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UK – Police Service of Northern Ireland start using unmanned drones

UK – Police Service of Northern Ireland start using unmanned drones

A drone aircraft has been used in a security operation for the first time in Northern Ireland policing since the G8 summit. The PSNI confirmed that the technology was used to help public safety as a “small, viable device” was defused in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast. see full story

Source: Belfast Telegraph, 08-Nov-13

Police Service of Northern Ireland order second EC145

Police Service of Northern Ireland order second EC145

The acquisition of an EC145 by the Police Service of Northern Ireland will add another helicopter to this agency’s all-Eurocopter fleet, and reinforces the company’s impressive presence with law enforcement agencies in the British Isles. This latest rotary-wing aircraft is to be delivered in the first half of 2013, joining the Police Service of Northern… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 15-Mar-13

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Police Service of Northern Ireland adds BK117

Police Service of Northern Ireland adds BK117

A month ago it looked as if the Devon & Cornwall BK117C-1 was destined to join the Avon Fire Brigade but then the hand of fate stepped in and the PSNI messed up their leased AS355F2 G-SEWP flying in bad weather in the Mourne Mountains. The Veritair supplied Squirrel was easily replaced by one of… Read more »

Source: Police Aviation News, 17-Jan-11

28-Oct-10 G-SEWP Eurocopter AS355F2 Hilltown, UK

The pilot lost control of the helicopter whilst manoeuvring at low speed to approach a hilltop landing site in quite strong wind conditions.  The investigation determined that an error of judgement or perception led the pilot to attempt a downwind approach. A combination of human factors was thought to have contributed to the accident.

28-Oct-10