AgustaWestland Grand for RegaAgustaWestland unveiles Grand for Rega
Version der Grand für Schweizer Luftrettung<br /> Yesteday, AgustaWestland unveiled the the so called DA VINCI helicopter to Swiss air-rescue operator REGA during an official ceremony held at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate plant. The DA VINCI is a modern top-of-the-range light twin specifically developed from the Grand to meet REGA’s requirements for a mountain rescue and air-ambulance helicopter.
The DA VINCI project was aimed at selecting a light twin aircraft capable to perform high altitude rescue missions as well as the rapid hospital-to-hospital transfer of severely injured patients and providing them with specialised medical treatment in flight. The customer selected the specifically developed DA VINCI project helicopter in late 2006 following an extensive evaluation process and subsequently placed an order for eleven aircraft plus four options.
The high performance DA VINCI features a large cabin providing the space only found in larger and more expensive helicopters. The DA VINCI can get to the casualty quicker than competing helicopters saving vital minutes on the time it takes to get the casualty to hospital and the aircraft is provided with a special Emergency Medical Service (EMS) interior developed by REGA and Aerolite.
The DA VINCI helicopter’s state-of-the-art avionics, totally developed by AgustaWestland, includes a dual duplex four axis digital Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS), Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS) with an embedded Flight Management System, 3D Synthetic Vision & Terrain Awareness Warning System (TAWS) embedded into the EFIS, a Radio Management System (RMS) with radio tuning unit for communication and navigation, an Euronav V digital map and an Enhanced Vision System (EVS). The helicopter is also equipped for single pilot VFR operations and a Night Vision Goggle (NVG) compatible cockpit.