In a ceremony in Luanda on Tuesday 8th November, thirteen new pilots were presented by Angolan National Police aviation commander JoÃ£o Lello to general commissioner Ambrosio de Lemos. In his speech to those present, Mr Lello said that the pilots had been trained in Brazil along with twenty maintenance engineers. A further nine pilots and a second batch of twenty engineers continue their training in the South American country today.
The Angolan National Police has a fleet of ten Eurocopter AS350B3 helicopters, delivered from 2009 through to May of this year.
Angola is a demanding operational environment, where the climate varies from cool, dry and semi-arid to hot, humid and rainy. Situated in South Western Africa, the country is rich in both minerals and oil with a population of around 18.5 million people. Twice the size of Texas, with 5,198 km of land boundaries and a 1,600km long Atlantic Ocean coastline, Angola also has a vast inland plateau, where terrain elevation reaches as high as 2,000m amsl.
Jeremy Parkin - HeliHub.com
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