Here you will find the latest media releases and exciting stories about Air Zermatt.
A festively decorated fir tree at Christmas time brings a festive holiday atmosphere to a village. On Wednesday morning, the traditional fir tree was set up on Zermatt's Bahnhofplatz. The special thing: In Zermatt, the fir tree arrived by helicopter of Air Zermatt.
On Sunday evening at a late hour, Air Zermatt in cooperation with the rescue station Zermatt rescued a 15-year-old English girl. She got lost in the Gornergrat area and could only be found after an hour-long search in deep darkness between the Riffelhorn and the Gorner glacier. The Air Zermatt crew, together with a rescue specialist, rescued the teenager from her predicament by winching her out of an extremely exposed spot.
Air Zermatt was called to several demanding rescues in the mountains over the past few days. Wind, fog and poorly accessible, exposed positions of the alpinists in distress posed a great challenge for the rescuers. In addition, many of the rescues had to be carried out during the night.
On Monday, September 12, 2022, Air Zermatt's new television series will go on air. "Alpha Zulu On Air" tells the story of people who are involved with the Valais rescue company on a daily basis.
Rebekka Frieden works as a flight paramedic for Air Zermatt. She realised her dream of working in a helicopter as a flight paramedic through hard work. She is now the first woman in this position at Air Zermatt and has been flying independently in a helicopter since Easter 2022. SRF 1 will give an insight into Rebekka Frieden's everyday life on Friday evening, September 2, 2022.
In the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, Air Zermatt was on mission for a 14-year-old boy from Great Britain. The boy had previously become separated from his family while hiking, went off the trail and was ultimately trapped in an inaccessible rock face. The boy was rescued from the rock face using a rescue winch.
Air Zermatt, in cooperation with the Zermatt rescue station, evacuated two Polish alpinists on the Matterhorn in the early hours of Thursday morning. The two climbers had sent out a call for help on Wednesday evening. However, due to fog, a rescue was neither possible on foot nor by helicopter. It was not until Thursday morning that the rescuers managed to evacuate the two climbers.
Air Zermatt has patented a fire-fighting boiler that improves fire-fighting with helicopters while increasing pilot safety. Another advantage: since one tonne of extinguishing water can be concentrated and dropped on the source of the fire within only three seconds, the extinguishing effect is higher compared to previous boilers. The fire-fighting boiler was developed by Air Zermatt founder Beat Perren.
The rescuers of Air Zermatt were in constant duty last week. In total, the Air Zermatt rescue crews were called out more than 70 times by helicopter and more than 20 times by ambulance from Monday to Monday. A selection of some of the missions shows that the emergencies could not have been more different.
Air Zermatt has installed an new and innovative flight simulator with virtual reality at its base in Zermatt. The new machine will enable both beginner and more experienced pilots to complete flight hours and flight checks via VR (virtual reality). Air Zermatt, along with another company, is one of the first in Switzerland to opt for a flight simulator from the Swiss manufacturer VRM Switzerland.