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All Metal MS collaborates with Spectrolab on gimbal searchlight rack

All Metal MS collaborates with Spectrolab on gimbal searchlight rack

All Metal MS, a global leader in the development and manufacturing of safety first custom maintenance stands, maintenance support equipment and hangar equipment, has utilized Spectrolab, Inc. to demonstrate All Metal’s product that supports Gimbal Searchlight installation/removal and maintenance. The All Metal Gimbal Searchlight Rack is an innovative rack that allows for the easy installation, removal, storage… Read more »

Source: All Metal MS, 10-Feb-12

Kenya Police AS350B3e has fist Donaldson IBF in Africa

Kenya Police AS350B3e has fist Donaldson IBF in Africa

The first AS350B3e in Africa is flying with the first Donaldson AS350B3e Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system on the continent. Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) delivered the advanced filtration system via Eurocopter South Africa for installation on the Kenya Police Air-Wing’s new aircraft. Donaldson’s AS350 IBF will be… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 10-Feb-12

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EASA certifies Dart law enforcement components for AS350, B206 and B407

EASA certifies Dart law enforcement components for AS350, B206 and B407

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) is pleased to announce EASA approval of Geneva’s ENG and Law Enforcement completion components for Eurocopter AS350, 355, and Bell 206A/B, 206L and 407 series aircraft. Geneva’s receipt of the EASA approvals will allow European operators to take advantage of Geneva’s many ENG and law enforcement equipment solutions. All components are… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Service, 09-Feb-12

Trakka Corp unveils stabilized searchlight: Another industry first

Trakka Corp unveils stabilized searchlight: Another industry first

Trakka Corp proudly announces another industry first with its stabilized searchlight for airborne applications. The Trakkabeam® A800, widely known and accepted as the superior searchlight solution for Law Enforcement, SAR, and military missions is now offered with a stabilization option. Platform stabilization greatly reduces flight crew workload by eliminating most of the attitude correction required… Read more »

Source: Trakka Corp, 08-Feb-12

Westchester County PD selects Becker DVCS6100 for new Bell 407

Westchester County PD selects Becker DVCS6100 for new Bell 407

Westchester County (NY) Police Department recently decided to equip their new Bell 407 patrol helicopter with the Becker Avionics Digital Voice Communication System, the DVCS6100. The aircraft currently is undergoing completion at Bell Helicopter Piney Flats, TN and will deliver in the first half of this year. Westchester County’s aircraft is the fist Bell 407… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 06-Feb-12

BMS and AeroComputers integrate special mission products

BMS and AeroComputers integrate special mission products

Broadcast Microwave Services, Inc. (BMS) and AeroComputers Inc. recently completed an engineering effort to integrate special mission products which serve the law enforcement, public safety and government surveillance markets. BMS, a leading manufacturer of wireless video microwave communications systems for use with airborne law enforcement and public safety applications, features its Geo-Pointâ„¢ software capability used… Read more »

Source: Broadcast Microwave Services, 02-Feb-12

Problems ahead for Wiltshire Police/Ambulance joint operation?

Problems ahead for Wiltshire Police/Ambulance joint operation?

Wiltshire Police operate an MD902 Explorer throughout their county for law enforcement operations.  They also operate it on a contract with the Great Western Ambulance Service to make the aircraft more cost effective by virtue of more flying hours per year – it currently flies around 600 hours per year, roughly half the UK average… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-12

Meths user gets 46 months for shooting at police helicopter

Meths user gets 46 months for shooting at police helicopter

Originally indicted by a federal grand jury for firing at an in-flight police helicopter, Michael P. McMichael, of Oklahoma City, was slapped with 46 months in prison for being a habitual methamphetamine user unlawfully in possession of a firearm, the FBI announced on Wednesday. (see full story)

Source: Tickle The Wire, 30-Jan-12

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York Regional Police upgrades moving map during EC120 overhaul

York Regional Police upgrades moving map during EC120 overhaul

As part of its 12-year Eurocopter-driven overhaul, York Regional Police are using the down-time on its EC120 to do some upgrades. Taken out of service at the end of November 2011, the three month grounding has provided the ideal opportunity for YRP to upgrade their moving-map system.  The force flies C-GYRP, serial 1086, known as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-12

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Second AS350B2 handed over to Ecuador’s National Police

Second AS350B2 handed over to Ecuador’s National Police

Eurocopter’s Mexican subsidiary, Eurocopter de México S.A. (EMSA), delivered a single-engine AS350 B2 helicopter to the Quito Aerial Police Service, of the Ecuadorian National Police Force, for use on public security missions. The new aircraft was presented during a ceremony at the customer’s facilities in Quito which was attended by senior officials from Ecuador’s Ministry… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 27-Jan-12

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Robinson choose moving map for R66 Police version

Robinson choose moving map for R66 Police version

FMS is excited to share that the FMS Moving Map has been chosen by Robinson Helicopter Company for their Law Enforcement Demonstrator, R-66 helicopter Robinson wanted to go with a “Tried and True” system for the R-66 Police version that will be unveiled at Heli-Expo next month FMS President, Greg Taylor commented: “We are extremely… Read more »

Source: Flight Management Systems, 25-Jan-12

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Guidance Aviation donates R44 to Yavapai County Sheriff

Guidance Aviation donates R44 to Yavapai County Sheriff

On Friday, January 20, 2012, at 4:00pm local time, Guidance Aviation will be presenting to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) the newly painted Robinson R44 helicopter which Guidance Aviation donated to the YCSO in October, 2010.  This event is a part of the Guidance Aviation BBQ taking place at 6418 MacCurdy Drive, Prescott, AZ…. Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 20-Jan-12

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Georgia State Patrol helicopter moving to Augusta

Georgia State Patrol helicopter moving to Augusta

The Georgia State Patrol helicopter housed in Thomson soon will have a new hangar and pad at Augusta Regional Airport. (see full story)

Source: Augusta Chronicle, 18-Jan-12

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German Federal Police EC135 fleet reaches 100,000 hours

German Federal Police EC135 fleet reaches 100,000 hours

Eurocopter recognized the German Federal Police for reaching the 100,000 total flight hour mark with its EC135 fleet, which performs thousands of operations annually across Germany for law enforcement, home security and Helicopter Emergency Medical Services missions. “The flight time logged by the German Federal Police marks a true milestone for the EC135, as this… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 16-Jan-12

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UK: South Yorkshire Police publically refuse to accept NPAS

UK: South Yorkshire Police publically refuse to accept NPAS

There is a long term plan for the UK Police air support units to rationalise, and originally there was a target date of April 2012 put on this (see story).  In September 2011 we published a story reporting South Yorkshire Police were unhappy with the plans as they would lose their MD Explorer and airborne… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Jan-12

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Civil liberties group sues FAA over drone surveillance

Civil liberties group sues FAA over drone surveillance

The Hill reported Jan. 11 that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a suit in Northern California’s U.S. District Court to force the FAA to release data about what groups have been given permission to fly higher than the FAA normally permits. Once drones enter controlled airspace (500 feet and above) they are required to have… Read more »

Source: HAI, 13-Jan-12

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Kenya Police Air Wing becomes first African AS350B3e customer

Kenya Police Air Wing becomes first African AS350B3e customer

The Kenya Police Air-Wing is expanding its airborne law enforcement and crime prevention unit with the delivery of a Eurocopter AS350 B3e Ecureuil helicopter. Kenya’s selection of the AS350 B3e, which is the enhanced version of Eurocopter’s successful AS350 model, follows an open and competitive tender won earlier this year by Eurocopter Southern Africa (Pty)… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 12-Jan-12

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Orange County sergeant and deputy investigated over helicopter use

Orange County sergeant and deputy investigated over helicopter use

An Orange County Sheriff’s probe into allegations that a department helicopter was used for a joy-ride is focusing on a Nov. 10 trip taken by supervising Sgt. Han O and a female deputy assigned to the Central Court. (see full story)

12-Jan-12

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FAA approves Onondaga County Sheriff to charge for service

FAA approves Onondaga County Sheriff to charge for service

The FAA’s change in Onondaga County’s Air 1 license opens the way for the helicopter service to begin charging insurance companies to take accident victims to hospitals, Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh said (see full story) – see also the ongoing series of stories about the survival, some may consider “against the odds” of this operation

Source: Post-Standard, 11-Jan-12

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Broward Sheriff’s Office puts in budget request for EC135

Broward Sheriff’s Office puts in budget request for EC135

​The Broward Commission are deciding whether the Broward Sheriff’s Office gets $6,505,593 for a new helicopter (see full story)

Source: Broward Palm Beach, 11-Jan-12

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Fairfax County B429 delivered with Becker DVCS6100 Airborne Digital Audio System

Fairfax County B429 delivered with Becker DVCS6100 Airborne Digital Audio System

Fairfax County Police Department near Washington DC recently took delivery of the first of two new Bell 429 light-twin law enforcement/EMS helicopters equipped with Becker Avionics Digital Audio System, the DVCS6100. Fairfax’s new 429 was completed and delivered by Paradigm Aerospace Corporation / PAC International in Mount Pleasant, PA. Their second 429 is currently undergoing… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 10-Jan-12

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UK – South Yorkshire Police detail 2011 operational stats

UK – South Yorkshire Police detail 2011 operational stats

South Yorkshire Police has today released performance results for their Air Operations Unit providing an insight into the valuable work of the Force’s single most recognisable resource, the helicopter named SY99. In 2011, the South Yorkshire Police Air Operations Unit completed 4,832 separate tasks, made 319 arrests and assisted with the apprehension of a further… Read more »

Source: South Yorkshire Police, 06-Jan-12

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FAA poised to enable police to use UAVs domestically

FAA poised to enable police to use UAVs domestically

In January, the FAA is expected to issue new air space regulations allowing for the civilian use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Police departments are expected to be early and widespread users of the drones, but some are raising concerns about privacy. (see full story)

Source: PRI, 06-Jan-12

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Heli-Coder 4 new HD airborne transmitter from BMS

Heli-Coder 4 new HD airborne transmitter from BMS

Broadcast Microwave Services, Inc. (BMS) starts 2012 by announcing its next generation airborne transmitter, the Heli-Coder 4 (HC4). The product is designed for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and is small enough that it can also be used in watercraft, land, unmanned air or ground vehicle applications. Among the new technological features in the HC4 are:… Read more »

Source: BMS, 06-Jan-12

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Turkish National Police selects Bell 429

Turkish National Police selects Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that it has been selected by the Turkish National Police from a field of several companies to enter final negotiations for an award for 15 Bell 429s with an option for five additional aircraft. “This selection represents the culmination of the efforts of a dedicated… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Jan-12

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Second police helicopter for Oslo delayed by red tape

Second police helicopter for Oslo delayed by red tape

Oslo won’t be getting its second police helicopter, promised and funded after last July’s terrorist attacks,  for several more months because of delays tied to mandatory bidding processes. (see full story).  The country currently operates an Ec135, and we assume (but have not confirmed) that the second aircraft will also be a 135. We also… Read more »

Source: Views and News from Norway, 05-Jan-12

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Sikorsky plans S-434 FAA certification early 2012

Sikorsky plans S-434 FAA certification early 2012

Sikorsky is anticipating FAA certification of the S-434 light turbine early this year.  The S-434 is an improved version of the S-333 with a four-blade head and 300 more pounds in gross weight, taking the total to 2,850 pounds all up.  Additionally it has a new tail rotor with 20% increased thrust, and structurally improved… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-12

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Azerbaijan President inspects new Border Service Mi-35s

Azerbaijan President inspects new Border Service Mi-35s

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today examined the new military helicopters, APA reports. The Head of State came to the Airport to familiarize himself with the new military helicopters.  Chief of the Azerbaijan`s State Border Service, lieutenant-general Elchin Guliyev briefed President Ilham Aliyev on the new helicopters` technical specifications and weapons.  Elchin Guliyev said… Read more »

Source: APA, 27-Dec-11

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US-NY: Suffolk County approves funds for another EC145

US-NY: Suffolk County approves funds for another EC145

The Suffolk County legislature has approved $7.5 million for a new helicopter for rescues on the east end, according to media reports.  HeliHub.com believes this would equate to a Eurocopter EC145 to match the existing aircraft on EMS duties, although it is likely they will go through the expected procurement process with multiple types before… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Dec-11

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PSNI to build helipad in Enniskillen police station

PSNI to build helipad in Enniskillen police station

Police Service of Northern Ireland say that having a helipad in County Fermanagh will mean the aircraft can be refuelled at any time without having to return to its base.  Two other remote landing pads are in operation – at Mahon Road in Portadown and Maydown, near Londonderry. (see full story) CAA photo

23-Dec-11

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Obituary – Charles “Chuck” Perriguey Jr.

Obituary – Charles “Chuck” Perriguey Jr.

Charles D. “Chuck” Perriguey Jr. died July 16, 2011 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif. at the age of 66. Chuck was born in Glendale, Calif. on Feb. 15, 1945. He attended the San Gabriel High School and East L.A. College before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1965. Chuck was selected for… Read more »

Source: HAI, 21-Dec-11

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Costa Rica issues RFI for pair of 6-seat helicopters

Costa Rica issues RFI for pair of 6-seat helicopters

Solicitation Number:  W58RGZ-12-R-0135 Notice Type:  Sources Sought Synopsis: Added: Dec 07, 2011 4:24 pm Synopsis: The Army Contracting Command – Redstone Arsenal (ACC-RSA) is seeking information to identify potential sources which may possess the expertise, capabilities and experience to meet the requirements for production and delivery of two (2) new Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) rotary… Read more »

Source: FedBizOpps, 20-Dec-11

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Belgian Federal Police reaches 20,000 hours

Belgian Federal Police reaches 20,000 hours

The MD900 fleet operated by the Belgian Federal Police has now reached 20,000 hours. Originally acquired by what was then the Gendarmerie in 1997 the fleet now consists of four airframes. The first two G-10 c/n 900-00034 and G-11 c/n 900-00045 were delivered new in 1997, the third to arrive was G12 c/n 900-00038 in… Read more »

Source: Police Aviation News, 20-Dec-11

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Alaska State Troopers budget for AS350

Alaska State Troopers budget for AS350

Alaska State Troopers want a bigger, better, faster, tougher helicopter for their Fairbanks-based operations. They’ve already convinced Gov. Sean Parnell that the $3 million aircraft is necessary. He included money for it in his proposed 2013 budget — a spending plan he described Thursday as focused on true needs over mere wants. (see full story)

Source: Alaska Dispatch, 19-Dec-11

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Bell delivers first 429 with multi-mission configuration

Bell delivers first 429 with multi-mission configuration

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has delivered the first Bell 429 with a multi-mission configuration to Fairfax County, Virginia. This is the first of two Bell 429s being delivered to Fairfax County. Their second Bell 429 is expected to deliver in the second quarter of 2012. This multi-role Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 16-Dec-11

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Bangladesh Police to go airborne with two Bell 407s

Bangladesh Police to go airborne with two Bell 407s

Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion is to acquire a pair of new Bell 407s, providing airborne law enforcment capability for the first time in this Asian country.  Commander M Sohail of the RAB has confirmed that the police authorities signed a contract with Bell Helicopter Asia on June 23rd 2011.  The deal, valued at 57 crore… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-11

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New Jersey State Police auction five S76Bs

New Jersey State Police auction five S76Bs

As New Jersey State Police take delivery of their new fleet of AW139s, their retiring fleet of S76Bs are up for auction.  Rightly or wrongly, they have chosen to sell all five S76Bs as one lot.  All are EMS configured with dual litter capability, four attendant/cabin seats, suction system, LOX, shore power, plug-type sliding cabin… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Dec-11

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Shanghai targets city fleet of 15 helicopters by 2020

Shanghai targets city fleet of 15 helicopters by 2020

From a current fleet of four, a total of 15 helicopters will be in place by 2020, said the Aviation Force of the Shanghai police yesterday. The next new helicopter should be a firefighting Ka32 for delivery in 2012 (see full story).  The current fleet includes two EC135s and the EC155 photo’d here for the… Read more »

Source: East Day, 29-Nov-11

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India’s State of Orissa looks at feasibility of UAV use

India’s State of Orissa looks at feasibility of UAV use

Tata Advanced Systems have made a presentation on UAV technology to a meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sri Bijay Kumar Patnaik (see full story)

Source: Orissa Diary, 22-Nov-11

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City of Fontana to be first police R66 customer?

City of Fontana to be first police R66 customer?

The Californian city of Fontana is putting a budget request in this week for two police-role helicopters, a low-time Robinson R44 with just 140 airframe hours, and a new R66. Police Chief Rodney Jones is preparting to ask city council’s approval on Tuesday to use $500,000 in asset seizure funds to purchase the near-new R44… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Nov-11

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Arlington police get OK to buy drone helicopters

Arlington police get OK to buy drone helicopters

The Arlington Police Department got approval Tuesday from the City Council to spend just over $202,000 from a federal grant to buy two small unmanned aircraft. (see full story)

Source: Star Telegram, 17-Nov-11

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Orange County Sheriff’s Dept investigates helicopter misuse

Orange County Sheriff’s Dept investigates helicopter misuse

The investigation, confirmed by sheriff’s spokesman John McDonald, was sparked by a typed letter that alleges the helicopter supervisor flew his girlfriend around Orange County. (see full story)

Source: Orange County Register, 12-Nov-11

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Brazil trains Angolan Police pilots and engineers

Brazil trains Angolan Police pilots and engineers

In a ceremony in Luanda on Tuesday 8th November, thirteen new pilots were presented by Angolan National Police aviation commander João Lello to general commissioner Ambrosio de Lemos.  In his speech to those present, Mr Lello said that the pilots had been trained in Brazil along with twenty maintenance engineers.  A further nine pilots and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Nov-11

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Miami-Dade Police receive fourth AS350B3

Miami-Dade Police receive fourth AS350B3

American Eurocopter announced today that the Miami-Dade Police Department’s (MDPD) Aviation Unit has taken delivery of another AS350 B3 helicopter. This is the fourth AS350 B3, and it will join the department’s Special Patrol Bureau’s Aviation Unit that includes a fleet of rotary and fixed wing aircraft. “MDPD’s selection of the AS350 B3 demonstrates the… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 01-Nov-11

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Erie County Sheriff buys HeliWagon dolly

Erie County Sheriff buys HeliWagon dolly

Erie County Sheriff’s Department in NY state has approved funding of $31,000 to purchase a HeliWagon remote-controlled self-propelled landing dolly.  The option to repair their current 40-year old dolly to acceptable standards was more expensive. Erie County Sheriff operates two helicopters.  “Air 1” is a 2001 build Eurocopter AS350B2 registered N338SD which has been on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Oct-11

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Montgomery County Sheriff adds ShadowHawk UAV

Montgomery County Sheriff adds ShadowHawk UAV

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will receive a ShadowHawk® Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) from Vanguard Defense Industries at 11:00AM Friday, October 28, 2011.  The delivery is scheduled to take place at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office located at #1 Criminal Justice Drive, Conroe, Texas 77301. Media will be able to learn about this exciting new… Read more »

Source: Montgomery County Sheriff, 28-Oct-11

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AeroVironment launches the Qube Small UAV for law enforcement

AeroVironment launches the Qube Small UAV for law enforcement

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today introduced the QubeTM portable UAS for use in public safety applications such as law enforcement and first response. Small enough to fit easily in the trunk of a car, the Qube system can be unpacked, assembled and ready for flight in less than five minutes, giving the operator a rapidly… Read more »

Source: AeroVironment, 28-Oct-11

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New FAA web page to streamline laser reporting

New FAA web page to streamline laser reporting

Washington, D.C. – In a continuing effort to combat the growing problem of lasers directed at aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has created a new website to make it easier for pilots and the public to report laser incidents and obtain information on the subject, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced today. The website, which… Read more »

Source: FAA, 27-Oct-11

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City to pay $245K in police whistle-blower case

City to pay $245K in police whistle-blower case

Former officer Samuel K. Miller, wrote a memo in 2006 criticizing the Police Department for failing to properly train officers in the helicopter unit and to properly maintain the helicopters. The settlement includes a $120,000 payment to Miller and $125,000 in legal fees and other costs (see full story)

Source: Baltimore Sun, 27-Oct-11

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Brazil: State of Parana adds second EC130

Brazil: State of Parana adds second EC130

Helibras has this week delivered a second EC130 to the State Government of Parana, for operation by their Public Safety department.  Like the first aircraft it will have joint law enforcement and air ambulance roles as it starts operatinos today – Thursday 27th October. Lt. Col. Orlando Artur da Costa, Commander of the Parana State… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Oct-11

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Night Flight Concepts unveils aviation laser defense solutions

Night Flight Concepts unveils aviation laser defense solutions

Night Flight Concepts announced today at the “Laser Illumination of Aircraft Conference, a Growing Threat” a new suite of products, Laser ArmorTM. These new optical systems for laser defense offer equipment and training options to help aviation organizations defend against laser attacks. Laser Armorâ„¢ aids in the planning and implementation of a coordinated response that… Read more »

Source: Night Flight Concepts, 27-Oct-11

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LAPD Air Support opens online store

LAPD Air Support opens online store

Due to overwhelming demand for air support memorabilia, the Los Angeles Police Department Air Support Division has launched online store, www.LAPDairsupport.com.  All proceeds from merchandise sold on the site go directly into the Air Support Angel’s Foundation account which is a certified 501(c)(3) organization. The Los Angeles Police Department Air Support Division (ASD) is the largest… Read more »

Source: Los Angeles Police Dept, 27-Oct-11

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Colombia’s National Police orders three Black Hawks

Colombia’s National Police orders three Black Hawks

Colombia’s National Police has ordered three Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawks, according to Infodefensa.com The helicopters will be operated by the Anti-Narcotics Police Directorate for use in detection and monitoring missions derived from drug trafficking activities.  Deliveries are scheduled from January 2012. The three were purchased by the Colombian military under a “Special Projects” budget category. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Oct-11

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Brazil puts EC725 into operation

Brazil puts EC725 into operation

In a joint operation between Brazil’s Army and Federal Police, a recently-acquired Eurocopter EC725 – known locally as the H-36 – was used operationally for the first time. The mission involved the rescue of seven people being held hostage near the town of Jacareacanga by a group from the Indian Kayabi tribe – all linked… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Oct-11

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Eurocopter confirms Baltimore Police EC120 order

Eurocopter confirms Baltimore Police EC120 order

What follows is the formal press release from American Eurocopter, issued today.  However, HeliHub.com broke this story five weeks ago on 22nd September – see here. American Eurocopter announced today that the Baltimore Police Department has ordered four EC120’s to update its current fleet of four aircraft. The department is one of the leading law… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 24-Oct-11

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Shimane Prefecture orders EC145

Shimane Prefecture orders EC145

The prefecture of Shimane, towards the west of Japan’s north coast, has ordered an EC145 which will be supplied from the local production line of Kawasaki Heavy Industries.    Shimane currently operates a KB117B2 registered JA6723 which they bought in 1994. C E Ishu – HeliHub.com Tokyo correspondent

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Oct-11

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American Eurocopter showcases EC120 and AS350 at IACP 2011

American Eurocopter showcases EC120 and AS350 at IACP 2011

At this year’s International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) convention in Chicago, American Eurocopter will be prominently displaying an EC120 from Lake County Sheriff’s Department (Indiana). The aircraft will be featured on American Eurocopter’s booth #871. Lake County purchased the EC120 to rejuvenate its fleet of aging military surplus helicopters with the most modern… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 23-Oct-11

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CBP retires the “Loach” after 32 years

CBP retires the “Loach” after 32 years

The OH-6A family of aircraft has flown more than a million hours, supported more than 9.5 million illegal immigrant apprehensions, and contributed to the seizure of more than 500 thousand pounds of drugs, and after 32 years of service, the last of the these helicopters in the CBP fleet conducted its final flight. In a… Read more »

Source: US Customs & Border Protection, 22-Oct-11

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HAI’s Law Enforcement Award

HAI’s Law Enforcement Award

For more than 50 years, HAI has recognized the outstanding achievements and exceptional merits of individuals and organizations through the Salute to Excellence Awards program. There is still a little time to submit nominations for the 2012 program, to be held Feb. 13 during HELI-EXPO 2012 in Dallas, Texas. The MD Helicopters Law Enforcement Award recognizes… Read more »

Source: HAI, 19-Oct-11

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Successful Unmanned Helicopter Test Flights from German Police Ship

Successful Unmanned Helicopter Test Flights from German Police Ship

On 16 September ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH together with Swiss UAV AG and the Federal Police successfully conducted experimental flights with the Unmanned Mission Avionics Test Helicopter (UMAT) from a Federal Police ship in the Baltic Sea. With these flights, the companies continued their analyses and verifications on unmanned aircraft systems. The UMAT proved its… Read more »

Source: ESG, 17-Oct-11

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Swedish Police to add seventh base and another EC135

Swedish Police to add seventh base and another EC135

The newspaper Sydsvenskan states that the National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen, RPS) has decided to purchase a seventh helicopter for a new base in SkÃ¥ne. The National Criminal Police (Rikskriminalen) has been assigned the duty to establish a new station for the Swedish Police Wing in southern Sweden, and to buy the new helicopter. The expansion… Read more »

Source: Nordic Rotors, 17-Oct-11

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Night Flight Concepts to showcase solutions at ALPA laser illumination event

Night Flight Concepts to showcase solutions at ALPA laser illumination event

Night Flight Concepts, a leading provider of night vision solutions to aviation organizations worldwide, announced it will participate in the upcoming event “Laser Illumination of Aircraft: a Growing Threat” to help raise awareness of this growing issue in aviation and to showcase solutions that can help mitigate the risks associated with voluntary and involuntary laser… Read more »

Source: Night Flight Concepts, 12-Oct-11

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Queensland Police select operator for trial

Queensland Police select operator for trial

A new police eye in the sky has taken a major step forward after the successful tender for a six month police helicopter trial was announced today. Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke said Heliwest would operate a single gas turbine Bell R206 Longranger that would provide police with aerial surveillance capabilities. “Today’s announcement represents a… Read more »

Source: Gold Coast City Council, 10-Oct-11

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Long Beach Police swap EC130s for AS350B2s

Long Beach Police swap EC130s for AS350B2s

The Long Beach Police Department has acquired two air support units from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, in an effort to reduce fuel and maintenance costs. The mission of the Long Beach Police Department’s Air Support Unit is to provide direct support to daily patrol operations as well as support for detectives and SWAT… Read more »

Source: Long Beach Police, 10-Oct-11

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Estonia’s Border Guard fails to plan ahead

Estonia’s Border Guard fails to plan ahead

Estonia’s Border Guard are without helicopter support, and have had to call on neighbour Finland to help rescue a fisherman from a boat which ran aground in recent days. The situation is a combination of circumstances.  One of their three AW139s is awaiting tail rotor parts after the recent grounding, the delay of which is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Oct-11

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Humberside Police helicopter averts rail crash

Humberside Police helicopter averts rail crash

A potential disaster was averted by Humberside Police after a vehicle was left abandoned on a railway line in Hull. The incident happened on the afternoon of Monday 03 October at when a car was requested to stop on Witty Street in the city by a police patrol on the ground and failed to do… Read more »

Source: Humberside Police, 08-Oct-11

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Mexican State of Jalisco takes delivery of S-70i

Mexican State of Jalisco takes delivery of S-70i

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has delivered an S-70i BLACK HAWK helicopter to Jalisco, the first state government in Mexico to acquire the newest variant of the world’s most employed military utility aircraft. Jalisco state police will deploy the aircraft for general law enforcement with initial aircraft operation anticipated during October’s XVI Pan American Games. Sikorsky is… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 01-Oct-11

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Sheriff selling naming rights to helicopter

Sheriff selling naming rights to helicopter

Sheriff Kevin Walsh is trying to sell naming rights to Onondaga County’s Bell 407 as a way of keeping it flying in the face of budget cuts.  A sponsor’s financial contribution would be in exchange for having the company’s name displayed prominently on it.  While it will retain its “Air-1” radio call sign, it would… Read more »

Source: Post-Standard, 29-Sep-11

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Eurocopter UK targets EC145T2 at emergency services

Eurocopter UK targets EC145T2 at emergency services

The EC145 T2 evolved version of Eurocopter’s popular twin-engine EC145 – which is making its debut appearance at the annual Helitech helicopter exposition in Duxford – responds to the UK’s demanding emergency services needs. Eurocopter’s evolutionary approach for this enhanced rotary-wing aircraft retains the EC145’s proven technologies – providing a good useful load, extended range,… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 29-Sep-11

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PAS retains Kuwait Police engineering contract

PAS retains Kuwait Police engineering contract

Police Aviation Services has been successful in renewing its Police Air Wing engineering contract with the Ministry of Interior in Kuwait, which it has held for the last 5 years. The contract involves the management of over 20 staff providing a full range of maintenance, logistics and technical services in support of two EC 135… Read more »

29-Sep-11

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Eurocopter marks 10,000 hours for Chiltern Police EC135T2 Henlow base

Eurocopter marks 10,000 hours for Chiltern Police EC135T2 Henlow base

Eurocopter today celebrated the 10,000 flight hour milestone for Chiltern Air Support Unit EC135 T2 helicopter based at RAF Henlow – the Royal Air Force station in Bedfordshire, England. A 10,000-flight hour certificate was presented by Markus Steinke, Managing Director of the Eurocopter UK Ltd. affiliate, to Doug MacKay, Unit Executive Office at RAF Benson… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 29-Sep-11

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UK: South Yorkshire Police say NO to NPAS

UK: South Yorkshire Police say NO to NPAS

In a move which could destabilise the plans to coordinate airborne law enforcement in the UK, South Yorkshire Police has this week opted out of the National Police Air Support (NPAS) plans.  With every police force thought to have signed up for NPAS, some rather reluctantly it has to be said, very few in the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 25-Sep-11

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Guangxi Province Police takes delivery of AW139

Guangxi Province Police takes delivery of AW139

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Police of the Province of Guangxi in China has taken delivery of an AW139 medium twin helicopter. This aircraft will be used to perform a number of roles including law enforcement and civil protection/disaster relief across the province. The AW139 joins an AW109 Power light… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 22-Sep-11

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Baltimore Police buys four EC120s

Baltimore Police buys four EC120s

In a major about-turn, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has this week approved the purchase of four new Eurocopter EC120s and support package for $9.5 Million.  Less than two years ago, she had threatened to ground the Police Department in a budget reduction plan. Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III was on hand to thank the… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 22-Sep-11

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Public Security Bureau of Ordos orders two GrandNew

Public Security Bureau of Ordos orders two GrandNew

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Public Security Bureau of Ordos, in China’s Inner Mongolia, has ordered two GrandNew twin-engine helicopters. The two helicopters will be used to perform fire fighting, rescue, observation, transport and civil protection duties. The GrandNew was selected, following a tender process and a comprehensive evaluation of… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 16-Sep-11

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