DRF Hubschrauber und DRF Ambulanzflugzeug

Training specialisation: flight operation

  • Sample authorizations

    Would you like to acquire a type rating? In our ATO (Approved Training Organization) this is possible for the types EC135, EC145, BO105. We also offer differential training for the EC135 T3H and EC145 (BK117) D2 variants.

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  • Teaching authorizations

    Would you like to pass on your knowledge? In our ATO (Approved Training Organization) you can acquire an instructor certificate for type ratings for the EC135, EC145, BO105.

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  • Instrument rating IR(H)

    Do you want to fly higher? At our ATO you can acquire the instrument rating for helicopters. The theoretical training is followed by practical training. This can be completed on EC135 T3H or EC145 (BK117) D2.

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  • Flight simulator

    As the largest operator of the H145 in civil aviation, DRF Luftrettung is cooperating with LAT (Lufthansa Aviation Training). Since August 2020, a state-of-the-art Level D H145/H135 full flight simulator has been available at the LAT training center in Frankfurt: Our highly qualified type rating instructors can be booked for wet lease training on request.

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  • Refresher training

    One of your authorizations has expired and you need refresher training?

    Talk to us. We will be happy to put together an individual training program for you.

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  • Helicopter Hoist Operation and NVIS

    Do you want to expand your skills in the area of Helicopter Hoist Operation and NVIS (Night Vision Imaging Systems)?

    Thanks to our decades of experience in night flying and helicopter hoist operations, we can offer you training in NVIS and HHO - tailored to your individual needs.

    Completely new training opportunities also open up through the use of the new hoistAR® hoist simulator, which DRF Luftrettung will make available to hoist operators and pilots from 2024. The mobile system developed with Reiser Simulation and Training is based on XR technology and is unique worldwide due to its motion functionality and the connectivity with the Reiser FFS Level D.

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  • Pilot training for helicopters

    Want to become a helicopter pilot? The first "integrated training to become a professional helicopter pilot CPL (H) with ATPL theory" will start in September 2022. Benefit from DRF Luftrettung's more than 45 years of experience in HEMS operations and highly qualified in-house flight instructors.

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Blick ins Cockpit während dem Flug

In 2004, DRF Luftrettung was the first air rescue organization in Germany to receive approval for its own Approved Training Organization (ATO). Since then, our flight instructors have been training internal and external helicopter pilots. (Source: DRF Luftrettung)

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Within the ATO, DRF Luftrettung offers training courses for the acquisition of type, instruction and instrument flight ratings for various helicopter types. (Source: DRF Luftrettung)


As part of our cooperation with LAT (Lufthansa Aviation Training), training can take place on a state-of-the-art Full Flight Simulator Level D H145/H135 in Frankfurt. (Source: Lufthansa Aviation Training)

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Our flight instructors have decades of flying experience with a wide variety of mission profiles, be it night flying and the use of night vision equipment, instrument flying or winch rescue. (Source: DRF Luftrettung)

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DRF Luftrettung also offers its customers customized training packages. (Source: DRF Luftrettung)

Broad spectrum of air rescue operations

With a fleet of over 50 helicopters and more than 45 years of flight experience, DRF Luftrettung has a broad range of aviation expertise. Safety and state-of-the-art technology are our top priorities: not only are we the world's largest operator of the H145 in civil aviation, but we also put the first H145 with a five-blade rotor into service in Germany in March 2021. Crews are on standby around the clock at 14 of the 37 stations in Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein, and helicopters with rescue winches are used at eight locations. 

Night flights, winch rescues, take-offs and landings in densely built-up areas and missions in rough and alpine terrain are all part of the wide range of missions. The DRF Luftrettung has the most flight hours in darkness of all civil air rescue operators in Europe. It has been a pioneer in the use of night vision goggles in particular for many years - throughout Germany and Europe. This concentrated expertise and extensive experience makes us the ideal training partner at your side! 


Special requirements: Night and instrument flight


Within our "Approved Training Organization" we offer training courses for the acquisition of type, instruction and instrument flight ratings for various helicopter types. Individually tailored training packages are possible, whether special approvals or training sessions on the state-of-the-art LAT simulator in Frankfurt.

Our 20 or so flight instructors have decades of flying experience, particularly in the areas of night flying and instrument flying. You too can benefit from the great expertise of DRF Luftrettung!