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29-Jul-15 N6095U Airbus AS350B2 Tucson, US-Arizona

The Customs and Border Patrol Instructor Pilot demonstrated an autorotation, yet misjudged the flare. Helicopter destroyed

29-Jul-15

Former pilot concerned about safety of border flights

Former pilot concerned about safety of border flights

For law enforcement, they are a valuable resource. We’re talking about helicopters, used not only by police and sheriff’s departments, but also by Customs and Border Protection. See Full Story

Source: KVOA, 12-Mar-15

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US Customs accept first of eight overhauled UH-1N helicopters

US Customs accept first of eight overhauled UH-1N helicopters

U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Air and Marine (OAM) received the first of eight completely overhauled UH-1N twin-engine helicopters this week. This economical overhaul allows OAM to maintain critical capabilities necessary for the security of the American people, while saving valuable taxpayer dollars. The approximate cost for the overhaul is $1.3 million per… Read more »

Source: CBP, 17-Feb-15

CBP Receives Latest Black Hawk UH-60 “L” Model

CBP Receives Latest Black Hawk UH-60 “L” Model

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine (OAM) recently took delivery of its third operational Sikorsky UH-60L model helicopter as part of a recapitalization effort. CBP is in the process of extending the life of its aircraft by converting select UH-60A model helicopters to the UH-60L model. The helicopter will initially be… Read more »

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 29-May-14

17-Jan-14 N578AE Eurocopter AS350B3 Houlton, US-Maine

Emergency landing followed by uncontained engine failure and fire.  2 POB safely exited helicopter

17-Jan-14

10-Jan-14 N3948A Eurocopter AS350B3 Falfurrias, US-Texas

Emergency landing after pilot suspected (wrongly as it happens) an engine fire.  Helicopter ended up on its side.  3 POB all injured and to hospital.  US Customs & Border Patrol helicopter was reportedly on low level work

10-Jan-14

17-Dec-13 Picture Rocks, US-Arizona

Emergency landing, needed roading out from where it came down.

17-Dec-13

05-Nov-13 Eurocopter AS350B3 Roma, US-Texas

Emergency landing after damage to main rotor blades.  Helicopter was patrolling very close to the Mexican border when it was reportedly struck by rocks launched from the Mexican side.  Safe landing, no injuries

05-Nov-13

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Dept Homeland Security issues UAV impact assessment report

Dept Homeland Security issues UAV impact assessment report

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science &Technology (S&T) Directorate and the State of Oklahoma are partnering on the Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety (RAPS) project to test and evaluate Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) for potential use by the first responder community and DHS operational components. SUAS include small aircraft (typically under 55 pounds… Read more »

Source: Dept of Homeland Security, 27-Nov-12

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23-Nov-12 N3984A Eurocopter AS350B3 Scottsdale, US-Arizona

Tail boom damaged in off airport landing

23-Nov-12

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Jury finds defect in Eurocopter AS350B3 Flight Control System

Jury finds defect in Eurocopter AS350B3 Flight Control System

On Friday, November 16, 2012, an El Paso, Texas jury found a defective flight control component caused the fatal crash of a U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) Eurocopter AS350B3 helicopter on May 22, 2007.  The crash killed the pilot and critically injured the other crewmember. The two-week trial centered on claims by the pilot’s… Read more »

Source: YES Communications, 19-Nov-12

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18-Aug-12 N3939A Eurocopter AS350B3 Sunburst, US-Montana

Main driveshaft failure in low level hover

18-Aug-12

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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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Mexican military helicopter lands in Texas by mistake

Mexican military helicopter lands in Texas by mistake

A Mexican military helicopter landed Saturday afternoon at Laredo International Airport by mistake, said a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. (Full story)

Source: Houston Chronicle, 08-Aug-11

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Sikorsky delivers second UH-60 “A-A to L” update to US Customs & Border Protection Agency

Sikorsky delivers second UH-60 “A-A to L” update to US Customs & Border Protection Agency

BEEVILLE, Texas – Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) today delivered the second UH-60 aircraft that has undergone “A-A” to “L” recapitalization for use by the U.S. Customs & Border Protection Agency (CBP). Distinguished as the fifth helicopter off the original BLACK HAWK helicopter production line, this fully upgraded UH-60L model will execute national security missions mandated… Read more »

Source: Sikorsky, 03-Feb-11

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Lawyer says man who blinded helicopter pilot was “curious”

Lawyer says man who blinded helicopter pilot was “curious”

A lawyer for a Lynden man charged with temporarily blinding the crew of a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol helicopter during a mission last fall says he shined a spotlight at the helicopter out of curiosity.

Source: KIRO, 24-Jan-11

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Underwear man indicted for blinding Customs & Border Protection pilot

Underwear man indicted for blinding Customs & Border Protection pilot

A federal grand jury indicted Wayne Groen last week for allegedly interfering with the operation of an aircraft and two counts of incapacitating pilots while operating an aircraft. Both are federal crimes that carry a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

Source: The Northern Light, 20-Jan-11

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Underwear-clad man accused of blinding border patrol pilot with spotlight

Underwear-clad man accused of blinding border patrol pilot with spotlight

Wayne P. Groen was arrested by FBI agents, spotlight in hand, in his driveway, dressed only in underwear, said special agent Fred Guut.

Source: MyNorthWest, 20-Dec-10

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US Customs & Border Protection puts MD600 fleet into desert storage

US Customs & Border Protection puts MD600 fleet into desert storage

After investigating a number of leads, HeliHub.com can report that the US Customs & Border Protection “CBP”, part of the Dept of Homeland Security, have put their entire MD600 fleet into desert storage. They are located at AMARC – the Aerospace Maintenance And Regeneration Center facility managed by the US Air Force Material Command located… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Oct-10

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FBI probes laser lights aimed at US Customs & Border Protection AS350

FBI probes laser lights aimed at US Customs & Border Protection AS350

The helicopter pilot of a white and blue U.S. Customs and Border Protection AS350  flying over Madison Heights two weeks ago immediately called police there when a beam came into the cockpit, customs spokesman Kris Grogan said

Source: freep.com, 13-Sep-10

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Three Huey IIs delivered to US Customs & Border Protection

Three Huey IIs delivered to US Customs & Border Protection

Drug smugglers and illegal aliens face a more difficult future, as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine has just expanded and increased the capabilities of its helicopter fleet. ARINC Engineering Services, LLC, recently completed the delivery of three upgraded Huey II helicopters to the Office of Air and Marine… Read more »

Source: ARINC, 30-Aug-10

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09-Jun-10 N….. Eurocopter EC120 Abram, US-Texas

09-Jun-10

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U.S. Helicopter completing $14 million government contract

Company officials said workers spent about a year converting a former U.S. Army UH-1 Huey airframe into a Bell Huey II for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Source: Dothan Eagle, 27-Feb-10

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US Customs and Border Protection to Aid Air Security for Winter Olympics

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in coordination with the Transportation Security Administration, will support air security for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver by conducting inspections on U.S. registered general aviation aircraft seeking entry into Olympic airspace from the United States. In preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, the Canadian government will be establishing… Read more »

Source: US Customs and Border Protection, 05-Feb-10

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Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance Hosts Rollout of first US Customs & Border UH-60L Upgrade

Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance Hosts Rollout of first US Customs & Border UH-60L Upgrade

Sikorsky Aerospace Maintenance, a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company, today rolled out the first U.S. Customs & Border Protection Agency (CBP) UH-60 A-A to L recapitalization aircraft at its Chase Field Operations Center in Texas

Source: Sikorsky, 10-Dec-09

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Border Patrol Gets State Of The Art UH-60M Helicopter

Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Yesterday with a handshake and the passing of a log book and keys, representatives from the Utility Helicopter Project Office to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency marked the delivery of the first of four UH-60M aircraft that will enter CBP service by July 2010.

Source: US Army, 21-Aug-09

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American Eurocopter and its helicopters are praised by two key U.S. government operators

Source: American Eurocopter, 12-Jul-09

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American Eurocopter Deliveries to US Customs and Border Patrol Continue on Schedule

Source: American Eurocopter, 17-Jun-09

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U.S. Customs & Border Protection Takes Fourth AS350B3 on LEH Contract

Source: American Eurocopter, 15-May-09

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