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Effort to save Topeka Police helicopter unit given up

Topeka City Councilman Larry Wolgast is grounding his last-ditch effort to save the police helicopter program.

Source: Topeka Capital-Journal, 27-Jan-10

South African Police order two more AS350B3s

The police have ordered a further two AS350B3 Squirrel single-engined light utility helicopters (LUH) at a cost of some 66 million Rand

25-Jan-10

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Finnish Border Guard Orders An AW119Ke Helicopter

Finnish Border Guard Orders An AW119Ke Helicopter

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Finnish Border Guard has ordered a fourth AW119Ke single engine helicopter. The Finnish Border Guard chose the AW119Ke in 2008 to sustain its fleet modernization and enhancement programme. All four helicopters will be used to perform various tasks including border patrol, special operations and fire… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 25-Jan-10

Interview – Utah DPS Pilot Terry Mercer About His Now Famous Pinnacle Landing(s)

Interview – Utah DPS Pilot Terry Mercer About His Now Famous Pinnacle Landing(s)

When Utah State Trooper Terry Mercer landed his helicopter on this pinnacle back in August 2009 to rescue an injured hiker, he had no idea that it would turn into the story which it did

Source: PoliceHelicopterPilot.com, 14-Jan-10

‘Grounded’ police helicopter used in search for police dog

‘Grounded’ police helicopter used in search for police dog

The helicopter dispatched to find a missing police K-9 on Friday afternoon is not included in this year’s city budget, but Denver Police Chief Gerald Whitman has found a way to keep it in the air.

Source: 9News, 11-Jan-10

Lancashire Police fly 6,453 missions in three years

Lancashire Police fly 6,453 missions in three years

Throughout Lancashire the helicopter has been used a total of 6,453 times since January 2007.  During that period 815 arrests have been associated with its use, which represents a success rate of around 12 per cent.

Source: Lancashire Telegraph, 07-Jan-10

Wiltshire Police spend £850K upgrading MD Explorer

Wiltshire Police spend £850K upgrading MD Explorer

Criminals will have nowhere to hide in Wiltshire thanks to an £850,000 refit of the force’s helicopter and air ambulance which means its cameras can seek out people up to two miles away.

Source: Wiltshire Times, 07-Jan-10

Police Aviation News – January 2010 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Jan-10

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West Yorkshire Police celebrate 20 years in the air

West Yorkshire Police celebrate 20 years in the air

West Yorkshire Police is celebrating 20 years of using one of its most effective weapons in the war on crime.

Source: Yorkshire Evening Post, 24-Dec-09

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Colorado Springs decommissions Air Support Unit; Helicopters up for sale

The Colorado Springs Police Department has lost its wings. In a decommissioning ceremony Tuesday, the department bid farewell to its Air Support Unit, one police budget line on a list of many that were cut because of projected city budget shortfalls in 2010

Source: The Gazette, 24-Dec-09

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Bulgaria Orders An AW139 To Meet Border Police Requirement

The Ministries of Finance and Interior of Bulgaria have ordered an AW139 medium twin helicopter to meet the latest Bulgarian Border Police helicopter requirement.

Source: AgustaWestland, 23-Dec-09

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Washoe County Sheriff to publish helicopter activity online

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Department is going to start putting information on its Web site about the helicopters’ activities when they involve extended, low flyovers.

22-Dec-09

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Cayman Islands government issues tender for police helicopter piloting services

The two–year contract – with a possible two year extension – is being advertised overseas as well as locally. Applications will be reviewed by the Central Tenders Committee and the submission period will close at noon on Friday, 22 January.

Source: Cay Compass, 17-Dec-09

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Winnipeg Council approves police helicopter

Winnipeg Council approves police helicopter

Councillors approved spending Can$3.5 million to outfit the police with a helicopter.

17-Dec-09

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Defense Holdings Demonstrates AfterGlo® Photoluminescent Aviation Safety Paint On a VA Police Helicopter

Defense Holdings Demonstrates AfterGlo® Photoluminescent Aviation Safety Paint On a VA Police Helicopter

Defense Holdings is demonstrating its revolutionary, patented AfterGlo® Brand Photoluminescent (PL) Aviation Safety Paint on the main and tail rotor blades of a Bell Helicopter Textron Model 407 helicopter belonging to the Fairfax County, Virginia Police Aviation Division. Sections of the rotor blades were painted in October 2009.

Source: Rotornews, 16-Dec-09

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Lagos State Government launches pair of Bell 412s

Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State launched two Bell 412EP Helicopters with a promise to commit the state’s resources to securing the lives and property of residents.

Source: AllAfrica, 09-Dec-09

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Man Charged With ‘Lasing’ DPS Helicopter

The Arizona Department Of Public Safety arrested a man who it said pointed a handheld laser at a police helicopter involved in a robbery pursuit.

Source: KPHO, 09-Dec-09

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Wood County officials looking to refurbish sheriff’s helicopter

Wood County officials looking to refurbish sheriff’s helicopter

Wood County Sheriff’s Department officials said they have applied for a $95,000 grant to refurbish the department’s helicopter.  Wood is the only county in the state that has a helicopter as part of its sheriff’s department.

Source: News and Sentinel, 09-Dec-09

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Police helicopter added to Winnipeg’s capital budget

Police helicopter added to Winnipeg’s capital budget

Winnipeg needs a police helicopter to respond to mundane calls, not for dramatic Hollywood-style aerial chases, police Chief Keith McCaskill said after politicians tentatively approved the purchase.

Source: Winnipeg Free Press, 08-Dec-09

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Topeka City Council mulls new police helicopter idea

Topeka City Councilman Larry Wolgast, who voted on the prevailing side in August as the council discontinued funding for the police helicopter program, has put forth a proposal targeted at keeping that program in operation while changing the way it is used.

Source: Topeka Capital-Journal, 08-Dec-09

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Priority 1 Air Rescue Provides Advanced Helicopter SAR Training for North Carolina State Highway Patrol

Priority 1 Air Rescue has completed Inland SAR training with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCSHP) which included initial Class B External Rotorcraft Load and Helicopter Short-Haul Rescue in their recently acquired Bell 407.

Source: Rotorhub, 07-Dec-09

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American Eurocopter Delivers Second AS350B3 to Miami-Dade Police Dept

American Eurocopter delivered another AS350B3 helicopter to the Miami-Dade Police Department’s (MDPD) Aviation Unit. This is the second of four AS350B3s that have been ordered

Source: American Eurocopter, 07-Dec-09

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Cuts in UK Police Air Support mooted

Cuts in UK Police Air Support mooted

Plans to cut the number of Police helicopters around the UK have been revealed by the Home Office.

07-Dec-09

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Police Aviation News – December 2009 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Dec-09

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Police Could File Charges Against KING Television Over Helicopter

The Pierce County prosecutor may file charges against KING-TV’s news director and helicopter pilot because the station’s chopper allegedly interfered with the investigation into the fatal shootings of four Lakewood police officers, said Ed Troyer of the sheriff’s office.

Source: KIRO, 30-Nov-09

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More laser attacks on Essex police helicopter pilots

Reckless yobs are putting lives at risk by shining laser pens at the police helicopter.  Essex Police revealed the lights were shone into pilots’ eyes 15 times so far this year, an increase from seven in 2008.

Source: Daily Gazette, 29-Nov-09

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United Rotorcraft Solutions installs LoJack in the San Antonio PD fleet

United Rotorcraft Solutions installs LoJack in the San Antonio PD fleet

United Rotorcraft Solutions (URS) recently completed a contract with the San Antonio (TX) Police Department (SAPD) Helicopter Detail. URS was contracted to install the LoJack system in all three of the Department’s Schweizer 333’s.

Source: ALEA, 20-Nov-09

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Merced sheriff adds Huey helicopter to its air arsenal

Sheriff’s officials announced their plans this month to add a 1973 UH-1H Bell Helicopter to the department’s aviation unit. The Huey is a donation from the California Emergency Management Agency

Source: Merced Sun-Star, 20-Nov-09

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Budget cuts mean end of Colorado Springs police helicopter

OX21 News has been telling citizens about the deep budget cuts the city of Colorado Springs  is facing because of slumping sales tax revenues.

Source: FOX21, 19-Nov-09

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Winnipeg’s police chief continues to push for helicoptere purchase

Winnipeg’s police chief continues to push for helicoptere purchase

Winnipeg’s police chief, backed by Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative Party, is pushing for a helicopter to be added to the service’s resources.  Chief Keith McCaskill said the chopper would be a “huge benefit” but the question of who would pay for it must first be answered.

Source: CBC, 12-Nov-09

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EADS obstacle warning system to enhance flight safety of Slovenian police helicopters

EADS obstacle warning system to enhance flight safety of Slovenian police helicopters

EADS Defence & Security (DS) will equip the Slovenian police force’s helicopter squadron with the globally unique HELLAS (Helicopter Laser Radar) obstacle warning system, which enables helicopter missions to be carried out even when visibility is extremely poor.

Source: EADS, 09-Nov-09

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Mercy Flight accuses police helicopters of stealing emergency calls for publicity

Mercy Flight Central claims Onondaga County’s Air One helicopter and the state police helicopter in the area are jumping calls — responding to medical emergencies before Mercy Flight has a chance to go — for emergency transports and putting patients in danger.

Source: Syracuse Post-Standard, 04-Nov-09

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Tulsa Police Department grounds both helicopters to save money

Tulsa Police Department grounds both helicopters to save money

Because of budget cuts, Saturday will be the last night either one of the two police helicopters will be flying in Tulsa for the foreseeable future.   Officials have said they will be saving $195,000 for the duration of the fiscal year by grounding the helicopters. The four officers assigned to the unit have been reassigned… Read more »

Source: Tulsa World, 01-Nov-09

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Police Aviation News – November 2009 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Nov-09

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Nanning Public Security Bureau Orders One AW109 Power Helicopter

Nanning Public Security Bureau Orders One AW109 Power Helicopter

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Public Security Bureau of Nanning (Southern China) has ordered one AW109 Power light twin engine helicopter. This aircraft will be used to perform a number of roles also including law enforcement and civil protection/disaster relief across the Nanning province.

Source: AgustaWestland, 29-Oct-09

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Phoenix Police Air Support Unit adds another AS350B3

Members of the Phoenix Police Air Support Unit were at the American Eurocopter Delivery Center in Grand Prairie to pick up another AS350B3 “AStar” helicopter. It is the fourth AS350 for the unit and it will join a diverse fleet covering the Phoenix area.

Source: American Eurocopter, 28-Oct-09

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Aspen Avionics Announces First Helicopter Installation

Aspen Avionics Announces First Helicopter Installation

Aspen Avionics announced today that the Dale County Sheriff’s Office located in Ozark, Alabama, is the first installation of an EFD1000H Pro Primary Flight Display (PFD) and an EFD1000H Multi-Function Display (MFD) into an operational helicopter. The Bell OH-58 helicopter is used by the department in regular airborne law enforcement activities.

Source: Aspen Avionics, 28-Oct-09

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Sacramento Police add helicopter tracking page to website

Sacramento Police add helicopter tracking page to website

The Sacramento Police Department has added some features at www.sacpd.org to help you find out what the police are doing.  With the addition of daily logs, helicopter location information, Facebook, and twitter we hope to keep the community more informed.

Source: Sacramento Police, 28-Oct-09

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Uttar Pradesh Police set to buy Dhruv

With growing incident of naxal violence in the nearby states of Jharkhand and Chattisgarh, the Uttar Pradesh Police has made elaborate security arrangements and would purchase a sophisticated helicopter to deal with the possibility of attacks by rebels

Source: Central Chronicle, 27-Oct-09

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Laser-shining teen faces police helicopter crew under restorative justice programme

A teenager who endangered the lives of a police helicopter crew by shining a laser pen at the aircraft has apologised in person to them.

Source: BBC, 27-Oct-09

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L-3 EOS Announces Grant Assistance Program

L-3 Electro-Optical Systems (L-3 EOS), a division of L-3 Communications, announced today the launch of its new Grant Assistance Program. The company has contracted one of the industry’s most recognized Senior Certified Grants Specialist, Margaret Stark to provide this service.

Source: L-3 Electro-Optical Systems, 22-Oct-09

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Maryland State Police tender rigged in favour of AgustaWestland, says Eurocopter

Maryland State Police tender rigged in favour of AgustaWestland, says Eurocopter

Eurocopter, the manufacturer of the current Maryland State Police fleet, filed a formal protest and is not making an offer to replace the aging helicopters. The company alleges that the state’s specifications for new aircraft are skewed in favor of AgustaWestland.In a letter to Gov. Martin O’Malley and to the state Department of Transportation, the… Read more »

Source: WBAL, 16-Oct-09

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Montgomery County Council members want drug fund spent on treatment, not helicopters

Montgomery County Council members want money seized from drug dealers to be spent treating drug addicts instead of a new police helicopter program proposed by County Executive Ike Leggett.

Source: Washington Examiner, 15-Oct-09

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Monterey County says no to sheriff helicopter funding

Monterey County says no to sheriff helicopter funding

A bid by Sheriff Mike Kanalakis to get the county to underwrite the purchase of a law enforcement helicopter was grounded Tuesday. Kanalakis was hoping the Board of Supervisors would agree to guarantee about $660,000 in backup funding for a used Robinson R-44 helicopter if a hoped-for federal Homeland Security grant for the purchase doesn’t… Read more »

Source: Monterey Herald, 15-Oct-09

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Dutch Police take delivery of first AW139

The first of two AW139s for the Dutch Police has arrived in country.

Source: Luchtvaartnieuws, 15-Oct-09

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Cayman Islands Police EC135 postponed again to January 2010

The much–delayed arrival of the police helicopter is now slated for January, the government’s Finance Committee heard on Friday.  Deputy Police Commissioner Anthony Ennis told the committee that the helicopter was expected to arrive sometime in January, 2010.

Source: Cay Compass, 14-Oct-09

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Laser Pointed At Chopper Near Ohio State Campus

Columbus police pilot Lt. Mike Elkins said his unit has gone years without a laser targeting one of its choppers, but last night was the third time it has happened in less than a month,

Source: 10TV, 14-Oct-09

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Trial begins in helicopter pilot’s sex bias suit against State Police

The first female helicopter pilot in the Massachusetts State Police has testified that the commander of the prestigious Air Wing unit retaliated against her because she rejected his sexual advances.

Source: Boston Globe, 14-Oct-09

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Monterey County sheriff’s helicopter may make comeback

The move comes just nine months after the board killed the program because of budget problems, and as Sheriff Mike Kanalakis’ challenger for re-election seeks to make it a campaign issue.

Source: The Californian, 11-Oct-09

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Black Eagle 50 unmanned helicopter to be displayed in Army & Police Exhibition in Tel Aviv

Developed by Steadicopter, the Black Eagle 50 mini rotary UAV is just over two meters long and can carry a minimal payload of 3 kg. The unmanned helicopter can stay in the air for up to three hours and reach altitudes of 9,000 feet. It can transmit footage back to a command center from distances… Read more »

Source: Jerusalem Post, 11-Oct-09

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Six month jail term for teenager who aimed laser at police helicopter

Newcastle Crown Court heard that the police aircraft, code-named India 99, was passing over Wessington Way in Sunderland on May 10, and had been summoned to provide light for the emergency services rescuing two stranded climbers, when it was targeted.

Source: Shiells Gazette, 11-Oct-09

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Merseyside Police helicopter attacked on British military base

Just before 10.30pm several men gained entry to the military base where the Force helicopter is stored and damaged the aircraft.  A high speed police chase ensued from Southport to Liverpool city centre as a silver Audi A4 with blacked out windows was seen travelling at high speed along Formby Bypass with a number of… Read more »

Source: Formby Times, 11-Oct-09

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Mesa Police buy 11-year old 500E despite production line in town

With prices for new helicopters too expensive, particularly given the city’s fiscal constraints, the City Council this week approved purchase of a 1998 model MD500E, a general purpose utility and executive transport helicopter that has been widely popular with law enforcement agencies.

Source: AZ Central, 11-Oct-09

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Arkansas allocates $3.5M for a new State Police helicopter

The state has announced $9.6 million in federal stimulus money will go to state and local law enforcement needs, including $3.5 million for a new State Police helicopter with a hoist to use in rescue efforts in remote areas.

Source: Arkansas Times, 09-Oct-09

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Westchester County Aviation Unit keeps busy

Westchester residence can feel safer now that there are two helicopters patrolling the skies.  The criminals may out run our ground police, but they can never out run the Westchester County Aviation Unit.

Source: Examiner.com, 06-Oct-09

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American Eurocopter Donates $10,000 to Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission

During the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) convention in Denver, Colorado, today, American Eurocopter donated $10,000 to the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (ALEAC).

Source: American Eurocopter, 06-Oct-09

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Twin-engine safety rules will ground three NSW police helicopters

New Civil Aviation Safety Authority requirements that will make it mandatory for police helicopters to have two engines

Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 05-Oct-09

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Trooper 6 Medevac Helicopter To Relocate From Centreville To Easton

Trooper 6 Medevac Helicopter To Relocate From Centreville To Easton

The Maryland State Police Trooper 6 medevac helicopter is relocating from Centreville to a hangar at the Easton Airport.

Source: WJZ, 02-Oct-09

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Brunswick commissioner regrets Sheriff helicopter acquisition

Brunswick’s County new helicopter is a liability and will cost more in the long run than using a shared helicopter with Wilmington, the vice chairman of the board of commissioners said Wednesday.

Source: Star News, 01-Oct-09

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Police Aviation News – October 2009 edition

Source: Police Aviation News, 01-Oct-09

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Jackson Police announces new Sergeant of their Aviation Unit

The Jackson Police Department announced the promotion of a 20-year veteran officer

Source: WBBJ, 01-Oct-09

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Pratt & Whitney Canada Signs Fleet Management Program With Netherlands Police Agency

Pratt & Whitney Canada Signs Fleet Management Program With Netherlands Police Agency

Pratt & Whitney Canada Customer Service Centre Europe has signed a new 10-year Fleet Management Program agreement with the Netherlands Police Agency to provide comprehensive maintenance support for P&WC engines installed on its fleet of Eurocopter EC135 and AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters.

Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada, 30-Sep-09

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Eurocopter keeps on expanding in the United Kingdom

Eurocopter keeps on expanding in the United Kingdom

The company exhibits the EC135 “L’Hélicoptère par Hermès” as centre piece, as well as a large array of eight state-of-the-art helicopters: a London “Met” EC145, an EC135 by Suffolk Police, the UK’s first helicopter – an EC135 – dedicated to offshore wind farm maintenance, a utility AS355 NP used by National Grid for powerline inspections,… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 24-Sep-09

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West Midlands Police orders new EC135 to replace arson casualty airframe

Eurocopter UK announces the order for a new EC135 for West Midlands Police Air Support Unit. On top, Eurocopter will provide a fully equipped EC135 police helicopter to take over the duties of the West Midlands EC135 destroyed by fire in a recent arson attack until the new aircraft will be delivered in summer 2010.

Source: Eurocopter, 24-Sep-09

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Helitech: Police helicopters take the stage

The future of UK’s Police Helicopters has taken centre stage at this year’s Helitech.

Source: Rotorhub, 23-Sep-09

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South Africa adds five more FMS Moving Maps to their Police fleet

South Africa adds five more FMS Moving Maps to their Police fleet

Flight Management Systems of Calgary, Canada has announced that Carl Zeiss Optronics (PTY) has received 5 FMS Moving Map integration kits intended for the South African Police Service BO-105 helicopters and Pilatus PC-6 fixed wing aircraft. This brings the total number of FMS Moving Map systems flying with the SAPS, to eleven.

Source: Vertical, 23-Sep-09

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Avalex Technologies Sees Growth in European Law Enforcement Market

Avalex Technologies Sees Growth in European Law Enforcement Market

Avalex Technologies is teaming with the United Kingdom’s Police Aviation Services to ensure its airborne teams of pilots and engineers have the most rugged, reliable and easy-to-use technologies on the market.

Source: RotorNews, 23-Sep-09

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70% of Russia to have police aviation cover within 5 years

70% of the territory of Russia will be reached after 5 years of aviation detachments of police, said today the Minister of Interior Rashid Nurgaliyev transmit “Vesti”.

Source: Aviaport, 23-Sep-09

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MD Helicopters Delivers an MD500E® to Columbus, Ohio Police Unit

MD Helicopters held a special delivery ceremony at its Mesa, Arizona completion facility on August 31 to tender the keys to a brand new MD 500E Helicopter to the City of Columbus Police Department.

Source: Vertical, 22-Sep-09

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Paraguay Police order three helicopters, hopes for two more

Interior Minister Rafael Filizzola said during a news conference that the helicopters will be used primarily to support the work of ground staff, especially in cases of persecution, impenetrable fly zones and to conduct rescue work.

Source: Ultima Hora, 22-Sep-09

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Latest police role equipped MD Explorer at Helitech

Latest police role equipped MD Explorer at Helitech

UK based operator and support organisation Specialist Aviation Services SAS is Gold Sponsor at Helitech as it celebrates 25 years in business and will be displaying several MD 902 Explorers throughout next week, equipped in both air ambulance and police roles.

Source: Specialist Aviation Services, 18-Sep-09

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Sheriff’s helicopter ready for missions in Brunswick County

Two months later than expected, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office’s Bell OH-58 series helicopter – called “Brunswick Air One” – is now available.

Source: Star News, 18-Sep-09

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Tulare Police to get helicopter support

With the approval by the Tulare City Council, the city’s Police Department entered into an agreement with Blue Sky Aviation for helicopter support. Six other departments in the county joined the agreement.

Source: Visalia Times Delta, 18-Sep-09

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Kenya Police Air Wing stops flights after crash

The Kenya Police Air Wing has halted all training for new pilots after Monday night’s accident involving an instructor and his student in Nairobi.  Consequently, and because of the shortage of staff in the department, this means the force will now have to rely on the military to airlift its officers until a solution is… Read more »

Source: Daily Nation, 18-Sep-09

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Turkish Police MD600N

Turkish Police MD600N

Source: Airliners.net, 17-Sep-09

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