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Rega 1: Oldest base in Zurich

The Zurich base with its current rescue helicopter, the H145


Rega Zürich
Überlandstrasse 299
8600 Dübendorf

Phone no.: 044 802 20 20

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Rega has operated a helicopter base in Zurich since 1968. The first helicopter - a turbine-powered Agusta Bell Jet Ranger 206A with the registration number HB-XCU - was based at Zurich-Kloten Airport.

1972–1973: Jet Ranger 206B Its successor, HB-XDP - a Jet Ranger 206B - was stationed, initially on a trial basis, on the flat roof of the Children's Hospital in Zurich. However, this did not yet constitute a Rega base in the current sense. The crew stayed in an apartment in the vicinity of the hospital and had to carry kerosene for the helicopter onto the roof in canisters. The helicopter was on stand-by day and night to respond above all to transfer flights for premature babies.

"Permanent" provisional facilities

1973–1995: Bölkow BO 105C / 105 CBS In 1990, the crew moved into new accommodation on the roof of the Children's Hospital. For space reasons, the provisional modular building, comprising offices and living and sleeping quarters, as well as a kitchen and a bathroom, was not located on the same roof as the helicopter. An outside spiral staircase linked the rooms with the helipad. In February 1995, the Agusta A 109 K2 replaced the by then already dual-turbine helicopter, the Bölkow BO 105. Between October 2003 and the beginning of 2019, the crew from the Zurich base flew with the reliable and spacious EC 145.

Operational base at Dübendorf Airport

2003–2018: EC 145 After more than thirty years of operating from the "provisional" facilities on the flat roof of the Children's Hospital, the Zurich base was able to move into its new home at the military airport in Dübendorf on 1 May 2003. Four helicopter pilots and four paramedics are on duty here in shifts. Furthermore, there is also a physician from Zurich University Hospital on 24-hour stand-by at the base.

Welcome to the H145 

The third of a total of seven new Airbus Helicopters H145 helicopters has been in operation at Rega's Zurich base since February 2019. The new rescue helicopter was welcomed and presented to the public on 15 & 16 March at a special event held in the concourse of Zurich Main Station.  

Since 2019: H145The majority of its primary missions involve traffic accidents, followed by occupational accidents. However, most of its missions are spent transferring patients from one hospital to another. Nowadays, the Zurich base carries out some 900 missions every year.

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