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Yamhill County dismantles helicopter program

Yamhill County dismantles helicopter program

County sold the three nonflying OH-58A+ units on eBay in December and has now disposed of the fourth and last aircraft to Sacramento Police Dept (see full story)  File photo

Source: Yamhill Valley News-Register, 28-Feb-12

Politician commits to full-time Queensland Police helicopter, subject to election

Politician commits to full-time Queensland Police helicopter, subject to election

A new Labor Government will invest $7.5 million over the next three years to provide a permanent police helicopter for the Gold Coast. Premier Anna Bligh said the trial of a police helicopter currently underway on the coast had proven the use of the aircraft was beneficial to fighting crime in the area. “In July… Read more »

Source: Queensland Labor, 27-Feb-12

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California Aviation Services to train future police pilots

California Aviation Services to train future police pilots

After 9 years of helicopter service to the City of Fontana, California Aviation Services, Inc is expanding its flight school operation to include specialized police pilot helicopter training courses. In 2003, Leo Bell (15 year police veteran and founder of California Aviation Services, Inc) entered into a contract with the City of Fontana Ca, to… Read more »

Source: California Aviation Services, 26-Feb-12

UK – North West Air Support gets confused by Twitter

UK – North West Air Support gets confused by Twitter

North West Air Support group prepares for the impending NPAS National Police Air Service with a new Twitter account @NWCopter – complete with photo of Greater Manchester Police’s MD902, 159 followers, but no tweets yet.  We also notice similarly named accounts @GMCopter for the Greater Manchester Police- one test tweet 29th July 2011 @LancsCopter for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 24-Feb-12

Chicago Fire and Police Depts order Vislink surveillance technology

Chicago Fire and Police Depts order Vislink surveillance technology

Vislink has won a major order from Motorola Solutions, Inc. to fulfill Motorola’s contract with the City of Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) to equip Chicago Fire and Police Department helicopters with airborne surveillance technology in advance of the city’s hosting of the Group of Eight (G8) and NATO Summits in May… Read more »

Source: Vislink, 22-Feb-12

Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau orders two AW139s

Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau orders two AW139s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau has signed a contract for two AW139 medium twin helicopters. These aircraft, which add to one AW109 Power and two CA109 Power light twins already in service with this customer, will be used to perform law enforcement, fire fighting and… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Feb-12

UK – Sussex Police Authority wins better air support for residents

UK – Sussex Police Authority wins better air support for residents

At their meeting on 16 February Sussex Police Authority celebrated a victory for the people of Sussex. The Authority, who had rejected a proposal for a National Police Air Service (NPAS) at a meeting last year, has succeeded in securing the best possible police air service for the people of Sussex. The original proposal would… Read more »

Source: Sussex Police Authority, 21-Feb-12

Columbus Police order new MD500E, option on another

Columbus Police order new MD500E, option on another

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), a leading manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters, has announced that the City of Columbus, Ohio has ordered an MD 500E for delivery in 2012 and an option for a second aircraft to be delivered in 2013. This purchase represents the thirteenth and fourteenth MD 500E in active service in accordance… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 20-Feb-12

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Kansas City Police orders three new MD500Es

Kansas City Police orders three new MD500Es

MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), a leading manufacturer of commercial and military helicopters, has announced that the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners has approved the purchase of three MD 500E helicopters for use by the Police Patrol Support Unit for airborne law enforcement. The selection of MD Helicopters was made after a six month RFP… Read more »

Source: MD Helicopters, 20-Feb-12

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South Yorkshire Police considers legal challenge over helicopter

South Yorkshire Police considers legal challenge over helicopter

South Yorkshire Police Authority’s chief executive Bill Wilkinson says they  “ considered in detail the business case provided last year and whilst not against the principle of a national police air service, decided to retain the current air provision in South Yorkshire.  Legal advice has also been sought surrounding the authority’s options to challenge the… Read more »

Source: Yorkshire Post, 15-Feb-12

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Four more AW139s for Japan, including two for Police

Four more AW139s for Japan, including two for Police

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the signing of contracts for four additional AW139 medium twin helicopters in Japan through its distributor Mitsui Bussan Aerospace. Two of the AW139s will be designated for the civil market and two will be operated by the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) to perform multi-role law enforcement… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 14-Feb-12

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Broward County Sheriff orders third EC135

Broward County Sheriff orders third EC135

American Eurocopter today announced the purchase of an EC135â„¢ helicopter by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) in Florida, the third EC135 in its fleet and the fourth Eurocopter aircraft overall. The BCSO helicopter is an eye in the sky for deputies on the street and a vital lifesaving tool in medical emergencies. Last year… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 12-Feb-12

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Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Exceeds 10,000 Flight Hours

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Exceeds 10,000 Flight Hours

American Eurocopter today announced the Hillsborough County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) has exceeded 10,000 hours of flight time on its fleet of aircraft from American Eurocopter — three AS350 B2’s and one EC120. Since the delivery of the first AS350 in September 2002, the HCSO has utilized its fleet to answer more than 17,000 calls… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 12-Feb-12

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LA Sheriff installs 12 Air Comm aircon systems

LA Sheriff installs 12 Air Comm aircon systems

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Aero Bureau has completed installation of new Air Comm air conditioning systems for the Bureau’s 12 recently purchased American Eurocopter AS350B2 AStar helicopters.  The LASD selected Air Comm in a competitive bid to equip the new AStar fleet with air conditioning systems that meet the Air Bureau’s rigorous… Read more »

Source: Air Comm, 12-Feb-12

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ALEA and ALEAC to Host Accreditation Awards Ceremony at Heli-Expo 2012

ALEA and ALEAC to Host Accreditation Awards Ceremony at Heli-Expo 2012

Please join the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (ALEAC) and the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) at Heli-Expo 2012 for a special Accreditation Awards ceremony and media event honoring the first two law enforcement agencies to successfully complete the Airborne Law Enforcement Accreditation Process. The Presidents of both the ALEAC and ALEA will present Accreditation… Read more »

Source: ALEA, 11-Feb-12

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Robinson releases details of R66 Police variant

Robinson releases details of R66 Police variant

Robinson have now put a two-page PDF format brochure of the R66 Police helicopter on their website for all to view. The details on the police role equipment (ie over and above the standard R66 spec) are listed below from that brochure The demonstrator is registered N660PD, serial 0101 Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com . FACTORY-INSTALLED… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Feb-12

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All Metal MS collaborates with Spectrolab on gimbal searchlight rack

All Metal MS collaborates with Spectrolab on gimbal searchlight rack

All Metal MS, a global leader in the development and manufacturing of safety first custom maintenance stands, maintenance support equipment and hangar equipment, has utilized Spectrolab, Inc. to demonstrate All Metal’s product that supports Gimbal Searchlight installation/removal and maintenance. The All Metal Gimbal Searchlight Rack is an innovative rack that allows for the easy installation, removal, storage… Read more »

Source: All Metal MS, 10-Feb-12

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Kenya Police AS350B3e has fist Donaldson IBF in Africa

Kenya Police AS350B3e has fist Donaldson IBF in Africa

The first AS350B3e in Africa is flying with the first Donaldson AS350B3e Inlet Barrier Filter (IBF) system on the continent. Donaldson Aerospace & Defense, a division of Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE: DCI) delivered the advanced filtration system via Eurocopter South Africa for installation on the Kenya Police Air-Wing’s new aircraft. Donaldson’s AS350 IBF will be… Read more »

Source: Donaldson, 10-Feb-12

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EASA certifies Dart law enforcement components for AS350, B206 and B407

EASA certifies Dart law enforcement components for AS350, B206 and B407

DART Helicopter Services (DHS) is pleased to announce EASA approval of Geneva’s ENG and Law Enforcement completion components for Eurocopter AS350, 355, and Bell 206A/B, 206L and 407 series aircraft. Geneva’s receipt of the EASA approvals will allow European operators to take advantage of Geneva’s many ENG and law enforcement equipment solutions. All components are… Read more »

Source: DART Helicopter Service, 09-Feb-12

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Trakka Corp unveils stabilized searchlight: Another industry first

Trakka Corp unveils stabilized searchlight: Another industry first

Trakka Corp proudly announces another industry first with its stabilized searchlight for airborne applications. The Trakkabeam® A800, widely known and accepted as the superior searchlight solution for Law Enforcement, SAR, and military missions is now offered with a stabilization option. Platform stabilization greatly reduces flight crew workload by eliminating most of the attitude correction required… Read more »

Source: Trakka Corp, 08-Feb-12

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Westchester County PD selects Becker DVCS6100 for new Bell 407

Westchester County PD selects Becker DVCS6100 for new Bell 407

Westchester County (NY) Police Department recently decided to equip their new Bell 407 patrol helicopter with the Becker Avionics Digital Voice Communication System, the DVCS6100. The aircraft currently is undergoing completion at Bell Helicopter Piney Flats, TN and will deliver in the first half of this year. Westchester County’s aircraft is the fist Bell 407… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 06-Feb-12

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BMS and AeroComputers integrate special mission products

BMS and AeroComputers integrate special mission products

Broadcast Microwave Services, Inc. (BMS) and AeroComputers Inc. recently completed an engineering effort to integrate special mission products which serve the law enforcement, public safety and government surveillance markets. BMS, a leading manufacturer of wireless video microwave communications systems for use with airborne law enforcement and public safety applications, features its Geo-Pointâ„¢ software capability used… Read more »

Source: Broadcast Microwave Services, 02-Feb-12

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Problems ahead for Wiltshire Police/Ambulance joint operation?

Problems ahead for Wiltshire Police/Ambulance joint operation?

Wiltshire Police operate an MD902 Explorer throughout their county for law enforcement operations.  They also operate it on a contract with the Great Western Ambulance Service to make the aircraft more cost effective by virtue of more flying hours per year – it currently flies around 600 hours per year, roughly half the UK average… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Jan-12

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Meths user gets 46 months for shooting at police helicopter

Meths user gets 46 months for shooting at police helicopter

Originally indicted by a federal grand jury for firing at an in-flight police helicopter, Michael P. McMichael, of Oklahoma City, was slapped with 46 months in prison for being a habitual methamphetamine user unlawfully in possession of a firearm, the FBI announced on Wednesday. (see full story)

Source: Tickle The Wire, 30-Jan-12

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York Regional Police upgrades moving map during EC120 overhaul

York Regional Police upgrades moving map during EC120 overhaul

As part of its 12-year Eurocopter-driven overhaul, York Regional Police are using the down-time on its EC120 to do some upgrades. Taken out of service at the end of November 2011, the three month grounding has provided the ideal opportunity for YRP to upgrade their moving-map system.  The force flies C-GYRP, serial 1086, known as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Jan-12

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Second AS350B2 handed over to Ecuador’s National Police

Second AS350B2 handed over to Ecuador’s National Police

Eurocopter’s Mexican subsidiary, Eurocopter de México S.A. (EMSA), delivered a single-engine AS350 B2 helicopter to the Quito Aerial Police Service, of the Ecuadorian National Police Force, for use on public security missions. The new aircraft was presented during a ceremony at the customer’s facilities in Quito which was attended by senior officials from Ecuador’s Ministry… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 27-Jan-12

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Robinson choose moving map for R66 Police version

Robinson choose moving map for R66 Police version

FMS is excited to share that the FMS Moving Map has been chosen by Robinson Helicopter Company for their Law Enforcement Demonstrator, R-66 helicopter Robinson wanted to go with a “Tried and True” system for the R-66 Police version that will be unveiled at Heli-Expo next month FMS President, Greg Taylor commented: “We are extremely… Read more »

Source: Flight Management Systems, 25-Jan-12

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Guidance Aviation donates R44 to Yavapai County Sheriff

Guidance Aviation donates R44 to Yavapai County Sheriff

On Friday, January 20, 2012, at 4:00pm local time, Guidance Aviation will be presenting to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) the newly painted Robinson R44 helicopter which Guidance Aviation donated to the YCSO in October, 2010.  This event is a part of the Guidance Aviation BBQ taking place at 6418 MacCurdy Drive, Prescott, AZ…. Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 20-Jan-12

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Georgia State Patrol helicopter moving to Augusta

Georgia State Patrol helicopter moving to Augusta

The Georgia State Patrol helicopter housed in Thomson soon will have a new hangar and pad at Augusta Regional Airport. (see full story)

Source: Augusta Chronicle, 18-Jan-12

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German Federal Police EC135 fleet reaches 100,000 hours

German Federal Police EC135 fleet reaches 100,000 hours

Eurocopter recognized the German Federal Police for reaching the 100,000 total flight hour mark with its EC135 fleet, which performs thousands of operations annually across Germany for law enforcement, home security and Helicopter Emergency Medical Services missions. “The flight time logged by the German Federal Police marks a true milestone for the EC135, as this… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 16-Jan-12

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UK: South Yorkshire Police publically refuse to accept NPAS

UK: South Yorkshire Police publically refuse to accept NPAS

There is a long term plan for the UK Police air support units to rationalise, and originally there was a target date of April 2012 put on this (see story).  In September 2011 we published a story reporting South Yorkshire Police were unhappy with the plans as they would lose their MD Explorer and airborne… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 16-Jan-12

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Civil liberties group sues FAA over drone surveillance

Civil liberties group sues FAA over drone surveillance

The Hill reported Jan. 11 that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a suit in Northern California’s U.S. District Court to force the FAA to release data about what groups have been given permission to fly higher than the FAA normally permits. Once drones enter controlled airspace (500 feet and above) they are required to have… Read more »

Source: HAI, 13-Jan-12

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Kenya Police Air Wing becomes first African AS350B3e customer

Kenya Police Air Wing becomes first African AS350B3e customer

The Kenya Police Air-Wing is expanding its airborne law enforcement and crime prevention unit with the delivery of a Eurocopter AS350 B3e Ecureuil helicopter. Kenya’s selection of the AS350 B3e, which is the enhanced version of Eurocopter’s successful AS350 model, follows an open and competitive tender won earlier this year by Eurocopter Southern Africa (Pty)… Read more »

Source: Eurocopter, 12-Jan-12

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Orange County sergeant and deputy investigated over helicopter use

Orange County sergeant and deputy investigated over helicopter use

An Orange County Sheriff’s probe into allegations that a department helicopter was used for a joy-ride is focusing on a Nov. 10 trip taken by supervising Sgt. Han O and a female deputy assigned to the Central Court. (see full story)

12-Jan-12

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FAA approves Onondaga County Sheriff to charge for service

FAA approves Onondaga County Sheriff to charge for service

The FAA’s change in Onondaga County’s Air 1 license opens the way for the helicopter service to begin charging insurance companies to take accident victims to hospitals, Sheriff Kevin E. Walsh said (see full story) – see also the ongoing series of stories about the survival, some may consider “against the odds” of this operation

Source: Post-Standard, 11-Jan-12

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Broward Sheriff’s Office puts in budget request for EC135

Broward Sheriff’s Office puts in budget request for EC135

​The Broward Commission are deciding whether the Broward Sheriff’s Office gets $6,505,593 for a new helicopter (see full story)

Source: Broward Palm Beach, 11-Jan-12

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Fairfax County B429 delivered with Becker DVCS6100 Airborne Digital Audio System

Fairfax County B429 delivered with Becker DVCS6100 Airborne Digital Audio System

Fairfax County Police Department near Washington DC recently took delivery of the first of two new Bell 429 light-twin law enforcement/EMS helicopters equipped with Becker Avionics Digital Audio System, the DVCS6100. Fairfax’s new 429 was completed and delivered by Paradigm Aerospace Corporation / PAC International in Mount Pleasant, PA. Their second 429 is currently undergoing… Read more »

Source: Becker Avionics, 10-Jan-12

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UK – South Yorkshire Police detail 2011 operational stats

UK – South Yorkshire Police detail 2011 operational stats

South Yorkshire Police has today released performance results for their Air Operations Unit providing an insight into the valuable work of the Force’s single most recognisable resource, the helicopter named SY99. In 2011, the South Yorkshire Police Air Operations Unit completed 4,832 separate tasks, made 319 arrests and assisted with the apprehension of a further… Read more »

Source: South Yorkshire Police, 06-Jan-12

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FAA poised to enable police to use UAVs domestically

FAA poised to enable police to use UAVs domestically

In January, the FAA is expected to issue new air space regulations allowing for the civilian use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Police departments are expected to be early and widespread users of the drones, but some are raising concerns about privacy. (see full story)

Source: PRI, 06-Jan-12

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Heli-Coder 4 new HD airborne transmitter from BMS

Heli-Coder 4 new HD airborne transmitter from BMS

Broadcast Microwave Services, Inc. (BMS) starts 2012 by announcing its next generation airborne transmitter, the Heli-Coder 4 (HC4). The product is designed for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, and is small enough that it can also be used in watercraft, land, unmanned air or ground vehicle applications. Among the new technological features in the HC4 are:… Read more »

Source: BMS, 06-Jan-12

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Turkish National Police selects Bell 429

Turkish National Police selects Bell 429

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today that it has been selected by the Turkish National Police from a field of several companies to enter final negotiations for an award for 15 Bell 429s with an option for five additional aircraft. “This selection represents the culmination of the efforts of a dedicated… Read more »

Source: Bell, 06-Jan-12

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Second police helicopter for Oslo delayed by red tape

Second police helicopter for Oslo delayed by red tape

Oslo won’t be getting its second police helicopter, promised and funded after last July’s terrorist attacks,  for several more months because of delays tied to mandatory bidding processes. (see full story).  The country currently operates an Ec135, and we assume (but have not confirmed) that the second aircraft will also be a 135. We also… Read more »

Source: Views and News from Norway, 05-Jan-12

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Sikorsky plans S-434 FAA certification early 2012

Sikorsky plans S-434 FAA certification early 2012

Sikorsky is anticipating FAA certification of the S-434 light turbine early this year.  The S-434 is an improved version of the S-333 with a four-blade head and 300 more pounds in gross weight, taking the total to 2,850 pounds all up.  Additionally it has a new tail rotor with 20% increased thrust, and structurally improved… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 04-Jan-12

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Azerbaijan President inspects new Border Service Mi-35s

Azerbaijan President inspects new Border Service Mi-35s

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today examined the new military helicopters, APA reports. The Head of State came to the Airport to familiarize himself with the new military helicopters.  Chief of the Azerbaijan`s State Border Service, lieutenant-general Elchin Guliyev briefed President Ilham Aliyev on the new helicopters` technical specifications and weapons.  Elchin Guliyev said… Read more »

Source: APA, 27-Dec-11

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US-NY: Suffolk County approves funds for another EC145

US-NY: Suffolk County approves funds for another EC145

The Suffolk County legislature has approved $7.5 million for a new helicopter for rescues on the east end, according to media reports.  HeliHub.com believes this would equate to a Eurocopter EC145 to match the existing aircraft on EMS duties, although it is likely they will go through the expected procurement process with multiple types before… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Dec-11

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PSNI to build helipad in Enniskillen police station

PSNI to build helipad in Enniskillen police station

Police Service of Northern Ireland say that having a helipad in County Fermanagh will mean the aircraft can be refuelled at any time without having to return to its base.  Two other remote landing pads are in operation – at Mahon Road in Portadown and Maydown, near Londonderry. (see full story) CAA photo

23-Dec-11

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Obituary – Charles “Chuck” Perriguey Jr.

Obituary – Charles “Chuck” Perriguey Jr.

Charles D. “Chuck” Perriguey Jr. died July 16, 2011 at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif. at the age of 66. Chuck was born in Glendale, Calif. on Feb. 15, 1945. He attended the San Gabriel High School and East L.A. College before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1965. Chuck was selected for… Read more »

Source: HAI, 21-Dec-11

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Costa Rica issues RFI for pair of 6-seat helicopters

Costa Rica issues RFI for pair of 6-seat helicopters

Solicitation Number:  W58RGZ-12-R-0135 Notice Type:  Sources Sought Synopsis: Added: Dec 07, 2011 4:24 pm Synopsis: The Army Contracting Command – Redstone Arsenal (ACC-RSA) is seeking information to identify potential sources which may possess the expertise, capabilities and experience to meet the requirements for production and delivery of two (2) new Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) rotary… Read more »

Source: FedBizOpps, 20-Dec-11

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Belgian Federal Police reaches 20,000 hours

Belgian Federal Police reaches 20,000 hours

The MD900 fleet operated by the Belgian Federal Police has now reached 20,000 hours. Originally acquired by what was then the Gendarmerie in 1997 the fleet now consists of four airframes. The first two G-10 c/n 900-00034 and G-11 c/n 900-00045 were delivered new in 1997, the third to arrive was G12 c/n 900-00038 in… Read more »

Source: Police Aviation News, 20-Dec-11

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Alaska State Troopers budget for AS350

Alaska State Troopers budget for AS350

Alaska State Troopers want a bigger, better, faster, tougher helicopter for their Fairbanks-based operations. They’ve already convinced Gov. Sean Parnell that the $3 million aircraft is necessary. He included money for it in his proposed 2013 budget — a spending plan he described Thursday as focused on true needs over mere wants. (see full story)

Source: Alaska Dispatch, 19-Dec-11

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Bell delivers first 429 with multi-mission configuration

Bell delivers first 429 with multi-mission configuration

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today it has delivered the first Bell 429 with a multi-mission configuration to Fairfax County, Virginia. This is the first of two Bell 429s being delivered to Fairfax County. Their second Bell 429 is expected to deliver in the second quarter of 2012. This multi-role Bell… Read more »

Source: Bell, 16-Dec-11

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Bangladesh Police to go airborne with two Bell 407s

Bangladesh Police to go airborne with two Bell 407s

Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion is to acquire a pair of new Bell 407s, providing airborne law enforcment capability for the first time in this Asian country.  Commander M Sohail of the RAB has confirmed that the police authorities signed a contract with Bell Helicopter Asia on June 23rd 2011.  The deal, valued at 57 crore… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 12-Dec-11

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New Jersey State Police auction five S76Bs

New Jersey State Police auction five S76Bs

As New Jersey State Police take delivery of their new fleet of AW139s, their retiring fleet of S76Bs are up for auction.  Rightly or wrongly, they have chosen to sell all five S76Bs as one lot.  All are EMS configured with dual litter capability, four attendant/cabin seats, suction system, LOX, shore power, plug-type sliding cabin… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 06-Dec-11

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Shanghai targets city fleet of 15 helicopters by 2020

Shanghai targets city fleet of 15 helicopters by 2020

From a current fleet of four, a total of 15 helicopters will be in place by 2020, said the Aviation Force of the Shanghai police yesterday. The next new helicopter should be a firefighting Ka32 for delivery in 2012 (see full story).  The current fleet includes two EC135s and the EC155 photo’d here for the… Read more »

Source: East Day, 29-Nov-11

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India’s State of Orissa looks at feasibility of UAV use

India’s State of Orissa looks at feasibility of UAV use

Tata Advanced Systems have made a presentation on UAV technology to a meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sri Bijay Kumar Patnaik (see full story)

Source: Orissa Diary, 22-Nov-11

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City of Fontana to be first police R66 customer?

City of Fontana to be first police R66 customer?

The Californian city of Fontana is putting a budget request in this week for two police-role helicopters, a low-time Robinson R44 with just 140 airframe hours, and a new R66. Police Chief Rodney Jones is preparting to ask city council’s approval on Tuesday to use $500,000 in asset seizure funds to purchase the near-new R44… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Nov-11

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Arlington police get OK to buy drone helicopters

Arlington police get OK to buy drone helicopters

The Arlington Police Department got approval Tuesday from the City Council to spend just over $202,000 from a federal grant to buy two small unmanned aircraft. (see full story)

Source: Star Telegram, 17-Nov-11

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Orange County Sheriff’s Dept investigates helicopter misuse

Orange County Sheriff’s Dept investigates helicopter misuse

The investigation, confirmed by sheriff’s spokesman John McDonald, was sparked by a typed letter that alleges the helicopter supervisor flew his girlfriend around Orange County. (see full story)

Source: Orange County Register, 12-Nov-11

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Brazil trains Angolan Police pilots and engineers

Brazil trains Angolan Police pilots and engineers

In a ceremony in Luanda on Tuesday 8th November, thirteen new pilots were presented by Angolan National Police aviation commander João Lello to general commissioner Ambrosio de Lemos.  In his speech to those present, Mr Lello said that the pilots had been trained in Brazil along with twenty maintenance engineers.  A further nine pilots and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Nov-11

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Miami-Dade Police receive fourth AS350B3

Miami-Dade Police receive fourth AS350B3

American Eurocopter announced today that the Miami-Dade Police Department’s (MDPD) Aviation Unit has taken delivery of another AS350 B3 helicopter. This is the fourth AS350 B3, and it will join the department’s Special Patrol Bureau’s Aviation Unit that includes a fleet of rotary and fixed wing aircraft. “MDPD’s selection of the AS350 B3 demonstrates the… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 01-Nov-11

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Erie County Sheriff buys HeliWagon dolly

Erie County Sheriff buys HeliWagon dolly

Erie County Sheriff’s Department in NY state has approved funding of $31,000 to purchase a HeliWagon remote-controlled self-propelled landing dolly.  The option to repair their current 40-year old dolly to acceptable standards was more expensive. Erie County Sheriff operates two helicopters.  “Air 1” is a 2001 build Eurocopter AS350B2 registered N338SD which has been on… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 31-Oct-11

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Montgomery County Sheriff adds ShadowHawk UAV

Montgomery County Sheriff adds ShadowHawk UAV

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will receive a ShadowHawk® Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) from Vanguard Defense Industries at 11:00AM Friday, October 28, 2011.  The delivery is scheduled to take place at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office located at #1 Criminal Justice Drive, Conroe, Texas 77301. Media will be able to learn about this exciting new… Read more »

Source: Montgomery County Sheriff, 28-Oct-11

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AeroVironment launches the Qube Small UAV for law enforcement

AeroVironment launches the Qube Small UAV for law enforcement

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) today introduced the QubeTM portable UAS for use in public safety applications such as law enforcement and first response. Small enough to fit easily in the trunk of a car, the Qube system can be unpacked, assembled and ready for flight in less than five minutes, giving the operator a rapidly… Read more »

Source: AeroVironment, 28-Oct-11

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New FAA web page to streamline laser reporting

New FAA web page to streamline laser reporting

Washington, D.C. – In a continuing effort to combat the growing problem of lasers directed at aircraft, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has created a new website to make it easier for pilots and the public to report laser incidents and obtain information on the subject, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced today. The website, which… Read more »

Source: FAA, 27-Oct-11

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City to pay $245K in police whistle-blower case

City to pay $245K in police whistle-blower case

Former officer Samuel K. Miller, wrote a memo in 2006 criticizing the Police Department for failing to properly train officers in the helicopter unit and to properly maintain the helicopters. The settlement includes a $120,000 payment to Miller and $125,000 in legal fees and other costs (see full story)

Source: Baltimore Sun, 27-Oct-11

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Brazil: State of Parana adds second EC130

Brazil: State of Parana adds second EC130

Helibras has this week delivered a second EC130 to the State Government of Parana, for operation by their Public Safety department.  Like the first aircraft it will have joint law enforcement and air ambulance roles as it starts operatinos today – Thursday 27th October. Lt. Col. Orlando Artur da Costa, Commander of the Parana State… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Oct-11

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Night Flight Concepts unveils aviation laser defense solutions

Night Flight Concepts unveils aviation laser defense solutions

Night Flight Concepts announced today at the “Laser Illumination of Aircraft Conference, a Growing Threat” a new suite of products, Laser ArmorTM. These new optical systems for laser defense offer equipment and training options to help aviation organizations defend against laser attacks. Laser Armorâ„¢ aids in the planning and implementation of a coordinated response that… Read more »

Source: Night Flight Concepts, 27-Oct-11

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LAPD Air Support opens online store

LAPD Air Support opens online store

Due to overwhelming demand for air support memorabilia, the Los Angeles Police Department Air Support Division has launched online store, www.LAPDairsupport.com.  All proceeds from merchandise sold on the site go directly into the Air Support Angel’s Foundation account which is a certified 501(c)(3) organization. The Los Angeles Police Department Air Support Division (ASD) is the largest… Read more »

Source: Los Angeles Police Dept, 27-Oct-11

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Colombia’s National Police orders three Black Hawks

Colombia’s National Police orders three Black Hawks

Colombia’s National Police has ordered three Sikorsky UH-60L Black Hawks, according to Infodefensa.com The helicopters will be operated by the Anti-Narcotics Police Directorate for use in detection and monitoring missions derived from drug trafficking activities.  Deliveries are scheduled from January 2012. The three were purchased by the Colombian military under a “Special Projects” budget category. … Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 27-Oct-11

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Brazil puts EC725 into operation

Brazil puts EC725 into operation

In a joint operation between Brazil’s Army and Federal Police, a recently-acquired Eurocopter EC725 – known locally as the H-36 – was used operationally for the first time. The mission involved the rescue of seven people being held hostage near the town of Jacareacanga by a group from the Indian Kayabi tribe – all linked… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 26-Oct-11

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Eurocopter confirms Baltimore Police EC120 order

Eurocopter confirms Baltimore Police EC120 order

What follows is the formal press release from American Eurocopter, issued today.  However, HeliHub.com broke this story five weeks ago on 22nd September – see here. American Eurocopter announced today that the Baltimore Police Department has ordered four EC120’s to update its current fleet of four aircraft. The department is one of the leading law… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 24-Oct-11

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Shimane Prefecture orders EC145

Shimane Prefecture orders EC145

The prefecture of Shimane, towards the west of Japan’s north coast, has ordered an EC145 which will be supplied from the local production line of Kawasaki Heavy Industries.    Shimane currently operates a KB117B2 registered JA6723 which they bought in 1994. C E Ishu – HeliHub.com Tokyo correspondent

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Oct-11

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American Eurocopter showcases EC120 and AS350 at IACP 2011

American Eurocopter showcases EC120 and AS350 at IACP 2011

At this year’s International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) convention in Chicago, American Eurocopter will be prominently displaying an EC120 from Lake County Sheriff’s Department (Indiana). The aircraft will be featured on American Eurocopter’s booth #871. Lake County purchased the EC120 to rejuvenate its fleet of aging military surplus helicopters with the most modern… Read more »

Source: American Eurocopter, 23-Oct-11

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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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HAI’s Law Enforcement Award

HAI’s Law Enforcement Award

For more than 50 years, HAI has recognized the outstanding achievements and exceptional merits of individuals and organizations through the Salute to Excellence Awards program. There is still a little time to submit nominations for the 2012 program, to be held Feb. 13 during HELI-EXPO 2012 in Dallas, Texas. The MD Helicopters Law Enforcement Award recognizes… Read more »

Source: HAI, 19-Oct-11

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