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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CAE to provide UH-60L/M Black Hawk simulator for Mexican Federal Police

CAE to provide UH-60L/M Black Hawk simulator for Mexican Federal Police

CAE today announced it is designing and manufacturing a UH-60 Black Hawk full-mission simulator to be used by the Mexican Federal Police. ACADEMI, a security services company and prime contractor, awarded CAE USA a subcontract in late September 2013. ACADEMI was contracted by the United States Department of Defense Counter Narcoterrorism Program Office (CNTPO) to… Read more »

Source: CAE, 05-Mar-14

Argentine Federal Police take delivery of new EC135 and EC145

Argentine Federal Police take delivery of new EC135 and EC145

In the last few weeks, the Argentine Federal Police have taken delivery of two new helicopters from Airbus Helicopters production plant in Germany. As usual, the two-tone blue aircraft carry large tactical codes as well as much smaller ATC registrations on the tail. The new aircraft are the first acquisitions for two and a half… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 05-Mar-14

Airbus Helicopters Japan delivers two EC135P2+ to Police units

Airbus Helicopters Japan delivers two EC135P2+ to Police units

[electronic translation] Airbus Helicopters Japan Co., Ltd. was delivered two aircraft the Airbus EC135P2 + Helicopters made ​​helicopters to the National Police Agency. After delivery to the National Police Agency, these aircraft were delivered to each of the Fukuoka Prefectural Police and Osaka prefectural police. In the future, will be deployed as a successor to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 28-Feb-14

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department orders Bell 407GX

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department orders Bell 407GX

The Bell 407GX the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department wants to add to its aerial fleet could also support local fire departments with fire suppression efforts.  See full story

Source: Ramona Patch, 27-Feb-14

Angola Police to have new Luanda helicopter base

Angola Police to have new Luanda helicopter base

Angola Police are looking to create a new self-contained base (subject to budget) away from Luanda’s international airport – see full story

Source: Angop, 27-Feb-14

India – Border Security Force to receive two Mi-17V5

India – Border Security Force to receive two Mi-17V5

BSF chief Subhash Joshi is reported to have said that the two helicopters are due for delivery around September 2014  See full story

Source: ZeeNews, 26-Feb-14

Mississippi DPS purchases AS350B3e to consolidate helicopter fleet

Mississippi DPS purchases AS350B3e to consolidate helicopter fleet

After operating a fleet of three different helicopters for more than a decade, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety decided to consolidate by buying an AS350B3e AStar from Airbus Helicopters Inc. The AS350B3e was chosen over the competition as the aircraft best suited for multiple missions, including patrol, drug eradication and hurricane support. Mississippi DPS… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Feb-14

AS350 is helicopter of choice for Oklahoma police agencies

AS350 is helicopter of choice for Oklahoma police agencies

Airbus Helicopters Inc. announced that the police departments of Oklahoma City and Tulsa have purchased AS350-series helicopters to upgrade their fleets, increasing to three the number of major Oklahoma law enforcement agencies operating Airbus Helicopters products. The Oklahoma City Police Department ordered two AS350B3e helicopters to replace their current fleet of patrol helicopters and to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Feb-14

Alaska Department of Public Safety places second AS350B3e into service

Alaska Department of Public Safety places second AS350B3e into service

The Alaska Department of Public Safety has taken delivery of its second Airbus Helicopters AS35B3e and placed it in service to support operations of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers and State Troopers. DPS purchased the new AS50B3e in order to be able to expand operations from its Anchorage headquarters to Fairbanks, more than 350 miles to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Feb-14

LA County Sheriff contracts for Belfort AWOS

LA County Sheriff contracts for Belfort AWOS

Belfort Instrument Company, one of the country’s oldest meteorological sensor and meteorological system manufactures, is in the process of obtaining a purchase order from the LA County Sheriff’s Department, Aero Bureau for a Belfort AWOS AV in support of their aviation department. The Belfort Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS AV) will provide the LA county… Read more »

Source: Belfort, 25-Feb-14

LAPD pick Helinet Technologies to upgrade microwave downlink across fleet

LAPD pick Helinet Technologies to upgrade microwave downlink across fleet

Helinet Technologies, an international provider of aviation technology solutions to the law enforcement, government and military markets, announced today its selection by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to develop and support a technology upgrade of the microwave downlink system utilized by the department’s Air Support Division (ASD).  The existing downlink, which was also developed… Read more »

Source: Helinet, 25-Feb-14

PSAAC and ALEA Presidents to present plaque and certificate

PSAAC and ALEA Presidents to present plaque and certificate

Please join the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC) and the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) at HAI HELI-EXPO 2014 for a special Accreditation Awards ceremony and media event honoring the latest law enforcement agency to successfully complete the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Process. The Presidents of both PSAAC and ALEA will present an Accreditation… Read more »

Source: ALEA, 23-Feb-14

Kenya Police – No airworthy helicopters out of fleet of eight

Kenya Police – No airworthy helicopters out of fleet of eight

The Kenya Police Air Wing has a total of eight helicopters, but none are currently flying.  Some have been damaged in accidents, others require parts or complete overhauls.  See full story

Source: Daily Nation, 18-Feb-14

Spanish Traffic Dept orders four AS355NP and three EC135

Spanish Traffic Dept orders four AS355NP and three EC135

Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Spanish Traffic Department to supply a total of seven helicopters: four AS355NP Ecureuils and three EC135s, with the latter aircraft to be operated by Spain’s National Police Force. Delivery will begin in 2014 with one EC135 and one AS355NP and will be completed in 2016. Spain’s Traffic… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 17-Feb-14

Bond responds to AAIB Special Bulletin on Glasgow EC135 crash

Bond responds to AAIB Special Bulletin on Glasgow EC135 crash

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has issued its latest Special Bulletin detailing information as part of its ongoing investigation into the accident at the Clutha Vaults, Glasgow on 29 November 2013. The Special Bulletin provides more factual information and an update on the progress of the investigation. The report can be found here: http://www.aaib.gov.uk/publications/special_bulletins/s2_2014___eurocopter_ec135_t2___g_spao.cfm… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 16-Feb-14

Fuel starvation key to Glasgow EC135 investigation, says AAIB

Fuel starvation key to Glasgow EC135 investigation, says AAIB

AAIB have released a new report on the fatal Eurocopter EC135T2+ accident on 29th November 2013 in Glasgow UK.  The summary ends with “In particular, the investigation will seek to determine why a situation arose that led to both the helicopter’s engines flaming out when 76 kg of fuel remained in the fuel tank group,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Feb-14

Burbank signs off joint MD520N purchase for Police

Burbank signs off joint MD520N purchase for Police

Four months after partner city Glendale signed it off, the City of Burbank Council last week confirmed their part of it as well. The proposal to Glendale Council had quoted a total cost of $2,712,980 while the equivalent paperwork from Burbank refers to $2,623,055 – for completeness, these figures need 9% sales tax added.   The quoted figure… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Feb-14

Maryland Senator questions State Police AW139 rollout

Maryland Senator questions State Police AW139 rollout

State Senator John Astle says he wants more details about a spate of recent emergency repairs on the older Dauphin helicopters and the apparent slower-than-planned roll-out of the new AW-139s.  See full story

Source: Fox 45, 04-Feb-14

New York Police orders four Bell 429s

New York Police orders four Bell 429s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today a signed agreement with the New York Police Department for four Bell 429 helicopters. The aircraft will be used for airborne law enforcement patrol, serving the citizens of New York City and surrounding jurisdictions. The NYPD currently has three Bell 412EPs in service for a… Read more »

Source: Bell, 02-Feb-14

Clutha lawyers call for UK public enquiry into helicopter safety

Clutha lawyers call for UK public enquiry into helicopter safety

Specialist aviation lawyers representing a growing number of victims of the Clutha tragedy in Glasgow have written to Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin, urging him to launch a public inquiry into commercial helicopter safety in the UK and review the laws that exempt helicopters from having to carry crucial black box equipment. In… Read more »

Source: Irwin Mitchell, 30-Jan-14

India needs more helicopters, says HAL boss

India needs more helicopters, says HAL boss

India needs more helicopters compared to West and China as these wonder machines have proved their mettle in variety of uses by Armed Forces in general, during natural calamities and internal security threats, said Dr. R.K. Tyagi, Chairman, HAL. Pointing out that these machines ensure better governance but the country has far less copters compared… Read more »

Source: HAL, 23-Jan-14

Enterprise Control Systems secures Norwegian Handyview contract

Enterprise Control Systems secures Norwegian Handyview contract

Enterprise Control Systems Ltd (ECS) has recently secured a major contract to supply a substantial number of Handyview hand-held, COFDM receivers to the Norwegian Police Air Support Unit. ECS has supplied the Norwegian Police with a digital video capability for their aircraft since 2004 and this contract will further enhance their existing system in delivering… Read more »

Source: ECS, 05-Jan-14

Las Vegas police captain retires over Guns N Roses guitarist flight

Las Vegas police captain retires over Guns N Roses guitarist flight

Capt. David O’Leary, Las Vegas Police’s Financial Crimes Bureau boss, has retired as a captain over a freebie flight became public when Guns N Roses guitarist DJ Ashba posted a photo with  detailed description on Instagram back in August 2013.  See full story Image courtesy of Brand USA

Source: Las Vegas R-J, 02-Jan-14

Edmonton Police move their two EC120s 35km away

Edmonton Police move their two EC120s 35km away

Following the closure of the City Centre Airport last month, Edmonton police are moving their flight operations 35km to Villeneuve Airport for “at least the next three years” — despite the additional 12 minute delay each way to get to the city and a corresponding reduction in on-scene time. The City Centre Airport had been… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-Jan-14

Happy Christmas from the HeliHub.com team

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… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Dec-13

British lawyer seeks black boxes for all passenger-carrying helicopters

British lawyer seeks black boxes for all passenger-carrying helicopters

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… Read more »

Source: Irwin Mitchell, 23-Dec-13

Brazilian State of San Paulo orders AW109SP GrandNew

Brazilian State of San Paulo orders AW109SP GrandNew

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… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 16-Dec-13

Dalian Police receive second Eurocopter EC155

Dalian Police receive second Eurocopter EC155

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… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 16-Dec-13

US Dept Homeland Security selling four MD500Es

US Dept Homeland Security selling four MD500Es

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… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-13

Eurocopter launches law enforcement EC145T2 helicopter with an order for six

Eurocopter launches law enforcement EC145T2 helicopter with an order for six

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… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 12-Dec-13

Italian Police Takes Delivery of its Fifth AW139

Italian Police Takes Delivery of its Fifth AW139

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… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 09-Dec-13

Glasgow EC135 Crash – Blades were not turning at impact

Glasgow EC135 Crash – Blades were not turning at impact

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… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-13

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

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… Read more »

Source: Christie, 09-Dec-13

Bell face second lawsuit over Sept 2010 NYPD Bell 412 accident

Bell face second lawsuit over Sept 2010 NYPD Bell 412 accident

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… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Dec-13

Glasgow EC135 death toll rises to nine

Glasgow EC135 death toll rises to nine

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… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Dec-13

Harford Sheriff gets airborne with helicopter purchase

Harford Sheriff gets airborne with helicopter purchase

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]

Source: Baltimore Sun, 28-Nov-13

Cyprus coordinates AW139 operations

Cyprus coordinates AW139 operations

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… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Nov-13

New South Wales Police signs for Bell 412EPI

New South Wales Police signs for Bell 412EPI

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… Read more »

Source: Bell, 21-Nov-13

Long Beach police get $10,000 fuel donation

Long Beach police get $10,000 fuel donation

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

20-Nov-13

Dubai Police to operate five AW169s

Dubai Police to operate five AW169s

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… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 18-Nov-13

Turkish National Police receive first seven Bell 429s

Turkish National Police receive first seven Bell 429s

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… Read more »

Source: Bell, 12-Nov-13

UK – Police Service of Northern Ireland start using unmanned drones

UK – Police Service of Northern Ireland start using unmanned drones

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

Source: Belfast Telegraph, 08-Nov-13

Peruvian National Police receives first of four EC145

Peruvian National Police receives first of four EC145

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… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 06-Nov-13

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

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

26-Oct-13

Croatian Police receive first Eurocopter EC135

Croatian Police receive first Eurocopter EC135

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… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Oct-13

Bell highlights law enforcement aircraft at IACP 2013

Bell highlights law enforcement aircraft at IACP 2013

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… Read more »

Source: Bell, 22-Oct-13

Philadelphia Police orders two AS350B2

Philadelphia Police orders two AS350B2

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… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 21-Oct-13