Rega is to test an instrument flight route from the Engadin over the Julier Pass to the Cantonal Hospital in Chur for the first time between 20 and 24 July. The aim is that in future the air-rescue organisation will be able to fly patients via this route even when visibility is poor. For the Engadin population, this signifies a considerable improvement in the provision of medical assistance by air.

Before the new instrument flight route can be approved by the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), it first needs to be extensively tested. To this end, from 20 to 24 July a Rega AgustaWestland Da Vinci helicopter will fly between 30 and 40 times from Samedan to Chur. The route leads over the topographically challenging terrain of Engadin Airport (the highest airport in Europe), over the Julier Pass, via Savognin through the Surses valley, on to Thusis, and finally to Graubünden Cantonal Hospital in Chur. On board the helicopter are various measurement devices that will record the exact position data throughout the flight. This makes it possible to check whether the route can be flown according to instrument flight rules (IFR) with the necessary precision.