety regulations led to the two companies parting company. In May 2008, Rega’s Bernese Oberland crew moved into their new base on the site of the firm, Ruag, in Wilderswil.
Since May 2010, the Wilderswil base has operated the highly modern rescue helicopter, AgustaWestland Da Vinci.
Type of operations governed by tourism
The Wilderswil base flies demanding rescue missions right up to the highest mountain peaks. Its field of activities is governed by the strong seasonal fluctuations in tourism. In summer, the crew is above all called out to assist tourists in the holiday resorts, and in winter, to attend to injured snowboarders and skiers.