Due to the change and the homogenisation of the LAR fleet, the Cessna Citation Mustang leaves the fleet.
The two new ambulance aircraft are presented to the Luxembourgish public. The technical development of the past 20 years made a restructuring of the fleet necessary. To stay abreast of the changes in aviation and medical technology the restructuring of the fleet was necessary. With the new fleet LAR starts in a new era of air ambulance.
1 Mai 2011
On 1 May 2011, the first of the two aircraft landed at Findel airport. The LearJet 45XR is one of the most up-do-date jets of its category in terms of technology and achieves great range while consuming a minimum amount of fuel. Also, the LearJet 45XR had the advantage with its short-landing capability as well as its speed.
After a long phase of preparation, Skyservice Air Ambulance and European Air Ambulance EAA (a GEIE between LAR and DRF Luftrettung) organized a special reception to officially announce their collaboration. The new service also helps to accelerate the repatriation of patients from both sides of the Atlantic. No time will be lost on obligatory crew rest since the wing-to-wing transfer will take place at the end of duty time and include the handover of the patient to a fresh crew from the partner organization.
Critical patient transfers will take place in secure environments at the relevant service’s home airfield - in Canada at the Skyservice Air Ambulance bases in Montreal or Goose Bay and in Europe at the EAA bases in Luxembourg or Baden/Karlsruhe Airport. All of them have state-of-the-art medical equipment.
Such cooperation also exists with RMSI who is specialized in the evacuation of patients out of crisis regions. RMSI stabilizes the patient in that region and then flies it out to the next international and safe airport where EAA will take the patient over and continue the repatriation under optimal medical conditions. (see also http://www.air-ambulance.com/)
18 July 2010
LAR, in co-operation with the Luxembourg Ministry for Home Affairs, is expanding its area of activity by including the Bambi Bucket ®, an external container for fire-fighting water. With the help of the Bambi Bucket ®, forest and large-scale fires, as well as hard-to-access fires, can be extinguished from the air.
LAR is sending an MD902 helicopter to Austria as part of a 6-week training program. The LAR pilots will provide on-site training in the MD902 helicopter for the helicopter pilots from the air rescue organisation Heli Austria. The fact that LAR has been asked to do this by its Austrian colleagues in this very important area proves that the "Luxembourg Air Rescue" is recognised at an international level.
05 March 2010
The first mission of LAR's new fifth helicopter. The MD902 helicopter with registration number LX-HAR is the new addition to the LAR fleet.
As a European regulation elaborated by EASA has stipulated that all helicopters in service for air rescue purposes need to be upgraded by the end of 2009 to fulfill the highest performance class possible in aviation. This means, that during the last 2 years LAR had to invest a lot and now all five LAR rescue helicopters have the most performing engines needed and separated tanks in order to be conform to the European directives.
29 April 2009
The LAR fleet is expanded to include a Cessna Citation Mustang. This aircraft is primarily to be used in the area of organ team transportation. The Mustang Citation offers the advantage of only needing a very short landing runway, thus allowing it to fly into regional airports and small airfields.
An additional hangar on P5 at Findel has been remitted by the Ministery of Transports. This interim solution until the move to Luxair facilities enables LAR to shelter its aircraft and technical equipment.
Welcoming of the 175.000th member. Within 20 years LAR has become the member strongest organisation in Luxembourg.
LAR expands its organ transportations throughout France in co-operation with France Transplant.
LAR is 20 years old and during a press event with three Ministers (Mars Di Bartolomeo, Minister of Health and Social Security, Lucien Lux, Minister of the Environment and Transport, and Jean-Marie Halsdorf, Minister for Home Affairs and Town and Country Planning) it reminds itself the initial difficulties and the lifesaving missions of the last 2 decades.
Based on a European tender, LAR is exclusively assigned for the organ transportation by the Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg (HUS) in the whole of France.
LAR puts a rescue helicopter at disposal for the NATO summit in 2006 in Riga. The expenses for this application are taken over by the Luxembourgish Government..
During a three months long mission after the earthquake in the Pakistani Kashmir area, LAR flew 925 missions with a LAR helicopter with which 2.112 patients and 20 tons of aid supplies were transported. This mission was the longest humanitarian disaster relief mission of LAR.
Air Rescue 3 operates th crossborder operations in Saarland and Rheinlan-Pfalz.
The helicopter hangar of LAR in Ettelbrück is inaugurated. Henceforth the helicopter "Air Rescue 2" is stationed there. Thus the operational readiness rises in the Oesling, expenses are saved by daily flights from and to the LAR basis at Findel and the noise for the local residents is reduced with approximately 40%.
Crossboarder help - extension of the fleet by the fourth helicopter: In case of an emergency there are no borders: by contract with the Ministers of Internal Affairs of Rheinland-Pfalz and Saarland, LAR is integrated into the rescue system of both German Federal States. From now on an additional LAR helicopter from Findel flies daily rescue missions in the nearby German border area. The expenses for these applications are paid by the German health insurance schemes.
On request of the Luxembourgish Foreign Ministry / "Direction de la Coopération au Développement ", LAR flies with both air ambulance jets to Bam, Iran. Together with the rescue dog relay of the Luxembourgish Red Cross, they perform, on the occasion of the earthquake which killed more than 80.000 people, on the spot disaster relief. From now on humanitarian missions belong to the mission spectrum of LAR. Two other humanitarian missions followed within one year in disaster areas..
9 July 2002
As the first air rescue organisation world-wide, LAR gets the ISO 9001:2000-Certification for all areas.
On behalf of the Luxembourgish Police, LAR puts an additional helicopter of the type MD Explorer into use. The expenses resulting from these missions are carried out by the Police.
The air ambulance fleet is modernised. Now instead of the Mitsubishi MU 2, a King Air B200 (LX-DUC) flies for the LAR.
A helicopter of the type MD 900 replaces the Ecureuil. Thanks to its measures, its minor sound development and its NOTAR-System (the MD 900 possesses no rear rotor by which the danger of accidents is diminished) this helicopter type is particularly suitable for rescue missions.
The opening of a second air base in Ettelbrück. From now on it is possible for the SAMU to reach every point in Luxembourg within 10 minutes.
The LAR operations have adapted to the conditions of the international flight directives JAR OPS 3.
Hereditary Grand Duke Henri takes over the patronage of LAR.
An additional helicopter of the type Ecureuil is added to the fleet. The Ecureuil is exclusively used for secondary transportations (transportations from hospital to hospital) and starts from the air base Findel.
Thanks to a convention with the Minister of Internal Affairs, LAR is integrated into the Luxembourgish rescue service SAMU.
The acknowledgment of Fondation Luxembourg Air Rescue as a non-profit institution by Grand-Ducal decree.
1 March 1989
LAR presents their first helicopter. On the same day the Bell B 206 Long Ranger flies its first mission. In the beginning LAR is only allowed to fly patients from hospital to hospital.
Many political, logistic, administrative and most of all financial hurdles had to be overcome before the official establishment of Luxembourg Air Rescue (LAR A.s.b.l.) was realized. René Closter is one of the primary founders and nowadays President of LAR.