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HeliHub.com takes a Christmas break

HeliHub.com takes a Christmas break

The team at HeliHub.com would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous 2017. This is the time of the year we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus, and we reflect on what that means to us and how it should direct the lives we live.   We trust many of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Dec-16

UK – Almondsbury Heliport Gets Full Planning Approval

UK – Almondsbury Heliport Gets Full Planning Approval

Plans submitted by the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity for a helicopter base in Almondsbury have been approved. It’s been a long struggle for the campaign, after the local residents argued against it. As reported by Gazette Series, they were concerned over the noise pollution, disturbances due to night flights and the environmental concern of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Dec-16

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Budget Cuts For Pinal County

Budget Cuts For Pinal County

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has had to put one of their three helicopters up for sale in order to pay for operations in the aviation unit. They had a budget cut of $1.8 million in July, making their current operations budget $35.5 million, reports Daily Progress.

Source: HeliHub.com, 09-Dec-16

New Bell 206L4 for Orange County

New Bell 206L4 for Orange County

Orange County’s Sherriff Jerry Demings piloted the first flight of their new $4.3 million Bell 206L4, named Chase 3. The new chopper is replacing a 1970s OH-58 helicopter which was recently labelled as unfit to fly, reports Orlando Sentinel. The Chase 3 dominates the rest of the fleet with a top speed of over 110mph,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 28-Oct-16

Activist Drone Shot Down at North Dakota Pipeline Site

Activist Drone Shot Down at North Dakota Pipeline Site

During a protest this Sunday at a North Dakota pipeline construction site, an unmanned drone was shot down after it “came after” a law-enforcement helicopter. The drone, which was operated by one of the protesting activists, put helicopter passengers in fear for their lives reports Washington Times. Due to it’s proximity to a manned aircraft,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Oct-16

New Pilot for Cayman Police

New Pilot for Cayman Police

Richard Morcombe has joined the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) in September this year. He joined the RCIPS after working with the UK National Police Air Service. He brings with him 7000 hours of flight time, having completed 26 years with the UK Army. His experience ranges from Gazelle and Lynx combat helicopters, pilot… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Oct-16

IMT receives $200K police order

IMT receives $200K police order

Integrated Microwave Technology (IMT), a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving the law enforcement, broadcast, sports and entertainment markets, announced it has received a $200,000 order from a prominent state police agency located in the Mid-Atlantic region for an Airborne Video Downlink System (AVDS). The system consists of video communications equipment and related services that extend the efficacy of tactical operations… Read more »

Source: IMT, 17-Oct-16

Airbus to exhibit a California Highway Patrol H125 AStar at IACP 2016

Airbus to exhibit a California Highway Patrol H125 AStar at IACP 2016

Airbus Helicopters Inc., the North American sales leader in law enforcement helicopters for more than a decade, will exhibit a California Highway Patrol H125 AStar at the 2016 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in San Diego, Calif. on Oct. 16-18, Booth #4927. The California Highway Patrol operates 11 H125/AS350-series AStar aircraft to… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 14-Oct-16

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Heli-One and Universal Avionics Announce STC Approval

Heli-One and Universal Avionics Announce STC Approval

Heli-One, a leading global provider of helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services, has received Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for its Flight Management System (FMS) upgrade for the Airbus AS332L and AS332L1 from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada (TCCA). This STC is a part of the AS332L/L1 modernisation program currently… Read more »

Source: Heli-One, 11-Oct-16

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Airborne Technologies to upgrade Slovenian Police EC135

Airborne Technologies to upgrade Slovenian Police EC135

Airborne Technologies has been awarded the contract to upgrade an EC135 of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Slovenia, with state-of the art surveillance technology. This customized solution includes not only a removable tactical workstation, made out of carbon fibre, but also a leading-edge Airborne LINX package. It also boasts the new… Read more »

Source: Airborne Technologies, 10-Oct-16

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Gyronimo create customised app for Swedish Police

Gyronimo create customised app for Swedish Police

Gyronimo LLC recently completed the development of a customized weight & balance and performance iPad application for a new fleet of seven Bell 429 Global Ranger helicopters for the Swedish National Police. This fleet, received in the winter of 2015/2016, is being used by law enforcement for search and rescue, including mountain rescue, and is now… Read more »

Source: Gyronimo, 05-Oct-16

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L-3 Introduces MX-8 Electro-Optical/Infrared Imaging System

L-3 Introduces MX-8 Electro-Optical/Infrared Imaging System

L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) announced today that its WESCAM division has launched its smallest and lightest electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) airborne imaging system, the MX™-8. The MX-8 is designed for small tactical UAVs, light manned Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, and tactical aerostats requiring high-performing imaging solutions. The MX-8 will be on display and available for demonstration… Read more »

Source: L-3 Communications, 05-Oct-16

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Tribute fly past for National Police Memorial Day

Tribute fly past for National Police Memorial Day

The National Police Air Service and the Police Service of Northern Ireland conducted a formation fly past over St. Paul’s Cathedral this afternoon as part of the service of remembrance for National Police Memorial Day 2016. A fitting tribute to honour almost 4,000 fallen colleagues, police air support crews flew in a diamond formation with… Read more »

Source: National Police Air Service, 26-Sep-16

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Winnipeg Air1 Borrows RCMP Camera

Winnipeg Air1 Borrows RCMP Camera

The Winnipeg Police Force is currently relying on a borrowed RCMP infrared camera from Alberta RCMP. As reported by CRC Connection, Winnipeg’s Air1 helicopter was almost grounded for good due to financial issues, and has been grounded since mid-July. But with the lent camera, the helicopter has now resumed full time duty. A new camera… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Sep-16

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New Winching Simulator for West Australia Police Air Wing

New Winching Simulator for West Australia Police Air Wing

Jandakot WA Police Air Wing base recently installed its first winch simulator. The simulator, which cost $250 000, enables the force to practice their drills without having to use one of the two helicopters the base has. This also ensures more front-line patrols can be done as the helicopters are now available, reports Perth Now…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Sep-16

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Tulare County Sheriff selects TASE400 LRS

Tulare County Sheriff selects TASE400 LRS

UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), will deliver the Cloud Cap Technology TASE400 Long Range Spotter (LRS) imaging system to Tulare County Sheriff’s Office in California for use in its air support aircraft.  The TASE400 LRS was chosen because of its high performance and low size, weight and power architecture…. Read more »

Source: Cloud Cap Technology, 12-Sep-16

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Russian Helicopters to show new version of Ansat helicopter

Russian Helicopters to show new version of Ansat helicopter

Russian Helicopters, part of State Corporation Rostec, created a prototype of the new rotorcraft at Kazan Helicopters as part of the Police Helicopter program. The machine features extra equipment and is designed to meet the needs of the Russian law enforcement agencies. The police version of Ansat is equipped with platforms for transporting special forces… Read more »

Source: Russian Helicopters, 08-Sep-16

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India – Three Helicopters Jointly Bought for Emergency Use

India – Three Helicopters Jointly Bought for Emergency Use

A proposal has been brought forward by the authorities of Noida, Greater Noida and YEIDA to purchase three helicopters to use for emergency situations, law enforcement and search and rescue. The proposal has been brought up before, but was not feasible due to financial reasons. “This fresh proposal seems workable,” says Janardan, Additional CEO of… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Sep-16

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New Thermal Imaging Camera funded by Winnipeg Police

The Winnipeg Police Service is pleased to announce that funding for a new thermal imaging camera has been put in place for AIR1. The commitment for complete funding was approved today by the Winnipeg Police Board. The Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg had each allocated monies for the camera.  However, due to exchange… Read more »

Source: ec120-winnipeg-police, 05-Sep-16

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US Dept of Homeland Security sell their two AW139s

US Dept of Homeland Security sell their two AW139s

The US Dept of Homeland Security has sold their two AgustaWestland AW139s, as confirmed in recent days by an updated entry on the FAA register. The purchaser is listed as Guardian Helicopters of Calgary in the Canadian province of Alberta. The operator’s website says that Guardian Helicopters was formed in 1995 in Fort Nelson B.C…. Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Aug-16

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New UK heliport for Police and EMS operations approved

New UK heliport for Police and EMS operations approved

The controversial proposals for a dual-service heliport at Almondsbury have now received planning approval, according to the Gazette series.  The site, close to the junction of the M4 and M5 motorways, will become the new base for both the National Police Air Service and the Great Western Air Ambulance in the Bristol area.  Both currently… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Aug-16

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90 Airbus rotorcraft deployed at Rio 2016 Olympics

90 Airbus rotorcraft deployed at Rio 2016 Olympics

A fleet of 90 Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft has been deployed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for use in surveillance, airspace defense, anti-terrorism, law enforcement, command/control/communication, air medical rescue and electronic image capture during the month of August in Rio de Janeiro and other states where competitions are taking place. This fleet is comprised of… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-Aug-16

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Indonesian National Police picks AEM loudspeakers for Bell 429s

Indonesian National Police picks AEM loudspeakers for Bell 429s

AEM has been selected to provide its new generation loudspeaker systems to Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd for two B429 helicopters purchased by the Indonesian National Police. The aircraft were signed for at the 2016 Singapore Airshow during a formal signing ceremony. As the official police force for Indonesia, the aircraft will support law enforcement activities… Read more »

Source: AEM, 31-Jul-16

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Controp launches HD EO/IR camera payload for helicopters

Controp launches HD EO/IR camera payload for helicopters

CONTROP Precision Technologies Ltd. – a company specializing in the field of electro-optics (EO) and infrared (IR) defense and homeland security solutions – announces the release of the SHAPO-HD – High Definition (HD) EO/IR camera payload for helicopters. The introduction of the new SHAPO-HD completes CONTROP’s family of EO/IR payloads with HD capabilities, including the… Read more »

Source: Controp, 21-Jul-16

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AgustaWestland take AW009 to ALEA 2016

AgustaWestland take AW009 to ALEA 2016

Leonardo-Finmeccanica is introducing the light-single AW009 helicopter to U.S. law enforcement units at this week’s Airborne Law Enforcement Association annual exhibition, taking place in Savannah, GA With continued strong interest from airborne law enforcement operators, Leonardo will launch several days of flight demonstrations and trials in August. The AW009, a commercial evolution of the SW-4… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Jul-16

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South Wales Police introduces Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

South Wales Police introduces Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

The force has acquired one drone which will be used to carry out a wide range of tasks including assisting with searches for missing people, policing large scale events, tackling anti-social behaviour and keeping officers safe. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are used by many organisations across the world. Regulated in the UK by… Read more »

21-Jul-16

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MD Helicopters detail ALEA 2016 participation

MD Helicopters detail ALEA 2016 participation

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) announces its participation in the 2016 Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Expo, July 20-22, 2016, at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Savannah, Georgia. The MD Helicopters booth, #136, will feature one of two Gwinnett County Police Department Aviation Unit MD 530F helicopters. In 2015, Gwinnett County upgraded their proven… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 21-Jul-16

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Hungarian Police buys five pre-owned MD Explorers

Hungarian Police buys five pre-owned MD Explorers

HeliHub.com understands that the Hungarian Police (local name Rendőrség) have bought a batch of five MD902 Explorers from a German police force.  The five have been acquired from the Baden-Wurttemberg Police, who are taking delivery of six H145 helicopters from Airbus, and are the first law enforcement operator of that type. The five Explorers –… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 19-Jul-16

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Technisonic adds All Band capability to TDFM-9000 radios

Technisonic adds All Band capability to TDFM-9000 radios

Technisonic Industries Ltd., an industry leader in the development, manufacture and support of special-mission airborne communications systems, is announcing the immediate availability of Airborne’s first ever ALL-BAND P25 Phase I and Phase II capable module. Already the industry leader in Civil Communications, the TDFM-9000 series of civil support radios now can be ordered with a… Read more »

Source: Technisonic, 19-Jul-16

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Airbus takes Seminole County Sheriff H125 AStar to ALEA Convention

Airbus takes Seminole County Sheriff H125 AStar to ALEA Convention

Airbus Helicopters are exhibiting the Seminole County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office H125 AStar at the 2016 Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Annual Conference and Expo in Savannah, Ga., July 18-23. The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office operates two H125’s (formerly AS350 B3e) to conduct a wide variety of law enforcement missions, including patrol, search & rescue and… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 19-Jul-16

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FlightSafety to offer NVG training on simulators

FlightSafety to offer NVG training on simulators

FlightSafety International announces that it will offer Part 142 approved Night Vision Goggle training using Level D qualified simulators in Dallas. The courses provide in-depth instruction on the equipment and focus on the efficient and effective use of the goggles through scenario based and mission specific exercises. The FAA-approved course for the Airbus Helicopters H135… Read more »

Source: FlightSafety, 14-Jul-16

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ASU appoints new marketing coordinator

ASU appoints new marketing coordinator

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) Inc., announced today that the company has hired Sarah Pokorney as the new marketing coordinator. In her new role, Pokorney will manage marketing and communication for every division of ASU including sales, training, goggle service and repair and new product development. Pokorney graduated from Boise State University with a degree in… Read more »

Source: ASU, 12-Jul-16

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Finnish Border Guard picks Wescam imaging system for H215 fleet

Finnish Border Guard picks Wescam imaging system for H215 fleet

L-3 Communications (NYSE:LLL) announced today that its WESCAM division has received an order from the Finnish Border Guard to provide MX™-15 electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) imaging systems for installation on a number of Airbus H215 twin-engine helicopters. The newly equipped H215s will support a variety of missions across Finland, including maritime border patrol and search… Read more »

Source: L-3, 12-Jul-16

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CMC systems selected for Sécurité Civile EC145 upgrades

CMC systems selected for Sécurité Civile EC145 upgrades

Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) is pleased to announce that the CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS) and CMA-5024 GPS Landing System have been selected by the French Direction générale de l’armement (DGA) and by Airbus Helicopters, to upgrade the Sécurité Civile fleet of EC145 helicopters. The 35 helicopters that will be upgraded are deployed on Sécurité… Read more »

Source: CMC, 11-Jul-16

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Second AW139 arrives for Croatian Police

Second AW139 arrives for Croatian Police

The Croatian Police yesterday took delivery of the second of two AW139 helicopters, after receiving the first in January 2016.   The two aircraft will have their primary role as border protection.  Croatia has the EU’s second longest land border with non-EU countries, a total of 745 miles, making it only marginally shorter than the 816… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jun-16

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Vector completes first 12-year inspection on San Bernardino County Sheriff AS350

Vector completes first 12-year inspection on San Bernardino County Sheriff AS350

Vector Aerospace is pleased to announce that it has completed the first of three 12-year inspections for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s (SBCSD) fleet of Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 AStars. The SBCSD flew its second AStar to Vector’s hangar in Langley, BC on June 20th, and returned home with the first completed aircraft, work… Read more »

Source: Vector, 29-Jun-16

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Carabineros de Chile to receive H135

Carabineros de Chile to receive H135

A new H135 helicopter has been test flying recently from the Airbus Helicopters factory in Donauworth, in the colours of Carabineros de Chile – the national police force of Chile.  HeliHub.com believes this order was not announced, but the aircraft is seen in the photo here carrying a German test registration, prior to it taking… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Jun-16

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Dallas Avionics to demo PowerSonix PA systems at ALEA Convention

Dallas Avionics to demo PowerSonix PA systems at ALEA Convention

Dallas Avionics announced today that the company plans to demonstrate a PowerSonix PS-SPK-300 and PS-AMP 800 public address system at the Airborne Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) annual convention in Savannah, Georgia, from 16:10 to 16:30 prior to the Pig Picking July 21, 2016. Savannah Police Department Chief Pilot Scott Yackel will be flying the department’s… Read more »

Source: Dallas Avionics, 22-Jun-16

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Tokyo Metropolitan Police orders two AW109 Trekkers

Tokyo Metropolitan Police orders two AW109 Trekkers

Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s range of helicopters show continued success in the Japanese market with the selection of two brand new AgustaWestland AW109 Trekkers for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police law-enforcement fleet. The two helicopters are scheduled to be delivered in 2017, making this customer the first Asian law enforcement operator of the type. Civil certification of the AW109… Read more »

Source: Leonardo, 21-Jun-16

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Vector completes 12-year inspection and G-check on LA County Sheriff AS332L1

Vector completes 12-year inspection and G-check on LA County Sheriff AS332L1

Vector Aerospace is pleased to announce the completion of a 7,500 hour major inspection (“G-check”) and 12-year major inspection for an Airbus Helicopters AS332 L1 Super Puma helicopter operated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). The Super Puma was successfully delivered back to the LASD from Vector’s hangar in Langley, BC on June… Read more »

Source: Vector, 06-Jun-16

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Helibras delivers first of two EC145s to Rio Police, ready for 2016 Olympic Games

Helibras delivers first of two EC145s to Rio Police, ready for 2016 Olympic Games

Helibras has delivered the first of two new EC145s to the Secretariat of Public Security of Rio de Janeiro. These will form part of the intelligence system supporting the Olympic Games, which opens in the city on 5th August 2016.  Following production in Germany, the aircraft have gone through a long completion period in Brazil… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jun-16

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PHPA issues statement following FAA denial of LA anti-noise petitions

PHPA issues statement following FAA denial of LA anti-noise petitions

On May 20, 2016, the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association learned that the FAA denied all four of the Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition petitions to regulate helicopter operations over the Los Angeles Basin. The LAAHNC had asked the FAA for four (4) SFAR’s: * A 2000’ AGL minimum operating altitude for all helicopter operations,… Read more »

Source: PHPA, 01-Jun-16

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Argentine military finally confirms purchase of 20 AB206s

Argentine military finally confirms purchase of 20 AB206s

The Argentine military reported late last week that the Secretary of Logistics, Emergencies and Cultural Management, Walter Ceballos, had announced the purchase of twenty AB206 JetRangers while visiting Italy last week.  The purchase includes ten GAU-17 machine guns and five stretcher units. During September and October of this year, nineteen of the twenty helicopters will… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-May-16

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Chinese police forces order ten helicopters

Chinese police forces order ten helicopters

Ten helicopters are being bought for the police under the largest agreement of its kind in China, signed on Tuesday, the opening day of the Eighth China International Exhibition on Police Equipment. On Tuesday this week, the Ministry of Public Security signed an order with local manufacturer AVIC for ten helicopters. The first four, two… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-May-16

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Bell completes delivery of seven 429s to Swedish Police

Bell completes delivery of seven 429s to Swedish Police

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company is delighted to announce the delivery and entry into service of the Swedish National Police’s seven Bell 429 helicopters. The fleet is being used for law enforcement and search and rescue, including mountain rescue, across Sweden. “This is now the largest Bell 429 fleet in operation in… Read more »

Source: Bell, 18-May-16

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Airbus to upgrade avionics on 35 EC145s for Securite Civile

Airbus to upgrade avionics on 35 EC145s for Securite Civile

Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) to retrofit the avionics suite of the 35 EC145 helicopters operated by the Sécurité Civile, an agency of the French Ministry of Interior that performs critical search and rescue and medical evacuation services throughout the French territory. As part of this… Read more »

Source: Airbus, 12-May-16

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Orange County Sheriff completes hoist training wtih AH+RT

Orange County Sheriff completes hoist training wtih AH+RT

Advanced Helicopter+Rescue Techniques completes Initial Hoist Training with Orange County Sheriff’s Air Support Unit. The training was performed in Orange County and provided Ground Training as well as Technical Ground and Flight Training. Orange County Sheriffs Sgt. Bill Fitzgerald says, “ the training was tailored to our needs extremely well, conducted and adjusted to an… Read more »

Source: AH+RT, 12-May-16

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AgustaWestland sold $1.3 Billion worth of helicopters to Algeria

AgustaWestland sold $1.3 Billion worth of helicopters to Algeria

Over the last five years, Algeria has received a significant number of helicopters from AgustaWestland, but the manufacturer goes into complete silence mode when asked how many aircraft have been delivered.  No article has been published to date enumerating the extent of this order. HeliHub.com has thus done a significant amount of research in an… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-May-16

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Britannia2000 to supply Mission Computer for Police Scotland H135

Britannia2000 to supply Mission Computer for Police Scotland H135

Britannia2000 is delighted to have been selected and contracted once again by Babcock (formerly Bond Air Services) for the supply of their Compact Airborne Mission Computer (CAMC) for Police Scotland. This follows Babcock’s selection of Britannia to supply the CAMC for the UK’s National Police Aviation Service (NPAS) in the upgrade of seven of their… Read more »

Source: Britannia2000, 10-May-16

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FInnish Border Guards receive second H215 today

FInnish Border Guards receive second H215 today

Airbus Helicopters delivered the first of two H215s to join the Finnish Boarder Guard fleet on 28th February, and the second is expected to arrive today.  Serial 2926, and registered OH-HVQ, the aircraft departed the factory at Marignane in southern France yesterday and has over-nighted in Germany. The Finnish Boarder Guard already operates three AS332… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-May-16

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ASU Ecliptus night vision camera now available on GSA

ASU Ecliptus night vision camera now available on GSA

Aviation Specialties Unlimited, Inc. (ASU) a Boise, Idaho-based night vision company engaged with GSA representatives and contractors at the Southwest Supply Acquisition Center (SSAC) Industry days May 3-4, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas to better serve their GSA customers. At the event ASU announced that the company’s new Ecliptus product is now available on GSA…. Read more »

Source: ASU, 06-May-16

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San Bernardino Sheriff faces lawsuit for helicopter sniper shooting

San Bernardino Sheriff faces lawsuit for helicopter sniper shooting

The Villegas family, represented by Philip Layfield of Layfield & Barrett and V. James (Jim) DeSimone of V. James DeSimone Law, filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California, San Bernardino County. The lawsuit was filed under the case name: Villegas v. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department et al with the case number CIVDS1606504,… Read more »

Source: Layfield & Barrett, 05-May-16

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Indian River Sheriff plans for a heliport

Indian River Sheriff plans for a heliport

Sheriff Deryl Loar said the department will build a 9,628-square-foot aviation hangar, 4,989 square feet of office space and a lighted heliport near the Indian River County Jail.  See full story

Source: TC Palm, 19-Apr-16

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Finmeccanica takes GrandNew to LAAD Security event in Brazil

Finmeccanica takes GrandNew to LAAD Security event in Brazil

Finmeccanica will be showcasing the company’s expertise in aerospace and security sectors and its footprint in the key Brazilian market through this week’s LAAD Security exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Poised for growth in the region, the company will display solutions from the sectors of security, helicopters, airborne, space, and naval defence electronics that… Read more »

Source: Finmeccanica, 14-Apr-16

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UK – Surrey and Sussex Police increase drone fleet from one to five

UK – Surrey and Sussex Police increase drone fleet from one to five

Surrey and Sussex Police have acquired four new state-of-the-art drones.  The Aeryon SkyRangers will add to the existing one which has been used to support policing operations at Gatwick since March 2014. The drones – also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – are designed to be used to safeguard people and to assist with… Read more »

Source: Surrey Police, 11-Apr-16

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Kawasaki delivers first two EC145s to Japanese National Police

Kawasaki delivers first two EC145s to Japanese National Police

Kawasaki Heavy Industries has announced that it has delivered two EC145 helicopters to the National Police Agency in its native Japan. These will be the first EC145s to be used by the National Police Agency, and are replacements of existing helicopters deployed by the Police in the prefectures of Kanagawa and Chiba. The EC145 is,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Apr-16

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UK – Planning approval reversed for Police and Air Ambulance heliport

UK – Planning approval reversed for Police and Air Ambulance heliport

South Gloucestershire Council has reversed its approval for a new helicopter base in Almondsbury following a legal challenge.  The heliport was planned to serve both the Great Western Air Ambulance and the National Police Air Service, whose helicopters are currently based at Filton Airfield.  Filton, most famous for its role in the development of the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Apr-16

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Las Vegas Metro Police to acquire Airbus H145

Las Vegas Metro Police to acquire Airbus H145

Local news outlets in Nevada are reporting that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police have approval to buy a new Airbus H145, with delivery targeted for March 2017.  The new helicopter will operate in the SAR role and replace one of two HH-1H helicopers which date back to the early 1970s.  The Metropolitan Police Committee on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Mar-16

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Cyrpus – Auditor General questions AW139 purchase

Cyrpus – Auditor General questions AW139 purchase

Auditor General Odysseas Michaelides has hit out against what he sees is a cover-up in the suspicious purchase of five AW139s from AgustaWestland back in 2008.  Cyprus bought three for SAR work, and two for their national Police force.  See full story

Source: In Cyprus, 16-Mar-16

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Police Scotland renew Bond contract with upgrade

Police Scotland renew Bond contract with upgrade

A new state-of-the-art helicopter will be brought into service for Police Scotland as part of a new seven-year air support contract. Bond Air Services secured the contract with the Scottish Police Authority and Police Scotland after they were selected as the preferred bidder following a competitive tendering and procurement process. The new helicopter – an… Read more »

Source: Police Scotland, 14-Mar-16

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San Bernardino County Sheriff picks Vector for AS350 12-year inspections

San Bernardino County Sheriff picks Vector for AS350 12-year inspections

Vector Aerospace, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract to perform 12-year inspections on three Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 AStars operated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department (SBCSD). Vector will conduct these inspections at its facilities in Langley,… Read more »

Source: Vector, 04-Mar-16

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Finnish Boarder Guards receive their first H215

Finnish Boarder Guards receive their first H215

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first of two H215s to join the Finnish Boarder Guard fleet, announced today at the Heli Expo Trade Show, where an H215 can be visited on the static display. The first H215 arrived in Finland on February 28 following a training session at the Airbus Helicopters headquarters in Marignane, France…. Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 03-Mar-16

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Trakka launches new TLX searchlight with dual day-night camera option

Trakka launches new TLX searchlight with dual day-night camera option

Trakka Systems announces the launch of its new TLX searchlight with dual sensor TV/Thermal Imaging camera option which will be displayed for the first time at the HAI Heli-Expo in Louisville, Kentucky 1-3 March 2016. Trakka Systems is the leading brand in searchlight technology and also a leader in the supply of fully exportable gyro-stabilized… Read more »

Source: Trakka Systems, 01-Mar-16

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Technisonic releases industry-first NIFOG code plug

Technisonic releases industry-first NIFOG code plug

At Heli-Expo 2016, Technisonic Industries Ltd., an industry leader in the development, manufacture and support of special-mission airborne communications systems, announces the availability of a new common NIFOG code plug for the nations airborne first responders. Recognizing a disconnect in the communications of our country’s first responders,  Technisonic, working with its partners has developed a… Read more »

Source: Technisonic, 01-Mar-16

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Night Vision Awards Committee Announces New Biennial Format

Night Vision Awards Committee Announces New Biennial Format

The Night Vision Awards Committee announced today a new biennial format. The next Night Vision Awards will take place at the 2017 Airborne Law Enforcement Association Expo in Reno, Nevada. The awards ceremony will feature light hors d’oeuvres and libations and honor various departments and organizations on their accomplishments using night vision goggle equipment. During… Read more »

Source: Night Vision Awards, 01-Mar-16

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EASA approves Trakka A800 searchlight on AW139

EASA approves Trakka A800 searchlight on AW139

Trakka Systems is pleased to announce that they have received an EASA STC data package for the installation of the A800 searchlight onto the Finmeccanica Helicopters AW139 helicopter short and long nose variants. The Certification covers the integration of the TrakkaBeam A800 searchlight, Pilot Control Interface Unit (PCIU) and Trakka Control Panel (TCP). The pilot… Read more »

Source: Trakka, 29-Feb-16

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Trakka buys Swedish gimbal camera maker

Trakka buys Swedish gimbal camera maker

Trakka Group is pleased to announce that they have acquired a controlling interest in the Swedish Airborne Gimbal Camera manufacturer, Swesystem. Trakka Corp has in recent years been established as the leading brand in searchlight technology. Capitalizing on Trakka’s position in the market as well as their management’s vast knowledge of camera systems, the Trakka… Read more »

Source: Trakka, 29-Feb-16

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ASU and Wilcox unveil NVG Helmet Mount and Battery Pack

ASU and Wilcox unveil NVG Helmet Mount and Battery Pack

After more than three decades with little to no changes, Aviation Specialties Unlimited, (ASU) and Wilcox Industries revealed at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) annual HELI-EXPO in Louisville, Kentucky a new helmet mount and battery back for night vision goggles. “Lighter, stronger, and easier to use are phrases we have all heard people ask for… Read more »

Source: ASU, 26-Feb-16

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Workshops train police on responding to illegal drone activity

Workshops train police on responding to illegal drone activity

The Unmanned Safety Institute, a professional organization dedicated to the safe and responsible integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the U.S. National Airspace System, today announced a joint partnership with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) to provide educational workshops to the law enforcement community throughout the United States.  The purpose of the… Read more »

Source: USI, 23-Feb-16

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Edmonton may put hold on Police EC120 replacement

Edmonton may put hold on Police EC120 replacement

A report brought Thursday to the Edmonton Police Commission says the cost of the helicopter, first pegged at $3.47 million, has jumped $2.7 million because of the drop in value of the Canadian dollar. See Full Story

Source: Edmonton Journal, 22-Feb-16

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Indonesian National Police order two Bell 429s

Indonesian National Police order two Bell 429s

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced a purchase agreement for two Bell 429s for delivery to the Indonesian National Police. As the official police force for Indonesia, the aircraft will support the law enforcement activities and will contribute to the safety, accessibility, sustainability and security of the region. The aircraft were signed… Read more »

Source: Bell, 19-Feb-16

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Western Australia Police look for two nimble helicopters to replace BK117

Western Australia Police look for two nimble helicopters to replace BK117

WA Police are looking at buying “more nimble” and “manoeuvrable” helicopters better suited to high-speed chases. See Full Story

Source: Yahoo News, 17-Feb-16

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Pennsylvania State Police helicopter move delayed at least a year

Pennsylvania State Police helicopter move delayed at least a year

Hazleton City Council approved an amended lease agreement with the state Department of General Services that will keep a Pennsylvania State Police aviation unit at Hazleton Regional Airport through May 2017, a city official said. See Full Story

Source: Standard Speaker, 12-Feb-16

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UK Police evolves as two more bases close as planned

UK Police evolves as two more bases close as planned

NPAS – the UK’s National Police Air Service – have closed two more bases as planned. NPAS Ripley closed, and their EC135 will be the third in the upgrade line at Bond Air Services. The first from that process was displayed at Helitech in October 2015, and the second is currently in progress. NPAS Sheffield… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Feb-16

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First AW139 arrives for Croatian Police

First AW139 arrives for Croatian Police

The Croatian Police last week took delivery of the first of two AW139 helicopters, with the second reportedly due in July 2016.   Flown to Zagreb Airport on Wednesday, the aircraft had actually quietly entered national airspace the previous evening and overnighted at Pula ready for its higher profile landing at the capital’s airport. The two… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Jan-16

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