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First Santa Barbara County Sheriff helicopter pilot to retire

First Santa Barbara County Sheriff helicopter pilot to retire

After almost 35 years of service, Sheriff’s Sgt. Gregg Weitzman of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff/Fire Air Support Unit announced he will retire early in the new year. Sgt. Weitzman’s first introduction to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office was as a reserve deputy while attending UCSB.  Even at age 21, he knew he wanted… Read more »

Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff, 03-Jan-18

Santa Barbara County Supervisor defends aviation unit

Santa Barbara County Supervisor defends aviation unit

Santa Barbara County Supervisor Janet Wolf is standing by the newly combined Aviation Unit despite some critics who say crews from the fire and sheriff’s department’s are not working well together. (see full story)

Source: KEYT, 12-Oct-12

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Santa Barbara Sheriff awarded for 10 years of Night Vision

Santa Barbara Sheriff awarded for 10 years of Night Vision

The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Aviation Unit is being honored for more than 10 years of safe flying while using night vision equipment to protect the public. In 1998, the Sheriff’s Aviation Unit increased its ability to run operations after sundown when it purchased four pairs of night vision goggles thanks to a special grant through… Read more »

Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff, 18-Apr-11

FLIR Donates Infrared Camera to Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Aviation Unit

FLIR Donates Infrared Camera to Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Aviation Unit

“This newer generation camera will allow us to see even farther at night than before,” said Senior Deputy and pilot  George DeLuca. “It will definitely have an impact on our lifesaving abilities when we work with the sheriff’s volunteer Search and Rescue Team”

Source: Noozhawk, 15-Apr-10