19-Jul-2016 Source: Airbus
Airbus Helicopters are exhibiting the Seminole County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office H125 AStar at the 2016 Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Annual Conference and Expo in Savannah, Ga., July 18-23.
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office operates two H125’s (formerly AS350 B3e) to conduct a wide variety of law enforcement missions, including patrol, search & rescue and aerial firefighting with a Bambi bucket. Airbus Helicopters Inc. produced the Seminole Sheriff’s H125 at the company’s Columbus, Miss. production facility. Metro Aviation, in Shreveport, La., installed the law enforcement completion package.
“The H125 has been a workhorse for our agency,” said Sgt. Steve Farris, Chief Pilot of the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit. “The power and performance of the H125 make it easy for us to perform all of our missions. And the support that we get from Airbus Helicopters with spare parts and training has been excellent.”
“The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office has been our customer for over 10 years, and their H125 has proven to be reliable and mission-ready to support the deputies on the ground,” said Ed Van Winkle, Director of Market Segment Sales for Airbus Helicopters Inc. “The tail rotor authority of the H125, combined with the power of the Arriel 2D engine, gives SCSO pilots the capability to conduct hoist operations and firefighting in the heat and humidity of central Florida, while still providing a significant safety margin.”