Christoph 18

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Christoph 18

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Air rescue center data
Operator: ADAC Luftrettung gGmbH
Carrier: Association for rescue services and fire brigade alarms in Würzburg
Helicopter type: Eurocopter EC 135
Installation: July 31, 1980
Location: Main Clinic Ochsenfurt,
Am Greinberg 25,
97199 Ochsenfurt
Operational readiness: 7 a.m. to sunset
Coordinates: 49 ° 39 '58 "  N , 10 ° 5' 21"  E Coordinates: 49 ° 39 '58 "  N , 10 ° 5' 21"  E
Height: 807 ft
Pilot: ADAC air rescue
Doctor: Main Clinic Ochsenfurt, Würzburg University Hospital
HEMS Technical Crew Member : BRK KV Würzburg,
Malteser Hilfsdienst gGmbH Würzburg
Christoph 18 of the DRF in 2010

Christoph 18 is the radio call name of the rescue helicopter stationed in Lower Franconia at the Main Clinic Ochsenfurt . The area of ​​application extends from Schwäbisch Hall to Bad Kissingen and from Nuremberg to Aschaffenburg . Adjacent, the RTH Christoph 2 (Frankfurt am Main) in the northwest and Christoph 27 (Nuremberg) in the east, as well as Christoph 28 (Fulda) and Christoph 60 (Suhl) in the north are on alert. In the south, the area borders on Christoph 65 (Dinkelsbühl) and Christoph 51 (Stuttgart). Christoph 18 is alerted by the integrated control center in Würzburg. The primary target clinic of the RTH is the University Clinic Würzburg (roof landing area at the ZOM ). The secondary accident clinics are located in Aschaffenburg, Schweinfurt, Schwäbisch Hall, Nuremberg, Erlangen and Bad Mergentheim.


The Ochsenfurt air rescue center has existed at the Main Clinic Ochsenfurt since July 31, 1980. The BGS , now the Federal Police , had bottlenecks in the delivery of its civil defense helicopters. So the ADAC e. V. arrived with its subsidiary ADAC-Sicherheitskreis GmbH and flew the first missions from Ochsenfurt. It was not until November 3, 1981 that the BGS took over the entire station. In January 1996 the DRF took over the station. ADAC-Luftrettung GmbH has been operating the station again since January 1, 2011. Due to extensive renovation work at the base, the location of the helicopter was temporarily relocated to the nearby former military airfield Giebelstadt, which is only a two-minute flight from the LRZ Ochsenfurt. The hangar was overhauled for around € 1.7 million and the social wing was completely rebuilt for the crews, with relaxation rooms and the current health and safety regulations. Since January 15, 2013, after a two-year renovation period, Christoph 18 has been flying from Ochsenfurt again.

On July 7, 2020, ADAC Luftrettung was awarded the contract to operate the station for a further five years. The Association for Rescue Service and Fire Brigade Alerting Würzburg (ZRF) had to tender the operation in November 2019.

Operation helicopter

From the establishment of the station until 1996, a BO 105 flew in Ochsenfurt , z. B. with the label D-HDAX and at times a Bell UH-1D , z. B. with the registration D-HALO and D-HBZD, initially from the ADAC and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, later from the German Air Rescue. On September 20, 1996, one of the first Eurocopter EC 135 T1 with the registration D-HQQQ was stationed at the LRZ Ochsenfurt . This was replaced in July 2002 by a more modern EC 135 P2 with the label D-HDRC, which had one of the most modern avionics systems in the world. In addition, Christoph 18 was one of the first rescue helicopters to carry the so-called Rescue Track, through which the alarming control center (ILS Würzburg) is constantly informed of the exact position of the helicopter via GPS. The machine currently stationed in Ochsenfurt is an EC 135 P2 + (registration D-HXAD) with IBF filter and medium-high landing gear, built in 2013.

As replacement machines, both DRF and ADAC used BK 117 from time to time. Numerous helicopter types used in German air rescue flew in Ochsenfurt.


The crew of the machine consists of a pilot, an emergency doctor and a paramedic ( HEMS crew member ). While the pilots are employed full-time at ADAC-Luftrettung GmbH, the doctors come from Würzburg and Ochsenfurt clinics and practices, half of the paramedics come from the Bavarian Red Cross (BRK) and half from the Malteser Aid Service (MHD).


On May 16, 2013 Christoph 18 damaged a car while landing in a parking lot in Ochsenfurt, which was in the pilot's blind spot. The right tail fin bored through the windshield, but the crew did not notice the damage until they got out. The car was unoccupied at the time, and there was damage of € 1,000.


  • ADAC-Luftrettung GmbH: ADAC station atlas >> Christoph - please come! << , Munich, 2006. ISBN 3-933266-46-7 .

Web links

Commons : Christoph 18 (air ambulance)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Christoph 18 . Retrieved April 30, 2011.
  3. Bell UH-1D . February 15, 1968. Retrieved September 12, 2010.