Services and innovation in technology, aviation, and medicine

DRF Luftrettung exists for the common good. Our mission is to save lives when every minute counts. With the latest technology, excellently trained employees, innovative ideas and the highest quality standards, we do all that we can to fulfil this mission. 

As one of the largest and most experienced air rescue organisations in Europe, we have developed a genuine wealth of experience and are always happy to share our long-standing expertise from our role as a maintenance and repair organisation, training school and design organisation with those who are interested.


An excerpt of our portfolio
Simulation der Patientenversorgung
DRF Luftrettung Academy: benefit from our experience
In our practice-relevant courses experienced instructors offer training in the core areas of medicine, flight operations and maintenance.
Darstellung eines Helikopters
Professionel helicopter pilot training
Starting in 2022 DRF Luftrettung will offer the first ‘integrated CPL (H) professional helicopter pilot training with ATPL theory’ for student pilots.
Männer laden Hubschrauber aus.
Design Organisation: our standard is your guarantee
Our EASA Part-21 design organisation implements and is able to approve technical innovation such as helicopter modifications.
Rot-weiße Hubschrauber in der Werft
Technical services and sales
Whether helicopter or spare parts, maintenance, repair and overhaul services, there is a broad portfolio on offer. This also includes service bulletin retrofits.
Frau blickt von Helikopter auf den Wald
Safe. Hoist. Operation.
Hoist rescue in mountains, densely populated areas or over water - we have decades of experience and are committed to ongoing development thereof.

About us:

DRF Luftrettung is based in Filderstadt. At its 29 bases in Germany, DRF Luftrettung operates helicopters for emergency rescue and for urgent transport of intensive care patients between hospitals. Crews are on standby around the clock at eleven of these bases and three bases have helicopters equipped with rescue hoists for missions in difficult terrain. 

In addition, DRF Luftrettung repatriates patients from abroad using its own ambulance aircraft. The Austrian organisation ARA Flugrettung, with two bases, has been part of DRF Luftrettung since 2001, as well as NHC Northern Helicopter – which performs air and water rescue from three bases – joining in 2019. DRF Luftrettung is also involved at a base in Balzers, Liechtenstein, via the AP³ Luftrettung network. DRF Luftrettung and its subsidiaries carried out a total of 39,971 missions in 2020.