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Wichita Police helicopter could be grounded to pay for body cameras

Wichita Police helicopter could be grounded to pay for body cameras

The Wichita Police Department has a plan to purchase more than 400 body cameras; one for every officer. Now, it has to come up with a way to pay for them all. One proposal includes using money seized through drug busts and grounding its helicopter for one year. See Full Story

Source: KSN, 05-Dec-14

Helibras presents models in public safety symposium

Helibras presents models in public safety symposium

[electronic translation] Helibras participated in Porto de Galinhas (PE), the Seventh National Symposium on Ordnance Office of the Military Police, which brings together police, scholars, federal institutions, suppliers and the Brazilian Army to discuss the improvement and adjustment of the war needs of security corporations in the country. During the event, Mauro Ayres, Helibras sales… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 05-Dec-14

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Is MD Explorer to be retired from UK Police service?

Is MD Explorer to be retired from UK Police service?

In the latest issue of Police Aviation News, editor Bryn Elliott floats the idea that the MD Explorer may have a limited time span in service with the UK’s National Police Air Service. In an article focusing on NPAS’ plan to acquire 3 to 6 fixed wing aircraft, Elliott notes that NPAS have six active… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Dec-14

Oklahoma City Police put two new AS350B3e AStars into service

Oklahoma City Police put two new AS350B3e AStars into service

The Oklahoma City Police Department’s Aviation Unit has put two new Airbus Helicopters AS350B3e AStar helicopters into service as part of a fleet upgrade plan. The new helicopters, delivered by Airbus Helicopters Inc., of Grand Prairie, Texas include technological and equipment upgrades that will enable the department to significantly improve its airborne law enforcementand public… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 02-Dec-14

NSW Police launches new Bell 412EPI as “Polair 5″

NSW Police launches new Bell 412EPI as “Polair 5″

The NSW Police Force has launched two new state-of-the-art additions to the Aviation Support Branch, PolAir 5 and PolAir 7. NSW Police Force Commissioner Andrew Scipione, unveiled the new aircraft at the Aviation Support Branch at Bankstown Airport today (Sunday 30 November 2014). The Commissioner was joined by the Governor of NSW, His Excellency General… Read more »

Source: NSW Police Force, 01-Dec-14

Airways Aviation Awarded Royal Oman Police Force Contract

Airways Aviation Awarded Royal Oman Police Force Contract

Airways Aviation has announced that it is the successful bidder and awarded a new contract to train pilots for the Royal Oman Police Force. Airways Aviation has been training the Royal Oman Police Force aeroplane and helicopter pilots from zero experience through to full commercially rated pilots at both VFR and IFR levels for a… Read more »

Source: Airways Aviation, 01-Dec-14

Argentina – Santa Fe Provincial Police pick A800 Trakkabeam for Bell 206

Argentina – Santa Fe Provincial Police pick A800 Trakkabeam for Bell 206

Trakka Corp Pty Ltd is pleased to announce the Trakka A800 Tactical Helicopter Searchlight is being used to assist aviation assets in their performance of missions for the Government of Santa Fe Province, Argentina. The Trakka A800 searchlight’s advanced optics technology provides superior performance and flexibility expanding the Bell Jet Ranger’s mission capabilities. Due to… Read more »

Source: Trakka Corp, 26-Nov-14

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office gets new helicopter to aid searches

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office gets new helicopter to aid searches

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office now has eyes in the sky — and they come free to local taxpayers. See Full Story File photo

Source: Islandpacket, 24-Nov-14

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Rescue helicopters go high-tech thanks to partnership

Rescue helicopters go high-tech thanks to partnership

Queensland families will be safer in emergencies and rescue helicopters will respond quicker, following a partnership with Rio Tinto that includes a new operations centre with state-of-the-art interactive technology. The Queensland Government Air Operations Centre and new ‘Cruiser Interactive’ technology were unveiled by Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey and Rio Tinto… Read more »

Source: Queensland, 21-Nov-14

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Edmonton police compromise on $3M helicopter

Edmonton police compromise on $3M helicopter

Police have asked city council for $7.2 million to buy a twin-engined helicopter to replace one of two single-engined helicopters currently operated by police. The second would theoretically be replaced in 2019. See Full Story

Source: Edmonton Journal, 21-Nov-14

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UK – 40 pilot whales herded by police helicopter

UK – 40 pilot whales herded by police helicopter

A police helicopter was used to herd a pod of 40 whales away from shallow waters off the Essex coast. See Full Story

Source: BBC, 21-Nov-14

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Bell delivers last of six 407GXs to Pennsylvania State Police

Bell delivers last of six 407GXs to Pennsylvania State Police

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the final delivery of the sixth Bell 407GX to the Pennsylvania (PA) State Police. Announced earlier this year, this marked the 200th purchase agreement made for the Bell 407GX in North America. “Working with the team at Bell Helicopter to secure our new aircraft has… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-Nov-14

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Costa Rica Police looking for drug-running helicopter with false Red Cross titles

Costa Rica Police looking for drug-running helicopter with false Red Cross titles

The Air Surveillance Service of the Ministry of Public Security on Tuesday followed a helicopter illegally carrying the emblems of the Red Cross and escaped to the southern Caribbean. The aircraft was seen near Siquirres area where police seized 310 kilos of cocaine. See Full Story

20-Nov-14

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Burbank and Glendale Police Joint Air Support Unit Welcomes New MD520N

Burbank and Glendale Police Joint Air Support Unit Welcomes New MD520N

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) today announced the formal delivery of a new MD 520N helicopter to the Burbank and Glendale Police Joint Air Support Unit located in the state of California. With this delivery, Burbank and Glendale will own four (4) MD 520N helicopters. Joining the MDHI team at the Company’s Mesa, Arizona headquarters were… Read more »

Source: MD, 20-Nov-14

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Bond chooses Britannia 2000 CAMC for NPAS EC135s

Bond chooses Britannia 2000 CAMC for NPAS EC135s

We are pleased to announce that B2K has been selected and contracted by Bond Helicopters Europe for the supply of the Compact Airborne Mission Computer (CAMC) for the National Police Air Service (NPAS) mission system upgrade programme. The CAMC is designed for civil and military applications on rotary and fixed-wing platforms, providing a variety of… Read more »

Source: Britannia 2000, 17-Nov-14

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Peru’s National Police receives fifth EC145

Peru’s National Police receives fifth EC145

Peru’s Ministry of the Interior has now added the final EC145 helicopter to the modernized fleet of the National Police of Peru (PNP). The formal handover at the Police Aviation Unit facilities in El Callao was attended by both Peruvian and French officials, including Peru’s interior minister Daniel Urresti and Daniel Leimbacher, chief of the… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 14-Nov-14

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HAI on Road at ALEA Safety Seminar

HAI on Road at ALEA Safety Seminar

Stan Rose, HAI director of safety outreach, was in Corpus Christi, Texas, at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Central Region Safety Seminar, November 4–6. Ryan Miller, ALEA Central Region director, was assisted by the host agency, Texas Department of Public Safety – gracious hosts who put on an exceptional event. In the opening remarks,… Read more »

Source: HAI, 10-Nov-14

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LAPD is reviewing use of helicopters for non-department events

LAPD is reviewing use of helicopters for non-department events

The Los Angeles Police Department helicopter climbed over a ridge of homes surrounding the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club’s golf course and dipped down over a fairway, its blades churning as it hovered above the grass. See Full Story

Source: LA Times, 10-Nov-14

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Families of Atlanta Police officers killed in 2012 crash file lawsuits

Families of Atlanta Police officers killed in 2012 crash file lawsuits

The family members and estates of two Atlanta police officers killed two years ago this week when a department helicopter they were flying crashed into power lines along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive have filed lawsuits against several companies involved in the manufacture and maintenance of the aircraft. See Full Story

Source: AJC, 07-Nov-14

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Delaware State Police takes delivery of two Bell 429s

Delaware State Police takes delivery of two Bell 429s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery of two Bell 429s configured for Helicopter Emergency Services (HEMS), Search and Rescue (SAR) and Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE) to the Delaware State Police aviation section. The milestone aircraft will join the Delaware State Police’s current fleet of Bell helicopters and be used… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Nov-14

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Ferguson no-fly zone not used to restrict media, says police chief

Ferguson no-fly zone not used to restrict media, says police chief

The St Louis county police chief, Jon Belmar, has firmly denied his department asked for a no-fly zone to restrict media access during the unrest that roiled Ferguson’s streets in August. See Full Story

Source: The Guardian, 05-Nov-14

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Kiowas find new law enforcement life in Florida after National Guard retirement

Kiowas find new law enforcement life in Florida after National Guard retirement

One of the Army’s oldest and most reliable helicopters is leaving the Florida National Guard. For more than four decades the OH-58 Kiowa reconnaissance helicopters buzzed through the skies over Florida, but due to National Guard divestiture of the airframe it will see its final flight as a military aircraft on Oct. 31. Thanks to… Read more »

Source: US Army, 29-Oct-14

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Bell to Showcase the Latest in Law Enforcement at IACP

Bell to Showcase the Latest in Law Enforcement at IACP

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), will showcase the newest product on its commercial line, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger XTM in parapublic configuration at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in Orlando from October 25-28 in booth #1958. “The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X offers a highly configurable cabin with… Read more »

Source: Bell, 27-Oct-14

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Zanzibar needs its own police helicopter

Zanzibar needs its own police helicopter

Zanzibar house of representatives was informed on Friday that Tanzania’s Police Force has only two helicopters covering both the mainland and the isles, but backbencher, Mr Saleh Nassor Juma (CUF-wawi) wants one of the helicopters to be stationed on the isles. See Full Story

Source: DailyNews, 27-Oct-14

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Exelis adds night capability to CorvusEye™ wide area airborne surveillance system

Exelis adds night capability to CorvusEye™ wide area airborne surveillance system

A new Exelis (NYSE: XLS) CorvusEye 1500 visible color and infrared (IR) sensor provides day and nighttime wide area airborne surveillance coverage to support the military, law enforcement, border patrol and first responders. Developed to complement the daytime electro-optical sensor Exelis released in May, the sensors are available as an integrated end-to-end system or separately. The new… Read more »

Source: Exelis, 21-Oct-14

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Trakkabeam A800 searchlight picked for Pennsylvania Police Bell 407GXs

Trakkabeam A800 searchlight picked for Pennsylvania Police Bell 407GXs

Trakka Corp Pty Ltd is pleased to announce the Pennsylvania State Police have selected the Trakka A800 Tactical Helicopter Searchlight for the department’s six recently purchased Bell 407GX patrol helicopters. “We are pleased that the Pennsylvania State Police selected the Trakka A800 tactical searchlight to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania,” said David Cady, US Sales… Read more »

Source: Trakka, 13-Oct-14

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BAE Systems to find new home for Police and EMS helicopters

BAE Systems to find new home for Police and EMS helicopters

A PLEDGE has been given by the owners of Filton Airfield to help find a new home for both the police helicopter and Great Western Air Ambulance. See Full Story

Source: Bristol Post, 10-Oct-14

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CarteNav to provide intuitive AIMS mission system software for UK National Police Air Service

CarteNav to provide intuitive AIMS mission system software for UK National Police Air Service

CarteNav Solutions Inc., (http://www.cartenav.com) the maker of AIMS-ISR®, has been selected to provide the mission software for a third of the UK National Police Air Service (NPAS) EC-135 helicopter fleet. Bond Helicopters Europe, part of the Avincis Group, recently won a multi-million pound contract to design, integrate, certify, and install a next-generation mission system into… Read more »

Source: CarteNav, 09-Oct-14

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Profile – Gwinnett Police Dept aviation

Profile – Gwinnett Police Dept aviation

For nearly 40 years, a different kind of police unit has patrolled Gwinnett County. See Full Story

Source: GDP, 08-Oct-14

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Vector to support Orange County Sheriff AS350 and UH-1H

Vector to support Orange County Sheriff AS350 and UH-1H

Vector Aerospace Corporation (“Vector Aerospace”- www.vectoraerospace.com), one of the world’s leading independent providers of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce the signing of a five (5) year agreement with Orange County Sheriff’s Department to conduct maintenance, repair and overhaul on their AS350 and UH-1H helicopters. “Signing this contract with Orange County… Read more »

Source: Vector, 03-Oct-14

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ARGUS Sponsors PSAAC and Accreditation Standard with PRISM for Law Enforcement

ARGUS Sponsors PSAAC and Accreditation Standard with PRISM for Law Enforcement

ARGUS International, Inc. has entered into a Sponsorship Agreement with the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC), also known has the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. The Agreement recognizes ARGUS’s support of PSAAC as the official accreditation authority for the airborne law enforcement community and PSAAC recognizes ARGUS’ as an official sponsor of the PSAAC‘s… Read more »

Source: ARGUS, 25-Sep-14

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BIS Minister Matthew Hancock MP visits Britain’s Civil Helicopter Hub

BIS Minister Matthew Hancock MP visits Britain’s Civil Helicopter Hub

Minister for Business and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock visited Airbus Helicopters, and toured the company’s advanced aerospace design and maintenance operations. The Minister was briefed on the scale and nature of the company’s operations, including the award of the National Police Air Service (NPAS) support contract. The NPAS contract, worth in the region of £35 million… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-Sep-14

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UK – NPAS take delivery of Emergency Exit Jettison (EEJ) training rig

UK – NPAS take delivery of Emergency Exit Jettison (EEJ) training rig

National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter crews now have a brand new, state of the art training device to put them through their paces. The Emergency Exit Jettison (EEJ) training rig was delivered to the NPAS base at Carr Gate, Wakefield, on Friday 5 September. It simulates the emergency exits of the three aircraft types… Read more »

Source: NPAS, 11-Sep-14

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Airbus Helicopters UK wins 5 year NPAS maintenance contract

Airbus Helicopters UK wins 5 year NPAS maintenance contract

The National Police Air Service (NPAS) has awarded a five-year contract for airworthiness management, maintenance and parts to Airbus Helicopters UK Limited. Covering the 19 Airbus helicopters in the NPAS fleet, the contract starts on Wednesday 1 October. The company will provide 17,100 hours of support every year – or 85,500 hours over the five… Read more »

Source: NPAS, 11-Sep-14

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UK – SAS wins 5 year MD Explorer maintenance contract

UK – SAS wins 5 year MD Explorer maintenance contract

The National Police Air Service (NPAS) has awarded a five-year contract for airworthiness management, maintenance and parts to Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) for the 6 MD Explorer aircraft in the NPAS fleet. Under this agreement which starts on Wednesday 1 October,  SAS will provide 5,400 hours of support per year – or 27,000 hours over… Read more »

Source: NPAS, 11-Sep-14

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Helibras highlights trend towards twin-turbine law enforcement helicopters

Helibras highlights trend towards twin-turbine law enforcement helicopters

[electronic translation] The public safety market is showing a new demand for helicopters over the years.Especially for corporations that already have aircraft, but want to renew the fleet or raising the power of its air services has been growing demand for dual-impeller multimission helicopters for security, police and medical transportation activities in Brazil. This trend… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 09-Sep-14

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California Highway Patrol Selects PRISM Safety Management System

California Highway Patrol Selects PRISM Safety Management System

Professional Resources In System Management, LLC (PRISM) is pleased to welcome the California Highway Patrol to the PRISM Safety Management System (SMS) program. The California Highway Patrol has signed a three-year contract with PRISM at the SMS Professional level. The PRISM Professional package includes access to its acclaimed Aviation Risk Management Online Resource (ARMOR). A… Read more »

Source: ARGUS, 05-Sep-14

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Las Vegas police officer linked to air unit audit abruptly retires

Las Vegas police officer linked to air unit audit abruptly retires

The Las Vegas police officer who accused his bosses of burying his scathing audit of Metro’s aviation unit has abruptly retired. See Full Story

Source: RJ, 01-Sep-14

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More police departments considering the use of drones

More police departments considering the use of drones

Law enforcement agencies in the Baltimore area and across the country are researching drones, intrigued by their potential for high-risk tactical raids and gathering intelligence. See Full Story

Source: Baltimore Sun, 28-Aug-14

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Mississippi DPS selects Cloud Cap Technology TASE 400HD for AS350B3e

Mississippi DPS selects Cloud Cap Technology TASE 400HD for AS350B3e

UTC Aerospace Systems has installed a Cloud Cap Technology TASE 400HD airborne imaging system on a new Airbus Helicopters Inc. AS350b3e helicopter, operated by the  Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Air Operations.  UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. UTX, +1.06% The installation of the Cloud Cap Technology TASE 400HD… Read more »

Source: UTC, 21-Aug-14

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Spokane Sheriff expanding Air 1 program

Spokane Sheriff expanding Air 1 program

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is taking ownership of two more helicopters to add to its Air 1 program courtesy of the U.S. Army.         See Full Story

Source: KXLY, 21-Aug-14

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NYPD picks A800 Trakkabeam Tactical Searchlight for 429s

NYPD picks A800 Trakkabeam Tactical Searchlight for 429s

Trakka Corp Pty Ltd is pleased to announce the New York Police Department (NYPD), together with Helinet Technologies, has selected the A800 Trakkabeam Tactical Helicopter Searchlight for the department’s four recently-purchased Bell 429 patrol helicopters. The Trakka A800 searchlight’s advanced optics technology provides superior performance and flexibility complimenting the custom airborne mission suite supplied by… Read more »

Source: T|rakka, 15-Aug-14

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MD500E approved for South Carolina Law Enforcement Division

MD500E approved for South Carolina Law Enforcement Division

South Carolina’s law enforcement agency is asking permission to buy a new two-passenger helicopter that can assist with state and local investigations. “See Full Story“

Source: The State, 08-Aug-14

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Thommen HSL-1600 Searchlight Chosen for Tulsa Police Department AS350 B2 Helicopters

Thommen HSL-1600 Searchlight Chosen for Tulsa Police Department AS350 B2 Helicopters

Revue Thommen AG, of Switzerland, has announced that its HSL-1600 Helicopter Searchlight was selected by the Tulsa, Okla. Police Department Aviation Unit for its new fleet of AS350 B2 helicopters. Aircraft completion and searchlight system installation was carried out at Metro Aviation, with an in-service date of July 28, 2014. Thommen’s HSL-1600 Searchlight system selection… Read more »

Source: Revue Thommen, 08-Aug-14

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Maryland State Police Takes Delivery of 10th AW139

Maryland State Police Takes Delivery of 10th AW139

AgustaWestland has delivered to Maryland State Police the 10th AW139 to be used for the state’s emergency medical, search and rescue, law enforcement and homeland security missions. All 10 of the aircraft ordered have been fully built and delivered from the company’s Philadelphia assembly line, with continued technical support provided by the Philadelphia-based Customer Support… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 06-Aug-14

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Kenyan police to lease five helicopters

Kenyan police to lease five helicopters

The Kenyan government has invited bids for the provision of five helicopters for the Kenya Police on a lease basis as it battles increasing violence in the coastal areas around the city of Mombasa.  See full story

Source: DefenceWeb, 05-Aug-14

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South Carolina Law Enforcement Division requests an MD500E

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division requests an MD500E

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (or SLED as it’s known locally) has put in a request for a new MD500E.  As explained in the agenda for yesterday’s meeting released very recently, SLED currently operates a 1964 UH-1H, a 1968 OH-6A and two MD500Es from 1987 and 1989.  Their aim in buying a new aircraft is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Aug-14

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Night Vision Award Winners Honored at ALEA

Night Vision Award Winners Honored at ALEA

The Night Vision Awards were presented at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s (ALEA) Annual Trade Show and Convention in Phoenix, Ariz. at the Phoenix Convention Center July 17 honoring six units. “The Night Vision Awards are something we look forward to every year,” said Co-Sponsor Aviation Specialties Unlimited Marketing Director, Alisha Allen.  “The law enforcement… Read more »

Source: Night Vision Awards, 28-Jul-14

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Polk County Florida Sheriff takes delivery of second MD500E

Polk County Florida Sheriff takes delivery of second MD500E

MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI), a Lynn Tilton company and leading manufacturer of commercial, air-rescue, military and law enforcement helicopters, held a ceremonial delivery of a new MD 500E helicopter for the Polk County Florida Sheriff’s Office (PCSO). The acceptance took place at the MD Helicopters booth, where the aircraft was proudly displayed at the Airborne… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 24-Jul-14

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Edmonton Police seek $22M for twin turbine helicopters and new heliport

Edmonton Police seek $22M for twin turbine helicopters and new heliport

Edmonton Police are to put a budget request in for twin turbine helicopters and a new heliport closer to the centre of town  – one $7M helicopter this autumn and a second in 2019.  see full story  They currently operate two EC120s bought in 2001 and 2009

Source: Edmonton Journal, 23-Jul-14

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San Diego County Sheriff’s Office selects Bell 407GX

San Diego County Sheriff’s Office selects Bell 407GX

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced that, pending successful final negotiations, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department intends to award a contract for a Bell 407GX. The aircraft will be used for parapublic missions, including: search and rescue, fire suppression, and law enforcement air support to public safety agencies throughout San Diego… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-Jul-14

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Advanced Helicopter Services to maintain Sacramento OH-58s

Advanced Helicopter Services to maintain Sacramento OH-58s

Advanced Helicopter Services (AHS) has announced a service agreement to provide helicopter maintenance services for the City of Sacramento, California.  AHS will support the Sacramento fleet of three Bell OH-58A helicopters by providing dynamic component inspection, maintenance and overhaul services.  AHS will provide the services from their comprehensive helicopter service center located at the Watts-Woodlands… Read more »

Source: Yes Communications, 18-Jul-14

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Airbus Helicopters Inc partners with Precision Aviation Services and Government Capital Corp

Airbus Helicopters Inc partners with Precision Aviation Services and Government Capital Corp

Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) has partnered with Precision Aviation Services and Government Capital Corp. to provide tax-exempt financing for mission equipment technology upgrades and required major maintenance for law enforcement and government-owned AS350-series helicopters. Precision Aviation Services, of Peachtree City, Ga., AHI’s newest service center, will work with AHI and Government Capital to provide aircraft… Read more »

Source: Precision Aviation Services, 18-Jul-14

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Metro Aviation features Texas DPS completion at ALEA event

Metro Aviation features Texas DPS completion at ALEA event

Metro Aviation is a trusted partner for airborne law enforcement units, completing aircraft for some of the country’s most notable agencies. The worldwide completion leader will be exhibiting at this year’s Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) conference and exposition at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ from July 16-19. Metro will feature an AS350… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 18-Jul-14

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San Antonio Police add two EC120s into service, becoming all-Airbus fleet

San Antonio Police add two EC120s into service, becoming all-Airbus fleet

Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) is pleased to announce that the San Antonio Police Department has placed two new EC120’s into service, giving them an all-Airbus Helicopters helicopter fleet for patrol and search-and-rescue missions. Deployment the new EC120’s marks the beginning of a fleet upgrade project that will likely result in the purchase of at least… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 17-Jul-14

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Western Helicopters Moves Ahead with New Facility, Training, and Fleet

Western Helicopters Moves Ahead with New Facility, Training, and Fleet

A new facility, more instructors and aircraft, and new AS350 training course are the first in a series of improvements and expanded offerings at Western Helicopters Inc., a helicopter service and specialty training provider. In addition to its recent move from Rialto to the Riverside, Calif., Municipal Airport, Western Helicopters now has access to eight… Read more »

Source: Western Helicopters, 16-Jul-14

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Strong demand for L-3 Wescam sensors in Airborne Law Enforcement market

Strong demand for L-3 Wescam sensors in Airborne Law Enforcement market

L-3 WESCAM announced today that the demand for its MX™-10 and MX™-15 [pictured] electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) systems within the Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE) market continues to grow in support of critical surveillance missions worldwide, with recent sales to customers in Algeria, Australia, Canada, Korea and the United States, including Puerto Rico. The two systems… Read more »

Source: L-3, 15-Jul-14

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Airbus feature new Oklahoma AS350B3e at ALEA conference

Airbus feature new Oklahoma AS350B3e at ALEA conference

Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI) will feature the recently-delivered Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) AS350B3e helicopter at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association Annual Conference in Phoenix, July 16-19 at Booth 811. The Oklahoma DPS AStar features an advanced avionics and mission equipment suite, including the Garmin G500H electronic flight information system, Wescam MX10 thermal imager,… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 15-Jul-14

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New York State Police consolidate air unit bases

New York State Police consolidate air unit bases

The Post-Standard news outlet, based in the city of Syracuse in New York State, is reporting that the State Police will consolidate their aviation operations as early as this Wednesday.  Units in Syracuse and Batavia will be moved to Rochester, leaving the other two bases at Albany and Saranac Lake untouched – coincidentally the only… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Jul-14

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Uganda orders GrandNew and W-3A Sokol for Law Enforcement

Uganda orders GrandNew and W-3A Sokol for Law Enforcement

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Uganda has placed an order for a GrandNew light twin and one W-3A Sokol intermediate twin engine helicopter. These aircraft, which are to be delivered in 2015, will be operated by the Uganda Police to perform law enforcement missions across the nation. The… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 14-Jul-14

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Swedish National Police order seven Bell 429s

Swedish National Police order seven Bell 429s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Company (NYSE: TXT) announced a signed purchase agreement with the Swedish National Police for seven Bell 429 helicopters. The aircraft will be used for police operations including, surveillance, reconnaissance, maintaining public order, aerial photography, aid in rescue missions and police transportation. The Swedish National Police were the first and only helicopter… Read more »

Source: Bell, 14-Jul-14

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Airbus Helicopters Inc. announces new financing plans for government owned AS350s

Airbus Helicopters Inc. announces new financing plans for government owned AS350s

Airbus HelicoptersInc. (AHI) is pleased to announce that Government Capital Corp. will provide tax-exempt financing for mission equipment technology upgrades and required major maintenance for law enforcement and government-owned AS350-series helicopters. Government Capital, based in Southlake, Texas, has extensive experience providing financing to public agencies. In addition, Precision Aviation Services, of Peachtree City, Ga., AHI’s… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Jul-14

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ASU Unveils New White Phosphor Goggles at ALEA Annual Convention

ASU Unveils New White Phosphor Goggles at ALEA Annual Convention

Aviation Specialties Unlimited Inc. (ASU) announced that the company will unveil their new white phosphor night vision goggles (NVG) at the Airborne Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) annual convention in Phoenix and will be demonstrating them at booth 641. “The new white phosphor night vision goggle is the first technological breakthrough in aviation goggles since the… Read more »

Source: ASU, 14-Jul-14

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Fourth EC135 delivered to Massachusetts State Police

Fourth EC135 delivered to Massachusetts State Police

Airbus Helicopters Inc.(AHI) has delivered a fourth EC135T2+ twin engine helicopter to the Massachusetts State Police, further demonstrating the company’s strong leadership position in the U.S. law enforcement helicopter market for both single engine and twine engine aircraft. Massachusetts State Police selected the EC135 in 2009as the replacement aircraft for their existing fleet of Airbus… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 11-Jul-14

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2 Arrested After Drone Flies Close to NYPD helicopter

2 Arrested After Drone Flies Close to NYPD helicopter

Two men were arrested after a small drone flying near the George Washington Bridge came within 800 feet of a police helicopter, officials said on Tuesday.  See full story File photo

Source: NY Times, 10-Jul-14

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M International group companies to display at ALEA 2014 Conference

M International’s Keystone Turbine Services, LLC (KTS), Airborne Engines Ltd (AEL) and MINT Turbines, LLC (MINT) will be exhibiting at booth #126 from July 16th to the 19th during the 2014 Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s (ALEA) 44th Annual Conference and Exposition taking place at the Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. All companies will have representatives… Read more »

Source: M International, 07-Jul-14

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Brazil – Helibrás delivers three AS350B2s to the State of Pará

Brazil – Helibrás delivers three AS350B2s to the State of Pará

[electronic translation] Helibras delivered three AS350 B2 Squirrel aircraft to Air Grouping of Public Safety (Graesp) Pará State in a ceremony held on this day 1, the Hangar Convention Center Amazon in Belém (PA). The event was attended by Governor Janet Simon, Secretary of the Security Luiz Fernandes Rocha and public authorities of Pará, in addition… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 07-Jul-14

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New Brisbane police helicopter unveiled

New Brisbane police helicopter unveiled

Brisbane now has its own police helicopter, with Queensland Police unveiling its new eye in the sky.  See full story

01-Jul-14

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UK National Police Air Service update

UK National Police Air Service update

Brand new state-of-the-art camera and mission system equipment is being installed across a third of the National Police Air Service Fleet. The new equipment integrates a new high end camera with mission planning and mapping systems while retaining existing airframes with plenty of service life left. This enhancement will allow these aircraft to continue to… Read more »

Source: NPAS, 01-Jul-14

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Philadelphia Police add AS350B2

Philadelphia Police add AS350B2

The Philadelphia Police Department has taken delivery of the first of two new Airbus Helicopters AS350B2 AStar helicopters, becoming the latest in a long and growing list of U.S. law enforcement agencies to utilize this high performance aircraft produced by Airbus Helicopters Inc. (AHI). “We’re very happy with the completion of our first helicopter,” said… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 27-Jun-14

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Courageous trio from Victoria Police Airwing honoured

Courageous trio from Victoria Police Airwing honoured

Three Airwing officers will receive commendations for courage following a daring mid-air rescue in Bass Strait last year. The trio, Constable Peter Dillon and Leading Senior Constables Mark Weekley and Bradley Pascoe, responded to a mayday call from a stricken Russian yacht stuck in stormy seas on 19 April. A 47-year-old Russian sailor was en… Read more »

Source: Victoria Police, 24-Jun-14

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AVI Delivers 10.6″ Display and Quad Processor for Virginia State Police Bell 407 Upgrade

AVI Delivers 10.6″ Display and Quad Processor for Virginia State Police Bell 407 Upgrade

Applied Video Imaging, a provider of rugged video products for airborne, ground, and marine surveillance missions, delivered its new rugged D1000 series display and its new Q0101 rugged Quad Video Processor for the Virginia State Police Bell 407 upgrade.  The rugged HD display will be cockpit-mounted in portrait mode allowing single, dual, or tri image… Read more »

Source: Applied Video Imaging, 19-Jun-14

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North Carolina State Highway Patrol disposes of three OH-58s

North Carolina State Highway Patrol disposes of three OH-58s

The following OH-58s are currently on the GSA Auction site for sale as “scrap metal”. The photos show two of them as mostly complete fuselages with skids, wire strike system and all windows etc. The third is the shell of the cabin.  All three are for disposal ex Raleigh, North Carolina and have been with… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 18-Jun-14

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Mississippi Department of Public Safety takes delivery of AS350B3e

Mississippi Department of Public Safety takes delivery of AS350B3e

Captain Ron Kelly of the Mississippi Highway Patrol Air Wing accepted delivery Tuesday of an Airbus Helicopters Inc.AS350 B3eAStar produced for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS).  The new law enforcement-equipped helicopter is a Mississippi-built product. Kelly, commander of the Highway Patrol Air Wing, said the AS350 B3e was clearly the best aircraft for… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 18-Jun-14

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Russian Emergencies Ministry adds Ka32 at Crimean port of Sevastopol

Russian Emergencies Ministry adds Ka32 at Crimean port of Sevastopol

[Electronic translation] Helicopter KA-32 Russian Emergencies Ministry entered service Sevastopol garrison and successfully passes the first “battle” of the test. Sevastopol Russian Emergencies Ministry specialists have developed a plan of prevention and liquidation of emergency situations during the formation of the wildfires in the city of Sevastopol in this year with the use of the Russian… Read more »

Source: MES Севастополе, 16-Jun-14

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