AIR - TRANSPORT EUROPE, spol. s r.o.

was established by physical entities in 1991 with primary objective to perform helicopter emergency medical service (EMS) in the Poprad region, namely in the High Tatra Mountains. In the same year the company started to pursue activities in the field of special aerial Works (logging, liming, construction and assembly works and aerial Works in agriculture).

It employs more than 100 people in its headquarters in Poprad and in operational centers in Bratislava, Nitra, Trencin, Zilina, Banska Bystrica, Kosice and Olomouc.

2018 - Open Door Day in Žilina

Open Door Day in Žilina

Open Door Day in Žilina - newly built Krištof 06 in Žilina was presented to the general public in September.

2017 - New operational center in Olomouc

New operational center in Olomouc

On 1st January 2017, following the tender of Ministry of Health in Czech republic, began AIR – TRANSPORT EUROPE providing the rescue flights at the HEMS base Olomouc.

Krištof 06 in Žilina

In 2017 ATE has built a new modern building for HEMS crew in Žilina and has reconstructed the current heliport there.

2016 - Huge tragedy

A tragic accident

Bell 429 helicopter crashed on 7/9/2016 late evening during a rescue mission near the village of Strelniky. Unfortunately all three crew members and 38 year old patient died during the accident. Pilot Ing. Ján Rušin, medical doctor Patrícia Krajňáková and paramedic František Bartoš were the crew members.

3 new helicopters

In December three new Bell 429 helicopters were added to the fleet, these helicopters will be deployed to helicopter emergency services in Slovakia gradually.

2015 - Business jet Cessna Citation 550 Bravo

Business jet Cessna Citation 550 Bravo

To satisfy the demand for international business flights, the company has enlarged its fleet by second business jet Cessna Citation 550 Bravo. In 2015 operates ATE two business jets Citation Bravo OM-ATN and OM-ATS for both medical and business flights. The aircraft Cessna Citation 560 Encore sold the company to US customer.

The tragic fall of the helicopter

The helicopter accident Agusta A109K2 OM-ATB on 17.7.2015 hit the whole company. There were four people onboard: pilot Ľubomír Majerčák, doctor Marek Rigda, operator Martin Svitana and mountain rescuer Dušan Leskovjanský. The reason was helicopter contact with electric line above the valley.

2014 - Opening the flight school

Opening the flight school

Approved Training Organisation, Flight and Maintenance School for Agusta, Eurocopter and Bell helicopter.

2013 - New ATE fleet member Bell 429

Seven operational centers in Slovakia

ATE was successful in tenders for permission to operate all seven HEMS bases in Slovakia, the permission is valid for 6 years.

A new member to the fleet

New ATE fleet member Bell 429 arrived in Poprad on September 29, 2013.

2012 - New premises in Bratislava

New premises Krištof 01

The new premises for HEMS base Krištof 01 in Bratislava were opened in the Airport M.R. Štefánika area.

2011 - ATE member of ICAR-CISA

Member of the International Mountain Rescue Commission IKAR-CISA

The company AIR-TRANSPORT EUROPE, Helicopter Emergency Medical Service operator, became the regular member of ICAR-CISA in Åre, Sweden, at the Congress of International Commission for Air Rescue. By this step the Slovak air rescuers have joined 63 rescue organizations from 33 countries all over the world that are already the members of this professional association.

New hangar Krištof 04

Opening of a new hangar and headquarters of the VZZS Košice - Krištof 04 station in the premises of the University Hospital L. Pasteur in Košice.

April 2011 - The company AIR-TRANSPORT EUROPE celebrated 20th anniversary of its establishment.

2010 - The ninth rescue helicopter Agusta A109K2

Helicopter Agusta A109K2

The ninth rescue helicopter Agusta A109K2 (OM – ATL) has arrived to the seat of the company.

Jet aircraft Cessna Citation 560 Encore

ATE has upgraded its fleet by up-to-date jet aircraft Cessna Citation 560 Encore, which will be used for medical purposes for transportation of patients, as well as for passenger transportation.

2009 - New centers Zilina, Trencin

Other Agusta A109K2 helicopters

In order to improve the quality of provided services ATE has expanded its fleet by another rescue helicopters Agusta A109K2 (OM–ATJ, OM-ATK).

HEMS at Žilina

On the basis of the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic License for Operation of Helicopter Emergency Medical Service bases ATE took over the operation at HEMS at Žilina (located in the area of Teaching Hospital with Polyclinic) on November 9, 2009.

ATE opened another HEMS base at the airport at Trenčín on December 10, 2009.

2008 - The first night technical rescue mission

The first night technical rescue mission

The first night technical rescue mission using the hoist in high-mountain terrain in the history of Slovak aviation implemented.

Cooperation with members of Tatra Mountain Service

VZZS ATE začala intenzívnu spoluprácu s členmi Tatranskej horskej služby - dobrovoľného zboru (THS DZ).

Contract for the purchase of two twin-engine helicopters

Podpis kontraktu na kúpu dvoch dvojmotorových vrtuľníkov typu „Grand light“ s opciou na ďalšie dva vrtuľníky počas leteckej show vo Farnborough vo Veľkej Británii.

The Agreement on Cooperation

The Agreement on Cooperation in Rescue with Tatrzańske Ochotnicze Pogotowie Ratunkowe (TOPR) was signed.

2007 - New station and hangar in Banska Bystrica

The first night emergency mission in high-mountain terrain

The first night emergency mission in high-mountain terrain performed using night vision goggles in the Western Tatra Mountains.

Systém Rollgliss

The new rescue system Rollgliss is being introduced. The new rescue technique is taken over by Helicopter Emergency Medical Service ATE from the Swiss rescue organization REGA that is successfully applying this technique in the Alps.

New station and hangar in Banska Bystrica

Opening of a new HEMS base and hangar in the area of Roosevelt Hospital with Polyclinic at Banská Bystrica.

2006 - Night vision goggles flying

New HEMS base at Nitra

Opening of a new HEMS base at Nitra.

Pilot training

Training of ATE pilots for flying with special technology for night vision under supervision of Swiss HEMS REGA instructor was implemented. Within the V4 countries AIR- TRANSPORT EUROPE is the first one to use the Night Vision Goggles for emergency missions.

2005 - Special ambulance car

New helicopter in Banska Bystrica

The list of superior-quality Helicopter Emergency Medical Service bases was completed with the base at Banská Bystrica. The fourth A109 K2 helicopter of the company AIR - TRANSPORT EUROPE was stationed there.

Special ambulance car

For the needs of HEMS the company purchased a special ambulance van RTW Mercedes Benz Sprinter 903.6 with navigation video-system, positioning bed and complete medical equipment for emergency medical service.

2004 - Helicopter Agusta A109K2

Helicopter Agusta A109K2

In the presence of governmental agents ATE officially introduced to operation three specialized helicopters of Italian made Agusta A109 K2 intended for Helicopter Emergency Medical Service bases at Poprad, Košice and Bratislava.

2003 - An-124 Ruslan

An-124 Ruslan

The company started to use giant aircraft of Ukrainian made An-124 “Ruslan” for transportation of over-sized cargo.

Agusta A109 K

AIR - TRANSPORT EUROPE purchased highly specialized helicopter of Italian made A109K2, specially constructed for the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. The real technical top helicopter thus becomes the standard technical equipment of HEMS.

1997 - Operational centres in BB, BA

New helicopters

In 1997 the company updated the fleet by world top French helicopter AS 355N Ecureuil and PLZ Kania helicopter.

Operational centres in BB, BA

New bases of HEMS at Bratislava and Banska Bystrica were opened.

1996 - Tu 154B, L-410 UVP-E1

Tu 154B

Rental and operation of 164-seat aircraft Tu-154B for flights for travel agencies from Bratislava.

L-410 UVP-E1

The company purchased the aircraft L-410 UVP-E1 for long-distance transportation of patients.

1995 - Tu 134A

Tu 134A

Purchase of 76-seat aircraft Tu-134A, transportation of travel agencies clients, first of all from the Poprad and Košice airports.

1993 - AS355 F1 Ecureuil

AS355 F1 Ecureuil

ATE expanded its helicopter fleet by French helicopters AS355 F1 Ecureuil.

1992 - New Helicopter Emergency Medical Service at Košice

Charter transportation

The company started to operate charter transportation of persons and cargo by rented aircraft of Russian made: An-24, An-26, An-30, YAK-42, Tu-134A a Tu-154M.

New Helicopter Emergency Medical Service at Košice

Opening of a new Helicopter Emergency Medical Service at Košice.

1991 - First EMS helicopter in the company

First EMS helicopter in the company

The first EMS helicopter in the company – French SA 316B Alouette III – was introduced to operation on the base of Helicopter Emergency Medical Service at Poprad.

Polish helicopters

ATE introduced to operation Polish helicopters Mi-2 and also helicopters Mi-8T and Mi-8P for special aerial works.

Rental of Mi-17 helicopter

Rental of Mi-17 helicopter and the largest cargo Mi-26T helicopter for transportation of over-sized cargo.