Oris has paired up with Rega to produce a limited-edition Big Crown ProPilot that salutes the three airframes that Rega operates: The Airbus H145, the AugustaWestland “Da Vinci” AW109SP, and the Bombardier Challenger 650. In total, Rega operates 21 airframes, 18 helicopters, and 3 fixed-wing aircraft. It’s a household name in Switzerland; last year they executed a total of 16,273 missions (that’s fixed-wing and rotary combined). They have a fantastic Youtube channel in English that allows folks a close look into the mission set and operational side of aeromedical rescue.
Recently Rega has played a significant role in repatriating Swiss individuals during the Covid-19 situation. Rega uses a unique business model where the entire operation is funded by “patrons” who donate to the organization every year. Currently, there are around 3.6 million patrons. This allows air rescues to be carried out regardless of whether or not the folks being rescued can pay for it. By comparison, in the U.S., taxpayers pay for the public service of search-and-rescue missions carried out by organizations like the Coast Guard or National Park Service.