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Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Dec-13

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and better times in 2014. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Jesus, and we trust many of our readers will take time to consider what that means to the world, perhaps through attending a [...]

British lawyer seeks black boxes for all passenger-carrying helicopters

British lawyer seeks black boxes for all passenger-carrying helicopters

Source: Irwin Mitchell, 23-Dec-13

LAWYERS representing a family bereaved in the Clutha helicopter crash have called for all passenger-carrying helicopters to be fitted with black box recording devices. Aviation legal experts from Irwin Mitchell, who also act for the victims of North Sea helicopter ditchings, have been instructed by John McGarrigle, whose 57-year-old father, also called John McGarrigle, died [...]

Brazilian State of San Paulo orders AW109SP GrandNew

Brazilian State of San Paulo orders AW109SP GrandNew

Source: AgustaWestland, 16-Dec-13

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Government of the State of San Paulo in Brazil has placed an order for a GrandNew light twin helicopter. The aircraft will be operated by the Military Police of the State of San Paulo to perform environmental and forest patrols and airborne surveillance missions in [...]

Dalian Police receive second Eurocopter EC155

Dalian Police receive second Eurocopter EC155

Source: Eurocopter, 16-Dec-13

Dalian Municipality has taken delivery of its second EC155 B1 for missions ranging from surveillance, rescue and anti-terrorism, to fire-fighting, troop airlift and the transportation of personnel. This new EC155 B1 is well-equipped for its multi-role duties – outfitted with an electro-optical FLIR (forward-looking infrared) camera, searchlight, loud speakers, rappelling ropes and hoist. It also [...]

US Dept Homeland Security selling four MD500Es

US Dept Homeland Security selling four MD500Es

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-13

The GSA auction site – run by the US General Services Administration department – is currently listing four MD500E helicopters, all of which have operated for the US Department of Homeland Security. The four are N5247S built 1985 MSN 0119E – sale ref 91QSCI14180501 N91620 built 1996 MSN 0529E - sale ref 91QSCI14181501 N7166M built 1985 MSN [...]

Eurocopter launches law enforcement EC145T2 helicopter with an order for six

Eurocopter launches law enforcement EC145T2 helicopter with an order for six

Source: Eurocopter, 12-Dec-13

Germany’s Landespolizei Baden Württemberg has ordered six Eurocopter EC145 T2 helicopters, becoming the first law enforcement customer for this evolved version of the popular EC145 twin-engine rotorcraft. When delivered in 2015-2016, these EC145 T2s will provide the southwestern German state‟s police force with a highly capable multi-role fleet to replace a mixed fleet of two [...]

Italian Police Takes Delivery of its Fifth AW139

Italian Police Takes Delivery of its Fifth AW139

Source: AgustaWestland, 09-Dec-13

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the Italian Police has taken delivery of a fifth AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter which will be based in Reggio Calabria. The contract, which was signed in July last year, includes a total of eight AW139 helicopters. Designated UH-139C, the Italian Police’s helicopters operate from bases in [...]

Glasgow EC135 Crash – Blades were not turning at impact

Glasgow EC135 Crash – Blades were not turning at impact

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-13

The AAIB has in the last three hours published an initial summary of their findings to date of the Scottish Police Eurocopter EC135 accident in Glasgow on 29th November. The accident killed the pilot from Bond Air Services, and the two police offciers in the helicopter – and a further six on the ground. The [...]

Christie to supply projectors for German Federal Police EC155/AS332 flight training devices

Christie to supply projectors for German Federal Police EC155/AS332 flight training devices

Source: Christie, 09-Dec-13

Christie®, who introduced the world’s first DLP® simulation projection system with LED illumination, the Christie Matrix StIM™, today announced that Frasca International, manufacturer of flight training equipment for airlines, flight schools, and military organizations worldwide, has awarded Christie the contract to provide 12 simulation projection systems for the German Federal Police’s (BPOL), two new Eurocopter [...]

Bell face second lawsuit over Sept 2010 NYPD Bell 412 accident

Bell face second lawsuit over Sept 2010 NYPD Bell 412 accident

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-13

It has been widely reported in recent days that the City of New York has filed a lawsuit against Bell, effectively requesting them to supply a new helicopter for the one that crashed, which they claim was defective. See story in NY Daily News However, in looking at this situation, you also need to consider [...]

Glasgow EC135 death toll rises to nine

Glasgow EC135 death toll rises to nine

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Dec-13

A further body has been recovered from the Clutha Vaults bar in central Glasgow following the accident involving the Scottish Police Eurocopter EC135T2i on Friday evening. This brings the death toll to nine, of which six were in the bar and three in the helicopter – Bond Air Services pilot David Traill and police officers [...]

Harford Sheriff gets airborne with helicopter purchase

Harford Sheriff gets airborne with helicopter purchase

Source: Baltimore Sun, 28-Nov-13

The Sheriff’s Office has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday 3rd December at the Forest Hill Business Airpark to make the announcement and debut their Bell OH-58  See full story  [File photo]

Cyprus coordinates AW139 operations

Cyprus coordinates AW139 operations

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-13

Local press is reporting that Cyprus’ Justice Minister Ionas Nicolaou and Defence Minister Photis Photiou last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding to coordinate the operation of the country’s AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters.  From the text of the official announcement, the MoU paves the way for coordination between the Police and National Guard, including a joint training [...]

New South Wales Police signs for Bell 412EPI

New South Wales Police signs for Bell 412EPI

Source: Bell, 21-Nov-13

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed purchase agreement with the New South Wales Police Force for the first Bell 412EPI helicopter to be operated in Australia. Based in Sydney, Australia, the New South Wales Police will take delivery of the new aircraft in late 2014 where it will be used for [...]

Long Beach police get $10,000 fuel donation

Long Beach police get $10,000 fuel donation

20-Nov-13

The donation from Fueling California, a nonprofit advocacy group for major fuel consumers, was presented Friday in a ceremony that included LBPD Chief Jim McDonnell  See full story

Dubai Police to operate five AW169s

Dubai Police to operate five AW169s

Source: AgustaWestland, 18-Nov-13

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Dubai Police will operate five AW169 light intermediate helicopters to perform a range of missions including law  enforcement, emergency medical services and VIP transport. This contract marks the entrance of the AW169 into the Middle East parapublic helicopter market and further expands the success of [...]

Turkish National Police receive first seven Bell 429s

Turkish National Police receive first seven Bell 429s

Source: Bell, 12-Nov-13

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has delivered the first seven of 15 Bell 429s to the Turkish National Police on or ahead of schedule. The aircraft will be used for a wide array of law enforcement missions, including surveillance, personnel transport and air support of ground operations. “With the [...]

UK – Police Service of Northern Ireland start using unmanned drones

UK – Police Service of Northern Ireland start using unmanned drones

Source: Belfast Telegraph, 08-Nov-13

A drone aircraft has been used in a security operation for the first time in Northern Ireland policing since the G8 summit. The PSNI confirmed that the technology was used to help public safety as a “small, viable device” was defused in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast. see full story

Peruvian National Police receives first of four EC145

Peruvian National Police receives first of four EC145

Source: Eurocopter, 06-Nov-13

The Peruvian Interior Ministry has received the first of four twin-engine Eurocopter EC145 helicopters that are set to modernize the fleet of the National Police of Peru. The formal handover was attended by French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who took the occasion of his official visit to Peru to reiterate the cooperation between France [...]

26-Oct-13 N283MP Bell OH-58A Jefferson City, US-Missouri

26-Oct-13

Engine failure on training flight, helicopter damaged in emergency landing in field.  Highway Patrol report shows no injuries to Michael Hagus and minor injuries not requiring medical help to Jeff Noack

Croatian Police receive first Eurocopter EC135

Croatian Police receive first Eurocopter EC135

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Oct-13

In their first new helicopter acquisition for 23 years, the Croatian Police have recently bought two Eurocopter EC135s to be based at Lucko. Previously they relied on three Bell 206s (one Agusta-built one dating from 1973) and one Agusta-Bell 212, all of which are now marked for retirement in the next two years. The first [...]

Bell highlights law enforcement aircraft at IACP 2013

Bell highlights law enforcement aircraft at IACP 2013

Source: Bell, 22-Oct-13

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will display its first commercially qualified armed helicopter, the Bell 407AH, at IACP 2013, the International Association of Chiefs of Police 120th annual conference and exposition. Show attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about Bell Helicopter’s best-selling aircraft in the law enforcement segment, the Bell [...]

Philadelphia Police orders two AS350B2

Philadelphia Police orders two AS350B2

Source: American Eurocopter, 21-Oct-13

The Philadelphia Police Department has placed orders with American Eurocopter for two AS350 B2 helicopters as part of its fleet expansion plan, becoming the latest in a growing list of major U.S. Law Enforcement agencies to select the high performance Eurocopter aircraft. The purchases were financed through federal grants. “Track record is important,” said Capt. Kenneth O’Brien [...]

American Eurocopter showcases EC135 at IACP 2013

American Eurocopter showcases EC135 at IACP 2013

Source: American Eurocopter, 18-Oct-13

American Eurocopter, the leader in sales of helicopters for Airborne Law Enforcement with more than 50 percent market share in the U.S., will feature an EC135 T2e from the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing at the 2013 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference, Oct. 19-23 in Philadelphia. With more than 25,000 flight hours [...]

UK – Durham Tees Valley Airport invests in new police hangar

UK – Durham Tees Valley Airport invests in new police hangar

Source: DTV Airport, 17-Oct-13

The National Police Air Service (NPAS) will soon have a new ‘home’ thanks to investment by Durham Tees Valley Airport. Under a new five-year agreement the airport is funding a new purpose-built hangar for Air Service’s Eurocopter EC135 aircraft which is based at Durham Tees Valley. Work on the new 320 square metre facility is [...]

Maryland State Police confirm pilot error in Dauphin wheels-up landing

Maryland State Police confirm pilot error in Dauphin wheels-up landing

Source: WBFF Fox 45, 15-Oct-13

Pilot error was the reason a state medevac helicopter hit the tarmac without its landing gear deployed last month, state police confirmed see full story See also HeliHub.com page for this incident 25-Sep-13 N95MD Eurocopter AS365N3 Leonardtown, US-Maryland

Tulsa Police to replace Bell 206L4 with Eurocopter AS350B2

Tulsa Police to replace Bell 206L4 with Eurocopter AS350B2

Source: Tulsa World, 14-Oct-13

Tulsa Police have sold the older of its two Bell 206L4 LongRangers, and will take delivery of a newly-ordered AS350B2 in April 2014.  See full story FAA records show that the sold helicopter N201TP was bought by M&J Leisure LLC of Ogden, Utah.

Northern Helicopters wins Finnish Border Guard training contract

Northern Helicopters wins Finnish Border Guard training contract

Source: Northern Helicopters, 08-Oct-13

Northern Helicopters has been awarded with the training contract for the Finnish Border Patrol, the Finnish military.  The air squadron pilots will join the CPL integrated program which starts on the Guimbal Cabri, and includes advanced training on the EC120.  

Glendale and Burbank police to replace MD520N with new aircraft

Glendale and Burbank police to replace MD520N with new aircraft

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Oct-13

The City Council of Glendale this week unanimously approved the disposal of the oldest MD520N in the City fleet, and its replacement with a new MD520N. according to a report in the Glendale News Express.  Glendale operates a joint unit with neighbouring city Burbank. The older aircraft – N272BP, serial LN040, is being replaced as [...]

L-3 Wescam launches advanced training for MX™-Series of EO/IR turrets

L-3 Wescam launches advanced training for MX™-Series of EO/IR turrets

Source: L-3 Wescam, 23-Sep-13

L-3 WESCAM announced today the launch of its Advanced Operator Training course for the MX™-Series of EO/IR imaging and targeting turrets. Designed for experienced system operators, the new course’s advanced curriculum builds on knowledge acquired in the prerequisite course – WESCAM Operations and Organizational Maintenance. “The course focuses on a number of key tactical and [...]

Profile – US Park Police, celebrating 40 years

Profile – US Park Police, celebrating 40 years

Source: National Parks Traveler, 23-Sep-13

This year marks 40 years of service by the United States Park Police (USPP) Aviation Unit, and the group has been involved in some unusual and high-profile incidents.  see profile

Icelandic Coast Guard uses newly-developed technology to locate lost hiker

Icelandic Coast Guard uses newly-developed technology to locate lost hiker

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Sep-13

On Wednesday 11th September, the Icelandic Coast Guard successfully found a hiker who was lost near Svínafellsjökull using equipment developed by local tech company Rögg Corporation. The helicopter – Super Puma TF-GNA – was called out at night and arrived on scene in rain with visibility at ground level quoted by local press as five [...]

Military helicopters to support Swedish Police

Military helicopters to support Swedish Police

Source: Nordic Rotors, 14-Sep-13

The Swedish Armed Forces Helicopter Wing will assist the Swedish National Police with medium-heavy helicopter support, according to a new assignment from the Swedish Government. The money to establish the cooperation will be provided in the autumn budget, according to the Armed Forces. The operation will be implemented gradually, starting from 1 January 2014. The military support [...]

City Council approves third R66 for Fontana Police

City Council approves third R66 for Fontana Police

14-Sep-13

The R66 is being paid for entirely out of federal asset forfeiture funds, so the Council’s decision was more around the ongoing maintenance costs.  See full story

Queensland Government merges Police and EMS helicopters with fixed wing ops

Queensland Government merges Police and EMS helicopters with fixed wing ops

Source: Queensland Government, 13-Sep-13

The Queensland Government’s emergency helicopters, police and fixed wing aircraft will be brought together and operated under one combined service. The decision to establish the new Government Air Service comes after an extensive review examined what was the most effective and efficient way to operate the government air and helicopter services. The review assessed three [...]

Metro Aviation adds details of Austin Police’s new AS350B3e

Metro Aviation adds details of Austin Police’s new AS350B3e

Source: Metro Aviation, 12-Sep-13

Editor Note – HeliHub.com has already run the story of this helicopter being launched – see Austin Police launches Eurocopter AS350B3e operations  - the press release below was issued today by Metro Aviation and adds  to the specification details in the earlier article The Austin Police Department Air Support Unit recently added a third helicopter to its [...]

Austin Police launches Eurocopter AS350B3e operations

Austin Police launches Eurocopter AS350B3e operations

Source: Austin Police, 09-Sep-13

Police forces in some 30 regions across the world operate aircrafts from the AS350 B3e family. The AS350 B3e offers excellent visibility, has a pilot-friendly ergonomic cockpit and exceptional endurance and speed. The unobstructed, flat floor cabin concept and low vibration level allow for the installation of all necessary equipment, including fully integrated law enforcement [...]

Helibras invests in new forms of government funding for public safety aircraft

Helibras invests in new forms of government funding for public safety aircraft

Source: Helibras, 28-Aug-13

Helibras will present to the public the Interseg – fair aimed to public safety that happens in RioCentro 18-20 of August, new funding possibilities for purchase of helicopters by state governments. According to François Arnaud, Vice President Sales and Marketing Helibras, it Finame, long-term financing of the Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Economico e Social (BNDES) [...]

AviIT to Manage RCMP Air Services’ Technical Library

AviIT to Manage RCMP Air Services’ Technical Library

Source: AviIT, 27-Aug-13

AviIT, Inc. announces it has been awarded the contract to provide eMan to centrally manage the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Air Services’ technical manuals. This contract was awarded after a thorough review of all internal processes, which included adopting industry standards to provide 24/7 access to the RCMP Aviation Technical Library. eMan will be [...]

RCMP traffic helicopter tickets 35 violations in four hours

RCMP traffic helicopter tickets 35 violations in four hours

Source: 660 News, 26-Aug-13

Using a helicopter, the Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit stopped 28 vehicles and issued 35 tickets during an aircraft-based traffic enforcement session Friday. see full story  [file photo]

Ghana Police Helipad Commissioned

Ghana Police Helipad Commissioned

Source: SpyGhana, 25-Aug-13

The Ghana Police Service have commissioned a helipad at the forecourt of the National Operations Centre at the Police Headquarters in Accra.  see full story

UK NPAS plans EC135T2 standardisation

UK NPAS plans EC135T2 standardisation

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Aug-13

The West Yorkshire Police, tasked with managing Britain’s new National Police Air Service, have released pre-tender documentation for the upgrade of an unspecified number of Eurocopter EC135T2 helicopters. The contract period is for 1 year with a further two potential extensions of 1 year each. HeliHub.com notes that there are currently six EC135T2s under the control of [...]

Helibras honours 100 years of public security aviation in São Paulo

Helibras honours 100 years of public security aviation in São Paulo

Source: Helibras, 20-Aug-13

Helibras honored on Monday (19) during the Interseg – Safety Fair which takes place in RioCentro (RJ), the hundred years of aviation public security in the state of São Paulo.   Begun in 1913 with the creation of the School of Aviation Force and then with some periods of interruption, the current Military Police also [...]

Night Vision Award Winners Honored at ALEA

Night Vision Award Winners Honored at ALEA

Source: Night Vision Award, 29-Jul-13

The Night Vision Awards were presented at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s (ALEA) Annual Trade Show and Convention in Orlando, Florida at the Peabody hotel July 18 with more than 200 people in attendance. “The receptiveness of ALEA attendees and exhibitors continues to grow each year and everyone at ASU is happy to be a [...]

Wuhan Police go live with Eurocopter EC135P2e

Wuhan Police go live with Eurocopter EC135P2e

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Jul-13

Police in China’s Wuhan Province have now gone live with their new Eurocopter EC135P2e. Pioneers in law enforcement aviation in China by many years, Wuhan started helicopter operations with an Enstrom 280FX back in 1994. Increasing demands of the tasks has meant that they needed a much more able aircraft, hence the upgrade. The Enstrom [...]

ASU Celebrates Major Accomplishments at ALEA 2013

ASU Celebrates Major Accomplishments at ALEA 2013

Source: ASU, 19-Jul-13

In celebration of achieving some major milestones in 2013, Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) will host a series of events at the Airborne Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) annual convention in Orlando from July 17-20 at booth 224. “This year ASU surpassed some major milestones,” said Director of Sales and Marketing, Hannah Gordon. “We have many customers [...]

ALEA 2013 – Bell has both 407GX and 429 on display

ALEA 2013 – Bell has both 407GX and 429 on display

Source: Bell, 18-Jul-13

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will showcase two aircraft at the 43rd annual Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s (ALEA) conference and exposition, held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. July 17-20. Attendees will get an up close look at the Fairfax County Police Department’s Bell 429 and a Bell 407GX [...]

ALEA 2013 – Metro Aviation promotes Law Enforcement work

ALEA 2013 – Metro Aviation promotes Law Enforcement work

Source: Metro Aviation, 18-Jul-13

When they’re not on a mission, law enforcement teams are constantly training.  They sharpen their skills with classroom instruction and real-life scenarios to keep their towns and cities safe.  Much like their counterparts in the air, the technicians for these law enforcement teams must complete regular safety and training sessions in the classroom.  Metro Aviation [...]

AgustaWestland Displays AW169 Mockup and Virtual Trainer at ALEA 2013

AgustaWestland Displays AW169 Mockup and Virtual Trainer at ALEA 2013

Source: AgustaWestland, 18-Jul-13

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, continues to lead the way in airborne law enforcement safety and innovation by showcasing the AW169 Mockup as well as the Virtual Interactive Procedure Trainer (VIPT) for the GrandNew helicopter within its booth (#413) at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association annual meeting, taking place this week in Orlando. Members of the [...]

Rebtech supports Estonia Air Force with NVG Technology

Rebtech supports Estonia Air Force with NVG Technology

Source: Rebtech, 17-Jul-13

Texas-based night vision technology lighting leader, REBTECH, has recently completed a contract to modify four Robinson R44 helicopters for the Estonian Air Force. The installation included the modification of all aircraft lighting, which is based on REBTECH’s NVG Supplemental Type Certificated (STC), and was provided by REBTECH technicians on location at the Estonian Air Force [...]

ALEA 2013 – San Antonio Police order two Eurocopter EC120s

ALEA 2013 – San Antonio Police order two Eurocopter EC120s

Source: American Eurocopter, 17-Jul-13

American Eurocopter is pleased to announce the purchase of two Eurocopter EC120 helicopters by the San Antonio Police Department as part of an upgrade to their fleet of patrol helicopters. The agency currently operates one Eurocopter AS350B3 for use in fire-fighting, search and rescue and other special missions. The agency is eventually moving to an [...]

ALEA 2013 – LAPD teams with American Eurocopter to promote training programs

ALEA 2013 – LAPD teams with American Eurocopter to promote training programs

Source: American Eurocopter, 17-Jul-13

American Eurocopter has teamed up with the Los Angeles Police Department Air Support Division in an unprecedented training program to enhance the safety and efficiency of the LAPD helicopter flight operations. As part of its ongoing customer support commitment American Eurocopter will recognize the LAPD Air Support Division at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s 43rd [...]

ALEA 2013 – American Eurocopter promotes AS350 12-year inspection work

ALEA 2013 – American Eurocopter promotes AS350 12-year inspection work

Source: American Eurocopter, 17-Jul-13

One of the best ways law enforcement agencies and other operators can optimize the long-term use of popular Eurocopter AS350 series aircraft is to have American Eurocopter perform the detailed 12-Year Inspection. The 12-Year Inspection effectively resets the inspection cycles to zero (0) and allows the aircraft to be completely updated by incorporating all existing [...]

ALEA 2013 – American Eurocopter profiles EC135 in law enforcement role

ALEA 2013 – American Eurocopter profiles EC135 in law enforcement role

Source: American Eurocopter, 17-Jul-13

Law enforcement agencies looking for a versatile helicopter to upgrade their airborne mission capabilities need look no further than the Eurocopter EC135, the highly capable light twin-engine helicopter marketed by American Eurocopter. Nearly 1,100 EC135s are in use globally, with missions heavily focused on airborne law enforcement and emergency medical transport services. The latest variant of this mission-tested helicopter is the [...]

ALEA 2013 – American Eurocopter profiles AS350B3e in law enforcement role

ALEA 2013 – American Eurocopter profiles AS350B3e in law enforcement role

Source: American Eurocopter, 17-Jul-13

Eurocopter AS350 series helicopters remain the leading choice of U.S. law enforcement agencies to provide airborne law enforcement capabilities. There are more than 200 AS350s used in law enforcement service, outselling the nearest competitor by nearly a three-to-one margin. The trend has continued as American Eurocopter finds wide customer acceptance with law enforcement for the [...]

Come see RSG at ALEA Orlando

Come see RSG at ALEA Orlando

Source: RSG, 17-Jul-13

Rotorcraft Services Group has been serving our Corporate, Emergency Medical, Law Enforcement, and Special Mission customers with exceptional customizing for over 37 years! To see how RSG can meet your Concept-to-Completion aviation needs, please come by our booth #526 at the ALEA 43rd Conference & Exposition, this week in Orlando, Florida. We would love to visit [...]

Rebtech NVG integrated into Austin Police AS350B3e

Rebtech NVG integrated into Austin Police AS350B3e

Source: Rebtech, 15-Jul-13

REBTECH, one the first civil and military aviation night vision lighting providers in the world, has announced the initial night vision goggle (NVG) compatible conversion of an AS350B3e recently acquired by the City of Austin Police Department (APD).  The addition of this aircraft to the APD Air Support Unit will allow expanded critical support roles [...]

Denver Police says no police UAVs in near future

Denver Police says no police UAVs in near future

Source: Denver Post, 12-Jul-13

Denver Police Chief Robert White says he appreciates technological advances but told a City Council committee on Tuesday he won’t put police drones into Denver air space any time soon. see full story

NAASCO Northeast Corp to exhibit at ALEA

NAASCO Northeast Corp to exhibit at ALEA

Source: NAASCO, 12-Jul-13

NAASCO Northeast Corporation will be exhibiting at the ALEA National Convention in Orlando, July 17-20, and 2013 marks the 15th straight year the company has displayed its repair and overhaul capabilities to the Airborne Law Enforcement community. Company representatives will be on hand to discuss the latest repair capabilities and FAA approvals for the now-famous [...]

Alaska State Troopers show off new AS350B3e

Alaska State Troopers show off new AS350B3e

Source: Anchorage Daily News, 12-Jul-13

The Alaska State Troopers rolled out their new helicopter – Helo 2 on Thursday, July 11, 2013.  see full story and photo

SkyTrac to Exhibit at ALEA Conference/Exhibition

SkyTrac to Exhibit at ALEA Conference/Exhibition

Source: SkyTrac Systems, 11-Jul-13

SkyTrac Systems is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at the 43rd Annual Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida, July 17 – 19, 2013. This conference brings public safety pilots, tactical flight officers, administrators and technicians together for an educational and networking event focused on the airborne law [...]

Bolivia to buy two Mi-17s to fight drug trafficking

Bolivia to buy two Mi-17s to fight drug trafficking

Source: IndRus, 11-Jul-13

Bolivia plans to buy Russia’s two Mi-17 helicopters to fight drug trafficking, Bolivian Defence Minister Ruben Saavedra said – see full report

Night Vision Awards Announces 2013 Award Winners

Night Vision Awards Announces 2013 Award Winners

Source: Aviation Specialties Unlimited, 11-Jul-13

The Night Vision Awards selection committee released the names of the 2013 Night Vision Award recipients for the award show at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida. The 5- Year Service Award, 10- Year Service Award, Community Awareness Award, and the Mark of Excellence Awards will be presented to award recipients [...]

Kenyan Police post tender for new single turbine helicopter

Kenyan Police post tender for new single turbine helicopter

Source: Standard Media, 10-Jul-13

Police headquarters has invited bidders for the supply and deliver of the new single turbine engine helicopter to tender by August 2.  See full story

South Australian Police to buy four UAVs

South Australian Police to buy four UAVs

Source: The Australian, 04-Jul-13

Police Minister Michael O’Brien said UAVs have become a recognised policing tool throughout the world.  see full story

Italian Police receive their first two AW139s

Italian Police receive their first two AW139s

Source: AgustaWestland, 03-Jul-13

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Italian Police has taken delivery of its first two AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters on schedule. These helicopters will be operated by the 1st Aviation Unit of the Italian Police and based at Pratica di Mare, close to Rome. Additional aircraft will be delivered to [...]

Russian helicopters provide security for World Student Games in Kazan

Russian helicopters provide security for World Student Games in Kazan

Source: Russian Helicopters, 03-Jul-13

Mi-8MTV helicopters built by Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company, will provide security at the 27th Summer Universiade in the Russian city of Kazan this month. More than 170 nations – a record for the event – will participate in Universiade-2013, taking place on July 6-17 in the capital of Russia’s Tatarstan region. Kazan Arena, [...]

Denver councilman urges city to consider ‘drones’ over helicopter

Denver councilman urges city to consider ‘drones’ over helicopter

Source: Denver Post, 01-Jul-13

Denver Councilman Chris Nevitt suggested this week that the city look at adding unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, to replace the police helicopter.  See full story Image – Draganfly X-6, a typical UAV used by law enforcement agencies

Oman Police celebrate 6,000 flying hours on AW139 fleet

Oman Police celebrate 6,000 flying hours on AW139 fleet

Source: Muscat Daily, 28-Jun-13

H E Paola Amadei, the Ambassador of Italy to Oman and Marco Aka, president and chief executive officer of international business of AgustaWestland company were also present at the ceremony. see full story . Photo (c) Copyright of, and used with full permission of, Damiano Gualdoni

UK – Western Counties Air Operations Unit celebrates before disbanding next week

UK – Western Counties Air Operations Unit celebrates before disbanding next week

Source: Avon and Somerset Constabulary, 26-Jun-13

Guests gathered at Filton airfield yesterday to celebrate the work of the Western Counties Air Operations Unit (WCAOU). WCAOU is a consortium comprising of Avon and Somerset and Gloucestershire Constabularies; delivering police air support to their respective communities. WCAOU will disband on 3rd July 2013 when it joins the National Police Air Service (NPAS). This [...]

Helinet Technologies Deploys HD Aerial Downlink System for Hawthorne Police

Helinet Technologies Deploys HD Aerial Downlink System for Hawthorne Police

Source: Helinet Technologies, 25-Jun-13

Helinet Technologies, an international provider of aviation technology solutions to the law enforcement, government and military markets, announced today the deployment of an integrated video downlink solution for the Hawthorne Police Department (HPD) in the City Of Hawthorne, California.  The new system enables HPD to transmit live, HD images from the Department’s MD 500E helicopter to multiple, ground-based [...]

25-Jun-12 N34CT MD Helicopters MD500E Eloy, US-Arizona

25-Jun-13

Emergecny landing after reportedly losing power.  Boom separate from cabin, which ended up on its side.  3 POB to hospital

Michigan State Police expand patrol area

Michigan State Police expand patrol area

13-Jun-13

The Michigan State Police will begin using helicopters to patrol the Muskegon area beginning sometime this week. (see full story)

Pasadena Police hold heliport open house Saturday, June 29

Pasadena Police hold heliport open house Saturday, June 29

Source: Altadenablog, 12-Jun-13

The Pasadena Police Department Air Operations will hold its annual open house at the Altadena heliport on Saturday, June 29, from 11 AM-2 PM. (See Full Story)

Maricopa County Sheriff chooses FlightSafety for B407 training

Maricopa County Sheriff chooses FlightSafety for B407 training

Source: FlightSafety International, 11-Jun-13

FlightSafety is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Division, based in Phoenix, Arizona, to provide training for the Bell 407 helicopter at its Learning Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. “The selection of FlightSafety’s Bell 407 training program by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, is a clear demonstration [...]