Northern Helicopter GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DRF Luftrettung, Filderstadt. DRF Luftrettung looks back on nearly 50 years of air rescue experience. The organization operates helicopters at 29 HEMS bases in Germany and two in Austria for rapid emergency rescue as well as for urgent transports of intensive care patients between hospitals. Ten of the stations are operational 24/7. The flying intensive care units of the red and white helicopters are equipped with state-of-the-art medical technology. In addition, DRF Luftrettung is a member of the network of AP³ Luftrettung and participates in a further station with day and night flight operations in Balzers/Liechtenstein. Throughout Europe, DRF Luftrettung is the main night flight expert among the civil operators, with the highest number of helicopter flight hours in darkness (NVIS). In addition to helicopter rescue, DRF Luftrettung uses its own ambulance aircraft and experienced medical personnel to bring patients back to Germany from abroad. Over the past four decades, DRF Luftrettung has performed over 900,000 missions.