Special Markings

of Swiss Air Rescue

This section describes and illustrates the special markings used by aircraft of Swiss Air Rescue – REGA, since its formation:


                                                                                   
                       Main Marking                                             Fin Flash

1952-1968
The first aircraft appear to have retained their original colour schemes with the addition of the first version of the Swiss Air-Rescue logo – a winged parachute – near the cockpit.


                                                                         
                  Main Marking                                                       Fin Flash

1968-19??
From about 1968 a new colour scheme was introduced featuring a red and white fuselage, or red overall fuselage with a white cheatline, and the Swiss flag on the fin. A large version of the winged-disc Swiss Air-Rescue logo was displayed on the fuselage sides, with a smaller version close to the cockpit.


                
                  Main Marking                                                      Fin Flash

19??-Present
Around 1979 the winged disc logo was replaced by the modern Rega winged red cross logo.

The overall colour scheme was updated at an unknown date. The red fuselage was retained, but the cheatline was replaced by a stylised white cross with the forward leg missing. The winged red cross REGA logo was displayed fairly small on the aft leg of the fuselage cross. The Swiss flag appears on the fin. The inscription “Rega 1414” appears near the cockpit. On fixed-wing aircraft the red and white fuselage colours are reversed.

 
 

Current Unit Assignments

of Swiss Air Rescue - REGA
Unit Type Base
REGA Center Zurich Airport
REGA 1 EC145 Dubendorf
REGA 2 EC145 Basel-Mulhouse Airport
REGA 3 EC145 Bern-Belp Airport
REGA 4 EC145 Luasanne
REGA 5 A109 Untervaz
REGA 6 A109 Locarno
REGA 7 A109 St. Gallen
REGA 8 A109 Erstfeld
REGA 9 A109 Samedan
REGA 10 A109 Williswil/Interlaken
REGA 12 A109 Mollis
REGA 14 A109 Zweisimmen
REGA 15 EC135 Geneva Airport
Swiss Air Ambulance 3 CL-604 Zurich Airport

Swiss Air Rescue

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

Swiss Air Rescue (REGA) is a private, non-profit organisation that provides air rescue and emergency medical assistance in Switzerland and Lichtenstein. REGA mainly assists in mountain rescues and in cases of life-threatening emergencies elsewhere. REGA will also return a patron to Switzerland from a foreign country if they are in need of urgent medical care.

Swiss Air Rescue was first established in 1952 as a branch of the Swiss rescue association, Schweizerische Lebensrettungsgesellschaft (SLRG). Initially the focus was on providing medically trained parachutists, but soon small fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters were employed to deliver help more directly.

In 1960 Swiss Air-Rescue broke away from the SLRG and became a stand-alone organisation. Later the same year the first patient transfer flight back to Switzerland was carried out.

In 1979 the name REGA was adopted as a common name for the organisation across multi-lingual Switzerland.

Swiss Air Rescue – REGA now operates a fleet of 17 helicopters and 3 jet aircraft.

Key Dates

27 April 1952 Swiss Air-Rescue first established.
14 October 1952 First rescue carried out using a fixedw-ing aircraft.
22 December 1952 First rescue using a helicopter.
19 March 1960 Swiss Air-Rescue is re-organised.
May 1960 First patient repatriation fight carried out.
1979 REGA name officially adopted.

Current Status

The aircraft of REGA are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Markings

National Insignia

Special Markings

Aircraft Serial Numbers

Aircraft operated by REGA carry standard Swiss civil registrations.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

Swiss Air-Rescue, Rega Centre, P. O. Box 1414, 8058 Zurich Airport, Switzerland.

Organisational Structure

Swiss Air-Rescue REGA stations a helicopter at each of 13 locations around Switzerland. The patient repatriation service is provided by a sub-division called “Swiss Air Ambulance”. The call sign REGA 11 is avoided to prevent confusion over the radio with REGA 1. REGA 13 is not used for superstitious reasons.

Current Unit Assignments

Table of Current Unit Assignments

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

To be added.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

See unit assignments.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.


More Information

Books

1414 – Die Erfolgsgeschichte der Rega und ihre Gesichter (Franziska Schlapfer).

Magazines

1414

Websites

Wikipedia: Rega (Air Rescue)
REGA Official Website
heli-archive.ch
Helis.com
AB-Pic
Airliners.net

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

 

All-Time Aircraft Used List
Swiss Air Rescue

of Swiss Air Rescue - REGA
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Agusta A109K2 16 1992 2012 Italy
AgustaWestland A109SP GrandNew 11 2009 current Italy
Bell 47G2 ? ? ? USA
Bell 47J ? ? ? USA/Italy
Bell 206A JetRanger ? 1968 ? USA
British Aerospace 125-800B 2 1987 2002 UK
Canadair CL-600S Challenger 1 1983 1992 Canada
Canadair CL-601 Challenger 1 1992 2002 Canada
Canadair CL-604 Challenger 3 2002 current Canada
Cessna 414 1 1970 1974 USA
Cessna 421B 1 1982 1983 USA
Eurocopter EC135 1 ? current Germany
Eurocopter EC145 6 2003 current Germany
Gates Learjet 24D 1 1973 1977 USA
Gates Learjet 35A 2 1976 1988 USA
Hiller 360 ? ? ? USA
MBB Bo 105CBS-2 3 1973 1996 Germany
Piaggio P.166 1 1961 1968 Italy
Piper PA-18 Super Cub ? ? ? USA
Sud Aviation SE3160 Alouette III ? 1971 ? France
Sud Aviation SA315 Lama ? ? ? France
Sud Aviation SA319B Alouette III ? ? 1996 France

Special Markings

of the International Committee of the Red Cross

This section describes and illustrates the special markings used by aircraft of the International Committee of the Red Cross, since its formation:


                                       
                       Main Marking                                             Fin Flash

1967-1970
Aircraft of the ICRC during the Biafra Airlift were marked with the distinctive Red Cross insignia on a white background. This marking was displayed above and below each wing, on the rear fuselage and on the fin. The fuselage marking was omitted on the C-97G. In addition, the aircraft were painted white overall. The titles INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS where carried on the upper fuselage sides.


                
                  Main Marking                                                       Fin Flash

1970-Present
As specified by the Geneva Conventions, aircraft of the ICRC are marked with the Red Cross insignia on a white background. This marking is displayed on the rear fuselage sides and often also on the fuselage belly, wing centre section or outer wing. In addition, the aircraft are normally painted white overall, although this is not compulsory under the conventions. The operator titles ICRC are displayed on the forward fuselage, often with the circular COMITE INTERNATIONAL GENEVE marking. Alternatively, the latter is displayed on the tail fin.

 
 

International Committee of the Red Cross

Operator Profile

History

Narrative Summary

NOTE: This feature applies to the International operations of the Red Cross, whilst local and national Red Cross Societies are detailed separately under the relevant country.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a humanitarian institution based in Geneva, Switzerland, with a mandate to protect victims of international and internal armed conflicts. It was first established in 1863 as an investigatory commission of the Geneva Society for Public Welfare. Shortly after its creation it adopted the name “International Committee for Relief to the Wounded”. An international conference held in 1864 established the first Geneva Convention on the protection of wounded soldiers and the neutrality of field medical personnel. In 1876 the central organisation was renamed the “International Committee of the Red Cross”.

Due to its outstanding humanitarian work in World War I the ICRC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1917, and again in 1944 for its work in World War Two. When the Biafran conflict in Nigeria broke out in 1967 the ICRC initially declined to intervene for legal reasons. However, rapidly growing public pressure saw the launch of the first major civilian humanitarian airlift in history. The ICRC hired a fleet of aircraft and managed to deliver 21,000 tons of food to Biafra before the conflict ended in 1970. As one of the lessons learned from the Biafra Conflict, the Logistics Division of the ICRC established an Air Operations Unit which is tasked with th air transportation of humanitarian aid to herever it is required.

Key Dates

9 February 1863 ‘Committee of Five’ established by Henry Dunant.
22 August 1864 First Geneva Convention adopted
1876 The committee adopts the name “International Committee of the Red Cross” (ICRC)
1917 The ICRC receives the Nobel Peace Prize for its outstanding humanitarian work in WW1
1944 The ICRC receives it’s second Nobel Peace Prize for its humanitarian work in WW2
1969 ICRC begins airlift of humanitarian aid Biafra
1970? ICRC Air Operations Unit established

Current Status

The Air Operations Unit of the ICRC is currently active in more than nine locations around the world. The ICRC does not own or operate any aircraft, only wet leasing aircraft from commercial operators.

Future Plans

No plans known.

Markings

National Insignia

Special Markings

Aircraft Serial Numbers

All ICRC aircraft carry only civil registrations.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft

Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Table of Current Service Aircraft

All-Time Aircraft Used List

Aircraft listed are those on long-term leases in ICRC markings. Short-term leases without special markings are not included.
All-Time Table of Aircraft Used

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

To be added.

Organisation

Main Headquarters

ICRC, Logistics Division, Air Operations Unit, Geneva, Switzerland.

Organisational Structure

The Air Operations Unit works by establishing Operational Bases in the host country or a neighbouring country and then ferrying in bulk cargo as required. Smaller aircraft and helicopters are used to distribute supplies to those in need.

Current Unit Assignments

To be added.

Historical Unit Assignments

To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

To be added.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

To be added.

More Information

Books

None known

Magazines

To be added

Websites

wikipedia: International Committee of the Red Cross

wikipedia: Biafran Airlift

Airliners.net

Any photographs illustrating this operator would be welcome.

Current Inventory

of the International Committee of the Red Cross
Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
De Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash-8 ? ? ? Transport
Aerospatiale AS350B Ecureuil ? ? ? Transport
Antonov An-12TK ‘Cub’ ? ? ? Transport
Beech 1900D ? ? ? Transport
LET L-410 ? ? ? Transport
Pilatus PC-12 ? ? ? Transport

All-Time Aircraft Used List
International Committee of the Red Cross

of the International Committee of the Red Cross
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale SA330 Puma ? ? ? leased
Aerospatiale AS350B Ecureuil ? ? ? Heli Aviation
Antonov An-12TK ‘Cub’ ? ? ? Silk Way Airlines
Aviation Traders Carvair ? ? ? leased
Beech 200 Super King Air ? ? ? leased
Beech 1900C ? ? ? Rossair
Beech 1900D ? ? ? leased
Boeing KC-97G Stratocruiser 1 1967 1970 Balair
Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander ? ? ? leased
Cessna 404 ? ? ? leased
De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter ? ? ? Zimex Aviation
De Havilland Canada DHC-5 Buffalo ? ? ? leased
De Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash-8 ? ? ? CMC Aviation
Douglas DC-3 Dakota ? ? ? leased
Douglas DC-6 ? ? ? Balair
Douglas DC-7 ? ? ? Balair
Eurocopter EC155B 1 2013 2013 Heli Aviation
GAF N24A Nomad ? ? ? leased
Kamov Ka-32 ? ? ? leased
LET L-410 ? ? ? leased
Lockheed C-130 Hercules ? ? ? leased
MBB Bo 105 ? ? ? Heli Aviation
Mil Mi-8 ‘Hip’ ? ? ? leased
Mil Mi-26 ‘Halo’ ? ? ? leased
Pilatus PC-12 ? ? ? leased

Air Bases and Airfields
Swiss Air Force

This page gives details of the air bases and airfields which have been or are used by the Swiss Air Force.

Location Name ICAO IATA Status
Alpnach Alpnach Airport LSMA (none) Active
Buochs/Stans Buochs Airport LSMU (none) Active
Dubendorf Dubendorf Airport LSMD (none) Active
Emmen Emmen Air Base LSME EML Active
Meiringen Meiringen Air Base LSMM (none) Active
Mollis Mollis Airport LSMF (none) Active
Payerne Payerne Airport LSMP (none) Active
Turtmann Turtmann Air Base LSMJ (none) Closed
Frutigen Frutigen Air Base LSFR (none) Closed
Ulrichen Ulrichen Air Base LSMC (none) Closed
Raron Raron Air Base LSMN (none) Closed
Sternenfeld Basel-Sternenfeld LS?? (none) Closed
Lodrino Lodrino LSML (none) Active
San Vittore San Vittore LS?? (none) Closed
Munster Munster LSPU (none) Active
Sion Sion Airport LSGS SIR Active