Swiss companies Air Zermatt and Air-Glaciers have announced they will be merging in April.
PRESS RELEASE – 10 March 2020
Both companies have a long history that goes back over 50 years, working on various mountain operations and rescue flights.
Air-Glaciers has a rotary- and fixed-wing fleet including 15 helicopters across seven bases in Switzerland. Air Zermatt employs 75 people, with a fleet of 10 helicopters across three bases.
Bruno Bagnoud, Air-Glaciers Founder, will serve the new company as Honorary President.
Both companies will still have their own board of directors and a CEO, and the regional anchoring of Air-Glaciers in Lower Valais and Air Zermatt in Upper Valais will remain as it is.
In a joint press release the companies said: “This merging is definitely the right way forward. “But even after the merger, there will always be two companies, two brands and two strong names. We will try to go a little bit together, but still remain distinctive and independent in the future. Always with the goal of becoming even better and more efficient.”
The full Press Release is available at the following link:
Air Zermatt has selected VRM Switzerland as its supplier for an innovative training solution based on virtual reality (VR) technology.
The simulator’s visual system provides 3D vision with unprecedented resolution. “This will allow our discerning pilots to effectively train for difficult scenarios on mountain landing sites, with bright sunshine and under various snow conditions such as white-outs,” says Air Zermatt CEO Gerold Biner.
The simulator can also be used for other scenarios, such as external load training (HESLO), autorotationand vortex recovery, using a validated flight data model. The small environmental footprint and the cost-effective price were important criteria for Air Zermatt when it selected VRM Switzerland’s simulator. In the long run, it will enable Air Zermatt to conduct morein-house training, allowing it to reduce the travel costs and time involved in traveling to other training centers. All this while doing something good for the environment in Zermatt.
“We have not found anything on the market that comes close to the solution that VRM Switzerland is offering in terms of quality and technology,” says Biner. “And I would like to mention the ultimate key to a successful partnership. We here at Air Zermatt are very passionate about what we do. So it was great to find in VRM Switzerland a team that is equally passionate about what they do: Offering the demanding pilot the best simulator experience.”
Air Zermatt has selected the SKYe SH09 as its next generation single-engine turbine helicopter.
Air Zermatt enjoys through its versatile activities in high mountainous regions as well as their constant innovation a worldwide recognition. In order to be prepared for the future, Air Zermatt has selected the SKYe SH09 as its next generation single-engine turbine helicopter. “The constantly increasing requirements with regards to performance and environment on the one hand and the expectations of operational flexibility on the other hand, require a conceptually new single-engine turbine helicopter. This new helicopter we have found with MARENCO SWISSHELICOPTER” says Gerold Biner, CEO of Air Zermatt. “Important for us is the fact that Marenco Swisshelicopter enables us to influence the helicopter’s design with our 45 years of experience in areal work and air rescue.” “Winning Air Zermatt as a launch customer for the SKYe SH09 is the confirmation for us that the market is ready for a newly developed helicopter and that our design is right one,” says Martin Stucki, CEO of MARENCO SWISSHELICOPTER. “Air Zermatt’s long-term experience in combination with our know-how is the ideal partnership to bring a new, modern and versatile helicopter to the market.”
Thanks to Massimo PIRALLA for this image from HAI 2016 Event in Louisville, KY.