13-Jul-2012 Source: American Eurocopter
At this yearâ€™s ALEA Conference in Reno, American Eurocopter will be showcasing the performance and technology available in its product offerings for airborne law enforcement. Two helicopters will be featured on American Eurocopterâ€™s booth #112: an AS350Â® B3 from the Placer County Sheriffâ€™s Department Air Support Unit and an EC120Â® from the Fresno Police Department Air Support Unit â€“ â€œSkywatch.â€
The AS350 series has become the helicopter of choice for airborne law enforcement in the United States. The AS350 B3 offers high-performance with multi-mission capability, which makes it the aircraft operated by agencies like the Placer County Sheriffâ€™s Department Air Support Unit. It chose the AS350 B3 for the aircraftâ€™s cabin size, multi-mission flexibility and hot & high performance. The Arriel 2B1 engine with dual-channel FADEC produces 847 shp, which allows the AS350 B3 to conduct high-altitude missions with the safety benefit of a large power reserve. The mission equipment suite on Placer Countyâ€™s aircraft includes a high-definition thermal imager, searchlight and moving map system. The Air Support Unit also added a 500-lb. rescue hoist that is regularly utilized in search & rescue operations throughout the countyâ€™s 1500 square miles, in addition to a cargo hook for sling load operations of seized marijuana and other payload.
The EC120 offers a high-technology, low-cost solution for airborne law enforcement patrol and Homeland Security missions, such as those flown by the Fresno Police Department Air Support Unit, Skywatch. It operates a pair of EC120s to patrol the skies over Fresno. The EC120â€™s FenestronÂ® provides excellent tail rotor authority for pilots, while minimizing the aircraftâ€™s noise signature and increasing the ability for â€œSkywatchâ€ flight crews to arrive on-scene with little warning to criminal suspects on the ground. Extensive use of composites keeps aircraft weight down to increase useful load for a wide variety of missions. Fresno PD EC120s are equipped with thermal imagers, searchlights, moving map and public address systems. The Arrius 2F engine in the EC120 has earned a reputation for low operating and maintenance costs and for a reliability which translates to optimal aircraft availability.
American Eurocopterâ€™s wide product line has become the reference standard for U.S. airborne law enforcement. For more information on industry leading helicopters, stop by American Eurocopterâ€™s ALEA booth #112.
About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is the U.S. affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer and markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and parapublic helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. Company headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS.