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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Profile – London’s Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit

Profile – London’s Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit

The Guardian newspaper does an extensive profile of London’s police helicopter unit – see full story 

16-Jun-14

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2014 Night Vision Awards – final call for entries

2014 Night Vision Awards – final call for entries

The Night Vision Awards selection committee announced today they are now taking nominations for the 2014 Night Vision Awards Show to be held in Phoenix, AZ at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s (ALEA) annual conference. Entries will be accepted until June 30.  The awards will be presented to recipients on Thursday, July 17 at an… Read more »

Source: Night Vision Awards, 16-Jun-14

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Metro delivers law enforcement aircraft to Seminole County

Metro delivers law enforcement aircraft to Seminole County

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Section recently received a new AS350 B3e completed by Metro Aviation. This multi-mission law enforcement aircraft is equipped with a cargo hook for sling work including a Bambi Bucket for fire suppression and a hoist for rescue operations. The AS350 B3e is also equipped with an HD color/low-light camera… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 11-Jun-14

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Oakland Police request funds to double helicopter’s air time

Oakland Police request funds to double helicopter’s air time

Oakland’s Police Department is asking the City Council to set aside $397,000, starting July 1, to double the amount of time – from eight to 16 hours a week  See full story.  Oakland Police fly an MD Helicopters 500E registration N510PD.

Source: SF Gate, 09-Jun-14

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Ventura County Sheriff’s Department testing drones

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department testing drones

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department are testing a Qube drone from Aerovironment See full story

Source: NBC4, 08-Jun-14

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Helibrás offer special support for 55 Army helicopters during World Cup

Helibrás offer special support for 55 Army helicopters during World Cup

[Electronic translation] Helibras, the only helicopter manufacturer in Brazil, will support the full operation of 55 aircraft Helibrás / Airbus Helicopters chosen by the Brazilian Army to fulfill the patrol missions during the FIFA World Cup, which begins in the country on 12 June. Already underway Special support provided by the companies Helibrás / Airbus Helicopters Force,… Read more »

Source: Helibras, 08-Jun-14

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LAPD adds drones and says they’ll be used sparingly

LAPD adds drones and says they’ll be used sparingly

On Friday, the department announced that it had acquired two “unmanned aerial vehicles” as gifts from the Seattle Police Department.  See full story

Source: LA Times, 08-Jun-14

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Bond win UK Police upgrade contract

Bond win UK Police upgrade contract

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, 04-Jun-14

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Canada Certifies Robinson R66 Police Helicopter

Canada Certifies Robinson R66 Police Helicopter

Robinson Helicopter Company received Transport Canada’s certification for the R66 Turbine Police Helicopter. Robinson’s R66 Police model is specially configured for law enforcement and meets the latest FAA crashworthiness regulations. Modestly priced at $1,129,000 USD, the four-place R66 Police helicopter combines R66 power, altitude performance, and payload with the latest in surveillance technology. Turn-key ready,… Read more »

Source: Robinson, 04-Jun-14

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Glasgow EC135 – Lawyers describe Bond compensation offer “wholly inadequate”

Glasgow EC135 – Lawyers describe Bond compensation offer “wholly inadequate”

HeliHub.com editor note – The press release below from Irwin Mitchell is followed by a response from Bond Air Services, requested by the HeliHub.com team Lawyers representing families who lost loved ones in The Clutha helicopter crash six months ago have described the initial offers of compensation from the company responsible for operating the aircraft… Read more »

Source: Irwin Mitchell, 30-May-14

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Soft ice ingested by engine led to January 2012 fatal crash of RCMP AS350B3

Soft ice ingested by engine led to January 2012 fatal crash of RCMP AS350B3

In its investigation report (A12P0008) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that the ingestion of soft ice into the engine led to a complete loss of power and the crash after takeoff of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) helicopter near Cultus Lake, British Columbia. The pilot was fatally injured. On… Read more »

Source: TSB, 29-May-14

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CBP Receives Latest Black Hawk UH-60 “L” Model

CBP Receives Latest Black Hawk UH-60 “L” Model

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine (OAM) recently took delivery of its third operational Sikorsky UH-60L model helicopter as part of a recapitalization effort. CBP is in the process of extending the life of its aircraft by converting select UH-60A model helicopters to the UH-60L model. The helicopter will initially be… Read more »

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 29-May-14

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Cochise County Sheriff’s Office gets helicopter

Cochise County Sheriff’s Office gets helicopter

On lease for one year from Airwest Helicopters, the Bell 406 L4 aircraft will expand law enforcement and emergency response capabilities for both Cochise County Sheriff’s Office and the Sierra Vista Police Department as well.  See full story

Source: Sierra Vista Herald, 28-May-14

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Airbus Helicopters to maintain fleet of 41 EC135s for German Federal Police

Airbus Helicopters to maintain fleet of 41 EC135s for German Federal Police

Berlin, 23 May 2014 – Keeping the German Federal Police’s large fleet of EC135 rotorcraft mission-ready will be the responsibility of Airbus Helicopters based on a long-term maintenance, repair, and overhaul contract (MRO) signed with the NATO Support Agency NSPA at the ILA Berlin Air Show. The NATO Support Agency (NSPA) is NATO’s Integrated Logistics… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 26-May-14

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UK – Durham Tees Valley Airport invests in new NPAS hangar facility

UK – Durham Tees Valley Airport invests in new NPAS hangar facility

Durham Tees Valley Airport, which has been the base for police air support operations across the area for almost 20 years, is now playing a key role in the development of the national service. The airport has invested in the construction of the new purpose-built hangar which is now the new ‘home’ for the national… Read more »

Source: Durham Tees Valley Airport, 16-May-14

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UK – New Exeter base for police and air ambulance helicopters

UK – New Exeter base for police and air ambulance helicopters

Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon Air Ambulance Trust have this week relocated helicopter operations to a new shared airbase at Exeter Airport. The two aircraft have been moved from the former site at Police Headquarters, Middlemoor, following the sale of land for development. The helicopters will be housed at a secure location at the… Read more »

Source: D&CC, 13-May-14

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Puerto Rico Police sell three MD500Es to UK dealer

As part of their fleet upgrade, the Puerto Rico Police retained their Bell 407 (to add to their new Bell helicopters) and disposed of the remainder of the fleet. This entailed selling three MD Helicopters MD500E aircraft, one built in 1985 and the other two from the factory 1992:- N5231G – serial 0120E N127PD –… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-May-14

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Michigan State Police requests budget for a Bell 407

Michigan State Police requests budget for a Bell 407

Michigan State Police have put in a budget proposal to the State Senate for a new Bell 407, with the intention that it would enable them to double the The state budget proposal includes the following:- New Helicopter Purchase $5,178,000. Governor and Senate recommended adding $5.2 million GF/GP for the purchase of a new Bell… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Apr-14

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First female Dallas Police pilot retires

First female Dallas Police pilot retires

Senior Corporal Elizabeth “Libby” Cotner in 1994 became the department’s first and only female helicopter pilot.  See full story

Source: CBS DFW, 24-Apr-14

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Japan – Kagoshima Prefectural Police orders AW139

Japan – Kagoshima Prefectural Police orders AW139

The Japanese National Police Agency has placed an order for one AW139 with local AgustaWestland distributor Mitsui Aerospace. The helicopter is allocated to the Kagoshima Prefectural Police and will replace the Bell 412 they currently fly. The helicopter will be equippe4d with rescue hoist, search light, auxiliary tank, and other police specific items. The avionics… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Apr-14

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Forecast – Homeland Security Market in the US 2014-2018

Forecast – Homeland Security Market in the US 2014-2018

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Homeland Security Market in the US 2014-2018″ report to their offering. The analysts forecast the Homeland Security market in the US to grow at a CAGR of 6.31 percent over the period 2014-2018. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing… Read more »

Source: Research and Markets, 21-Apr-14

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Careflight celebrates five years of training Abu Dhabi Police

Careflight celebrates five years of training Abu Dhabi Police

CareFlight Group Queensland is celebrating half a decade of diligently working away in Abu Dhabi, expanding its internationally recognised safety instruction program through the provision of world-class training to the emirate nation’s Police Force Air Wing. In five years, three CareFlight instructors have spent in excess of 2,000 hours training more than 70 Abu Dhabi… Read more »

Source: CareFlight Group, 08-Apr-14

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NYPD selects Helinet to deploy aerial surveillance system for new 429s

NYPD selects Helinet to deploy aerial surveillance system for new 429s

Helinet Technologies, an international provider of aviation technology solutions to the law enforcement, government and military markets, announced today its selection by the New York Police Department (NYPD) to deploy a custom airborne mission suite for the Department’s four recently acquired Bell 429 Patrol helicopters. Developed from the ground up to meet the specific needs… Read more »

Source: Helinet, 01-Apr-14

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AVI introduces rugged Full HD 3G-SDI 17.3” multifunction dapplied-vi-d1700isplay

AVI introduces rugged Full HD 3G-SDI 17.3” multifunction dapplied-vi-d1700isplay

Applied Video Imaging, a provider of rugged video products for airborne, ground, and marine surveillance missions, introduced its new D1700 series of rugged multifunction displays.  With full 1920×1080 HD resolution, 16.7M colors, high-contrast, and high-brightness, the D1700 series provides impressive image clarity.   The light-weight unit (3.54 Kg,7.8 lbs) has a small footprint of only 419mm… Read more »

Source: Applied Video Imaging, 19-Mar-14

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California man gets 14 years for pointing laser at police helicopter

California man gets 14 years for pointing laser at police helicopter

Sergio Patrick Rodriguez, 26, of Clovis, was accused of pointing a green laser 13 times more powerful than common pointers at a Fresno Police Department helicopter in 2012  See full story

Source: The Republic, 11-Mar-14

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Maryland AW139s flew 136 community outreach missions in 2013

Maryland AW139s flew 136 community outreach missions in 2013

Maryland State Police have disclosed they flew 136 community outreach missions in 2013 amid mounting costs for maintaining dual medevac fleets during a troubled transition to new AW-139 helicopters.  See full story

Source: WBFF Television, 05-Mar-14

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