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Tulsa Police restart air operations

Tulsa Police restart air operations

21-Jul-2010Source: News On 6

One of Tulsa’s police helicopters went back up in the air last week, and TPD says it is paying dividends.  It  has already assisted on a number of calls, but none more dramatic than a high-speed chase this past weekend.... Read more

Metro Aviation continues law enforcement completion market pursuit

Metro Aviation continues law enforcement completion market pursuit

20-Jul-2010Source: Metro Aviation

In the wake of another recent contract award for law enforcement completions from The State of Texas Department of Public Safety, Metro Aviation continues to refine its expertise in the market segment with new and innovative equipment integration and installation techniques. The company was also recently received competitive bid awards for law enforcement helicopter completions... Read more

Eurocopter hands over new EC135P2+ to West Midlands Police

Eurocopter hands over new EC135P2+ to West Midlands Police

19-Jul-2010Source: Eurocopter

On July 19, a brand new EC135 P2i was handed over to Assistant Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, Sharon Rowe, on the EADS/Eurocopter booth No. G12 in Hall 4 at the Farnborough International Air Show. The order for this aircraft had been placed in September 2009. Markus Steinke, Managing Director of Eurocopter UK Ltd.,... Read more

Bell Training Academy reduces training costs for US Airborne Law Enforcement Officers

Bell Training Academy reduces training costs for US Airborne Law Enforcement Officers

19-Jul-2010Source: Bell

The Bell Training Academy, the training academy for Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc (NYSE: TXT) company, has been added to the Government Service Administration’s (GSA) Acquisition schedule, thereby reducing the cost of training for law enforcement officers and simplifying the contracting process. Airborne law enforcement and other government customers can access the entire Bell Training... Read more

Bell boosts LongRanger performance, reducing upgrade kit price

Bell boosts LongRanger performance, reducing upgrade kit price

19-Jul-2010Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced the expansion of performance capabilities to its line of 206L single-engine helicopters with performance upgrade offerings to customers at a reduced price. Bell has spent the past year listening to customer feedback and evaluating the performance of this product line and as a result reduced the... Read more

United Rotorcraft Solutions supporting airborne law enforcement

United Rotorcraft Solutions supporting airborne law enforcement

17-Jul-2010Source: United Rotorcraft Solutions

United Rotorcraft Solutions (URS) continues to support airborne law enforcement with maintenance, modifications and equipment upgrades. For the DEA, URS has performed maintenance on AS350’s, Bell 407’s, Bell 412’s and MD 500’s, Night Vision Lighting Modifications on Bell 407’s and AS 350’s and avionics upgrades on Bell 407’s, AS350’s and MD500’s.  The Texas DPS brought... Read more

American Eurocopter’s AS350 Simulator Chosen for ALEA’s Advanced Tactical Flight Officer Course

American Eurocopter’s AS350 Simulator Chosen for ALEA’s Advanced Tactical Flight Officer Course

17-Jul-2010Source: American Eurocopter

At the Airborne Law Enforcement Association Annual Conference in Tucson, Arizona, American Eurocopter and ALEA announced that American Eurocopter’s new AS350 flight and mission training simulator will be used for ALEA’s Advanced Tactical Flight Officer training course. The course will be presented by ALEA staff at American Eurocopter’s Training Center in Grand Prairie, Texas. American... Read more

Fairfax man accused of shining son’s laser at police helicopter

Fairfax man accused of shining son’s laser at police helicopter

7-Jul-2010Source: NBC Washington

A grand jury is expected to decide whether Raymond Jeffrey Poli should stand trial.... Read more

California’s ABLE consortium face budget cut

California’s ABLE consortium face budget cut

7-Jul-2010Source: LA Times

The joint helicopter program, called Airborne Law Enforcement (ABLE), is considered a key part of both cities’ policing effort, and cuts in the amount of airborne time could hurt the departments’ effectiveness, Costa Mesa Sgt. Tim Starn said.... Read more

British man convicted of shining light at police helicopter

British man convicted of shining light at police helicopter

6-Jul-2010Source: Gazette Live

A man who shone a high-powered lamp at a police helicopter could face prison.  Michael Kevin Renney was accused of twice shining the light into the skies, hitting the cockpit of the Cleveland Police aircraft.... Read more

Aero Dynamix, Inc. to Exhibit at ALEA

Aero Dynamix, Inc. to Exhibit at ALEA

6-Jul-2010Source: Aero Dynamix

Aero Dynamix, Inc., (ADI) the leader in Night Vision Technology is proud to announce that we are now a North American MSA Gallet Helmet Dealer under Tiger Performance Products, Inc. In our efforts to truly be your one-stop-shop for Night Vision Systems, ADI has partnered with Tiger Performance to provide you a wide array of... Read more

Contra Costa County Sheriff completes Initial NVG Qualification Course

Contra Costa County Sheriff completes Initial NVG Qualification Course

5-Jul-2010

Night Flight Concepts traveled to Contra Costa County California this month to provide night vision goggle (NVG) training to the Sheriff’s Aviation Unit.   The Air Support Unit of the Contra Costa (CoCo) County Sheriff’s Office has two helicopters that provide law enforcement reconnaissance, rescue, and support to all public safety agencies within the County.  The Sheriff’s Office uses “Star... Read more

Police Aviation News – July 2010 edition

Police Aviation News – July 2010 edition

1-Jul-2010Source: Police Aviation News

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Czech Police mark 75 years flying, and EC135 milestone

Czech Police mark 75 years flying, and EC135 milestone

1-Jul-2010Source: Eurocopter

The Czech Police Aviation Department (CPAD) is celebrating two key milestones this month: its 75th year of service, and the 10,000th flight hour logged by the department’s Eurocopter EC135 helicopter fleet. With the CPAD’s broad operational responsibilities – which range from aerial surveillance and emergency medical airlift to firefighting and search & rescue – its... Read more

La Salle County Board to decide whether OH-58 will fly

La Salle County Board to decide whether OH-58 will fly

30-Jun-2010Source: My Web Times

Whether to sponsor a helicopter on behalf of the Law Enforcement Coalition is now set to be decided by the La Salle County Board at its meeting on Thursday, July 8.  The county’s role would be to sponsor, not pay for, a military surplus OH-58 [file photo]... Read more

Scottish Police fury as laser pen offender escapes prison sentence

Scottish Police fury as laser pen offender escapes prison sentence

28-Jun-2010Source: Daily Record

Police leaders reacted with fury yesterday after a teenager who aimed a laser pen at a police helicopter escaped with a £500 fine.  Call centre worker Anthony Boyle, 19, had been warned he faced jail for the potentially lethal stunt.... Read more

California teen pleads not guilty to laser charge

California teen pleads not guilty to laser charge

25-Jun-2010Source: San Bernardino Sun

Martin Anthony Perez, 18, was arrested May 8 after police say he shined a laser at a Fontana police helicopter in the area of Alder and San Bernardino avenues.... Read more

Brazil’s 12th Military Police Battalion takes delivery of MD500E

Brazil’s 12th Military Police Battalion takes delivery of MD500E

25-Jun-2010Source: clicRBS

The helicopter model MD500 that Governor Yeda Crusius delivered to the 12th Military Police Battalion (12th Battalion) on Thursday morning [File photo]... Read more

Kern County Sheriff Air-5 rescue crew receive top honours

Kern County Sheriff Air-5 rescue crew receive top honours

21-Jun-2010Source: Kern County Sheriff

On June 11, 2010, the flight crew from the Kern County Sheriff rescue helicopter, Air-5, were recognized with top-honors at the Kern County Law Enforcement Foundation’s annual awards dinner. Pilot Berto Penaloza and Deputy Tim Caughron were awarded Exceptional Officer of the Year awards, and Deputy Jason Nelson received the Medal of Valor award. The... Read more

Police Aviation News – PAvCon 2010 special edition

Police Aviation News – PAvCon 2010 special edition

20-Jun-2010Source: Police Aviation News

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South Wales & Gwent Police tweet every helicopter task

South Wales & Gwent Police tweet every helicopter task

9-Jun-2010Source: Wales Online

The South Wales and Gwent Police EC135 helicopter crew now has a twitter feed that reports on what it’s been covering.... Read more

Turkey orders two EC145s for airport security tasks

Turkey orders two EC145s for airport security tasks

9-Jun-2010Source: Eurocopter

The Turkish State Airport Administration (DHMI), a subsidiary of the Turkish Ministry of Transport and the Eurocopter Group today confirmed a contract for two EC145 helicopters, at the ILA trade fair in Berlin Germany. The aircrafts are the first of their kind to be delivered to the Turkish government and they are equipped for the... Read more

Municipal Government of Nezahualcoyotl stops flying B206 over safety issues

Municipal Government of Nezahualcoyotl stops flying B206 over safety issues

3-Jun-2010Source: ToDoTeotihuacan

The president, Edgar Sánchez Navarro, announced that the Bell 260 type helicopter owned by the Municipal Government of Nezahualcoyotl no longer fly over the streets of the town as its technical conditions do not guarantee safety for the crew of the ship to the locals. [file photo]... Read more

Cheshire Police addresses noise issue over new EC135

Cheshire Police addresses noise issue over new EC135

2-Jun-2010Source: Ellesmere Port Pioneer

The Hawarden-based helicopter, which operated at the same altitude as the plane of about 1,000-1,500ft, resulted in a noise level of about 84 decibels compared with 85-90 decibels for a lawnmower, 80 decibels for a refuse truck and 100 decibels for a train... Read more

Up to 14 new AS350s for LA County Sheriff

Up to 14 new AS350s for LA County Sheriff

2-Jun-2010Source: Southern California Public Radio

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today authorized the Sheriff’s Dept to buy as many as 14 new helicopters at a cost of about $56.7M.  The LASD Aviation Bureau has a replacement policy of “7,000 airframe hours or 7 years”... Read more

Police Aviation News – June 2010 edition

Police Aviation News – June 2010 edition

1-Jun-2010Source: Police Aviation News

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Surrey Police considering merging air unit with Sussex and Hampshire

Surrey Police considering merging air unit with Sussex and Hampshire

28-May-2010

Deputy Chief Constable Craig Denholm said the Surrey helicopter cost nearly £2m a year to keep in the air.  “We are completely committed to continuing air support in Surrey,” he said. “But I am not saying we will retain a single helicopter for Surrey.”  [HeliHub.com Editor Note: The accompanying BBC story wrongly features an AS355]... Read more

Morgan County Deputies try to get their K9s used to helicopters

Morgan County Deputies try to get their K9s used to helicopters

27-May-2010Source: WAAY TV

We’re getting the dogs used to the helicopter. We’re getting the helicopter pilot used to us. It’s kind of a training between all of us. We’ve never done this before. We want to see how the dogs are going to react... Read more

Sao Paulo’s ABC Region requests dedicated police helicopter

Sao Paulo’s ABC Region requests dedicated police helicopter

26-May-2010Source: HeliHub.com

Leaders from the ABC Region of Sao Paulo met yesterday with state Secretary of Public Security, Antonio Ferreira Pinto.  Among a number of issues discussed was to request that one of the State’s twelve helicopters be dedicated full-time to the ABC Region.  Local response has been mixed to this idea, some suggesting that the State... Read more

La Salle County Sheriff to consider helicopter acquisition

La Salle County Sheriff to consider helicopter acquisition

25-May-2010Source: MyWebTimes

A  proposal by La Salle County Sheriff Tom Templeton to add a low-cost helicopter to the county’s law enforcement tools is to be considered by the full County Board at its June 14 meeting.... Read more

Fayette County Sheriff helicopter makes Georgia’s biggest LoJack bust

Fayette County Sheriff helicopter makes Georgia’s biggest LoJack bust

25-May-2010Source: The Citizen

This is the largest-ever theft recovery for the LoJack system in the entire state of Georgia, according to Sheriff’s Investigator Brent Rowan.... Read more

Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry to build new operational base

Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry to build new operational base

23-May-2010Source: HeliHub.com

The Bulgarian Interior Ministry is to build an operational base for its aviation unit on a plot in the northern part of the Sofia airport. The construction of the airbase will be financed under an international project, the implementation of which will take two years to complete. The new facility will have helicopter hangars and... Read more

Man pleads guilty to shining laser at CHP helicopter

Man pleads guilty to shining laser at CHP helicopter

19-May-2010Source: Ventura County Star

A Glenn County man is facing up to 20 years in prison for interfering with an aircraft by shining a powerful laser at a California Highway Patrol helicopter.... Read more

Puerto Rico seeks suspect in fatal police helicopter shooting

Puerto Rico seeks suspect in fatal police helicopter shooting

19-May-2010Source: Taiwan News

Federal authorities issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for a man they say fired at a Puerto Rico police helicopter and injured two people, one of whom later died.  (See HeliHub.com accident page here)... Read more

Puget Sound Regional Aviation Group receives national recognition

Puget Sound Regional Aviation Group receives national recognition

19-May-2010Source: Puget Sound Regional Aviation Group

The Puget Sound Regional Aviation Group, made up of aviation units from King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties along with Washington State Patrol has been recognized for the “Outstanding Regional Partnership” award for 2010.  The Urban Area Security Initiative program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security.  This is the first year for the national awards. The... Read more

Lakeland Police to merge helicopter unit with Polk County

Lakeland Police to merge helicopter unit with Polk County

14-May-2010Source: The Ledger

Years or wrangling over what to do with the lone Lakeland police helicopter appears to be ending as the city finalizes a deal to merge helicopter operations with Polk County.  The new “Joint Aviation Unit” will be headed by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, which owns two helicopters.... Read more

Teenager charged after shining laser pen at UK police helicopter

Teenager charged after shining laser pen at UK police helicopter

14-May-2010Source: Northern Echo

The crew were able to pinpointed the source of the laser and guided a ground unit to an address in Easington Lane, where a 17-year-old male was arrested.... Read more

South African Police demonstrate forcing down a Hijacked plane using helicopter

South African Police demonstrate forcing down a Hijacked plane using helicopter

14-May-2010

Several police units descended on the new King Shaka International Airport in Durban to display how they will handle life-threatening situations  during the World Cup, which starts next month.... Read more

Profile: NYPD Aviation Unit

Profile: NYPD Aviation Unit

12-May-2010Source: Wall Street Journal

Profile by a WSJ journalist who flew with a female NYPD pilot and a photographer who had his own [seemingly misguided] opinion about helicopters!... Read more

Guinea-Bissau seeking helicopter for anti-drug work

Guinea-Bissau seeking helicopter for anti-drug work

12-May-2010Source: Dairio Digital

Guinea-Bissau seeking helicopter for anti-drug work – happy to settle with a pre-owned machine, too.... Read more

Man arrested after pointing laser at Fontana police helicopter

Man arrested after pointing laser at Fontana police helicopter

12-May-2010Source: San Bernardino Sun

While circling the area, the pilot and an observer were struck by a laser beam. The observer directed officers on the ground to the person who aimed the laser. Perez told police his friend purchased the laser on the internet.... Read more

Tulsa Police considers relaunching air unit with R44s

Tulsa Police considers relaunching air unit with R44s

11-May-2010Source: NewsOn6

Mayor Dewey Bartlett has suggested the city might sell the two helicopters it has now (MD500 and LongRanger) and replace them with models that cost less to fly made by Robinson Helicopter.... Read more

Winnipeg Police place order for Eurocopter EC120

Winnipeg Police place order for Eurocopter EC120

9-May-2010Source: Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg’s first police helicopter won’t take to the skies before October, police Chief Keith McCaskill said Friday as the city confirmed the awarding of a $3.49-million contract to purchase the aircraft.... Read more

St. Charles County man arrested for pointing laser at police helicopter

St. Charles County man arrested for pointing laser at police helicopter

7-May-2010Source: http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/stcharles/story/B5D56CE3E26E4F15862577140006795A?OpenDocument

A St. Charles County man was arrested Tuesday night after he pointed a green laser light at a police helicopter in flight, police said.  Authorities arrested the man, 24, on suspicion of interfering with an aircraft... Read more

Sacramento teens accused of aiming lasers at police helicopter

Sacramento teens accused of aiming lasers at police helicopter

4-May-2010Source: Nercury News

The helicopter was helping on a robbery search in the south Sacramento area on Friday night when witnesses reported seeing people on the roof of a middle school.... Read more

Police Aviation News – May 2010 edition

Police Aviation News – May 2010 edition

1-May-2010Source: Police Aviation News

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Canada: Sylvan Lake police to put UAV helicopter into service

Canada: Sylvan Lake police to put UAV helicopter into service

29-Apr-2010Source: Alberta Local News

Sylvan Lake RCMP will be the first police force in the province to use a Draganfly helicopter and possibly the first RCMP detachment in the country to have recourse to the still- and video-camera wielding machines... Read more

Paraguay National Police get airborne with first of three new R44s

Paraguay National Police get airborne with first of three new R44s

25-Apr-2010Source: ABC

The first of three law-enforcement equipped R44s has arrived at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport – Paraguay’s main national and international gateway, located at Luque, suburb of the capital Asunción.... Read more

Alpha Unmanned Systems presents its UV helicopters at Mexican security expo

Alpha Unmanned Systems presents its UV helicopters at Mexican security expo

25-Apr-2010Source: Defensa

Alpha Unmanned Systems exhibits two of its helicopter UAVs – Command and Sniper – at this week’s Security Expo 2010 in Mexico City... Read more

Brazilian state of Mato Grosso orders an AS350B3

Brazilian state of Mato Grosso orders an AS350B3

23-Apr-2010Source: Aviation News, Brazil

The helicopter purchase included an agreement between the National Secretariat of Public Security (Senasp) and the Ministry of Justice and Public Safety (Sejusp).... Read more

UK: West Midlands Police’s new helicopter gets security boost

UK: West Midlands Police’s new helicopter gets security boost

23-Apr-2010Source: Birmingham Mail

Motorised hangar doors, reinforced steel pedestrian access, a comprehensive alarm system and a CCTV monitoring capability had been installed to “ensure the safe keeping of the helicopter”.  Their previous EC135 was destroyed by an arson attack... Read more

MPI touted as sponsor for Winnipeg Police helicopter

MPI touted as sponsor for Winnipeg Police helicopter

20-Apr-2010Source: Winnipeg Free Press

The city’s first police helicopter could help cut down MPI’s costs by monitoring traffic “from a surreptitious point of view,” according to June 2009 police report obtained by the Free Press under freedom-of-information legislation.... Read more

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

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

15-Apr-2010Source: Noozhawk

“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”... Read more

UK: Cheshire Police take delivery of Eurocopter EC135P2+

UK: Cheshire Police take delivery of Eurocopter EC135P2+

14-Apr-2010Source: HeliHub.com

Cheshire Police have confirmed they have taken delivery of their first helicopter, a Eurocopter EC135P2+, at their Hawarden base.  Cheshire is one of a consortium of six British police forces who got together and agreed a single specificiation, which brought down the unit price for each of them.  Cheshire is the third of the six... Read more

Brazilian state of Alagoas to purchase first law enforcement helicopter

Brazilian state of Alagoas to purchase first law enforcement helicopter

11-Apr-2010Source: Primeiraedicao

Bell 407 and Eurocopter AS350 said to be the short list... Read more

Bulgarian Border Police accepts first of two AW109 Powers

Bulgarian Border Police accepts first of two AW109 Powers

6-Apr-2010Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Bulgarian Border Police has taken delivery of its first AW109 Power light twin helicopter during an official ceremony held at Sofia Airport today in the presence of Representatives of the Bulgarian Government. This helicopter will provide a reliable air surveillance capability on the outer EU... Read more

Germany: Data protection questions raised over UAV use by Lower Saxony Police

Germany: Data protection questions raised over UAV use by Lower Saxony Police

6-Apr-2010Source: Rotorblatt

With UAV use only just started in Lower Saxony, there is already some confusion regarding the use of a small drone helicopter by the police.... Read more

Commissioner and Sheriff face off over cost of Chelan County helicopters

Commissioner and Sheriff face off over cost of Chelan County helicopters

6-Apr-2010Source: Wenatchee World

Chelan County Sheriff Mike Harum and Commissioner Doug England are sparring over the value of the county-owned choppers used by the sheriff’s office after England said he may try to eliminate funding for the helicopters in next year’s budget.... Read more

Police Aviation News – April 2010 edition

Police Aviation News – April 2010 edition

1-Apr-2010Source: Police Aviation News

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Colorado Springs Sells 2nd Police OH-58

Colorado Springs Sells 2nd Police OH-58

25-Mar-2010Source: KKTV

A bidder from North Dakota has purchased a Colorado Springs Police helicopter that was auctioned off on-line after the city came up short of funds to keep the police choppers in the air.... Read more

Red Willow County grapples with helicopter’s value

Red Willow County grapples with helicopter’s value

25-Mar-2010Source: McCook Daily Gazette

How much is a prototype helicopter worth? Who’s going to determine its value? And if the helicopter and its technology are sold, how much of Red Willow County’s $300,000 loan can be recouped? Should the county pay storage costs accruing on the helicopter?... Read more

Houston Mayor Halts Helicopter Flights Posted On Facebook

Houston Mayor Halts Helicopter Flights Posted On Facebook

25-Mar-2010Source: Click 2 Houston

Employees of the Houston mayor’s office have been lining up for rides in what one pilot called “open season” for City Hall staffers to have fun aboard police helicopter flights on taxpayers’ dime... Read more

Californian police helicopter programs reduced – Huntington Beach, Anaheim, Orange County and ABLE

Californian police helicopter programs reduced – Huntington Beach, Anaheim, Orange County and ABLE

22-Mar-2010Source: Orange County Register

Due to budget cuts, Huntington Beach has decreased its flight time to 40 hours from 60, saving about $108,000. Anaheim has cut their hours to 45 from 60, reducing costs by $311,000, and the Sheriff’s Department slashed its air time in half – from five hours a day to two and a half, saving $700,000.... Read more

Orlando Man Charged With Shooting at Sheriff’s Helicopter

Orlando Man Charged With Shooting at Sheriff’s Helicopter

22-Mar-2010Source: The Ledger

An Orlando man is in jail today on charges he shot at a law enforcement helicopter.... Read more

Pasadena Police hold public launch of new 500E

Pasadena Police hold public launch of new 500E

22-Mar-2010Source: Pasadena Independent

Executives from MD Helicopters presented a key to the new helicopter to Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard during a brief afternoon ceremony introducing the public to the new member of Pasadena PD.... Read more

New Mayor orders study on removing police from Houston’s helicopter patrols

New Mayor orders study on removing police from Houston’s helicopter patrols

21-Mar-2010Source: Houston Examiner

Police officers could be removed from the helicopter patrols that have long provided the eye in the sky for HPD officers on the ground, depending on the outcome of a study now commissioned by Houston’s new mayor.... Read more

SkyBOOKS Offers Free Trial Subscription to ALEA Members

SkyBOOKS Offers Free Trial Subscription to ALEA Members

19-Mar-2010Source: SkyBooks

SkyBOOKS, Inc., a Textron, Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, and an affiliate of Bell Helicopter, is offering free trial subscriptions to their Electronic Record Keeping Program for ALEA members. ALEA members that qualify for the SkyBOOKS Electronic Record Keeping Program limited-time offer will receive: Flight Operations and Pilot Currency Tracking Maintenance Tracking and Reporting Inventory Management... Read more

Baltimore Police helicopter on chopping block?

Baltimore Police helicopter on chopping block?

19-Mar-2010Source: Baltimore Sun

News coming out about budget cuts sounds dire for the Baltimore Police Department. At the moment, the police helicopter known as Foxtrot is on the chopping block.... Read more

Commissioners push Pasco Sheriff’s helicopter hangar project forward

Commissioners push Pasco Sheriff’s helicopter hangar project forward

18-Mar-2010Source: St Petersburg Times

Pasco Sheriff Bob White’s plan to build a new helicopter hangar at the Land O’Lakes Jail has gotten complicated and led him to bump heads with county administrators over aspects of it.... Read more

Calgary Police clock up 11 near misses in 4 years

Calgary Police clock up 11 near misses in 4 years

13-Mar-2010Source: CBC

Calgary police helicopters are reported to have flown too close to other aircraft at least 11 times in the last four years, a CBC News investigation has found. Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/calgary/story/2010/03/05/calgary-police-helicopter-close-calls-air-planes.html#ixzz0i2WRCpqo... Read more

Wichita Police Department Recognizes Mid-Continent Instruments

Wichita Police Department Recognizes Mid-Continent Instruments

12-Mar-2010Source: Mid-Continent Instruments

The Wichita Police Department’s Air Section has recognized Mid-Continent Instruments’ excellent customer service with the WPD Certificate of Appreciation. Lt. Paul Shields and David Fry, Director of Maintenance, presented Mid-Continent Instruments President and CEO Todd Winter with the award recently. Mid-Continent literally helped keep the Air Section’s 2003 MD500E Light Single Helicopter in the air,... Read more

Costa Mesa may reconsider air unit as $9M budget shortfall comes in focus

Costa Mesa may reconsider air unit as $9M budget shortfall comes in focus

12-Mar-2010Source: Orange County Register

Council members suggested taking closer looks at the Airborne Law Enforcement Services program, which provides helicopter policing services primarily in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Santa Ana.... Read more

UK’s Devon & Cornwall Police takes delivery of a new EC145

UK’s Devon & Cornwall Police takes delivery of a new EC145

10-Mar-2010Source: Eurocopter

On Friday 5th March the Devon & Cornwall Police took delivery of a new EC145 helicopter. This most modern machine was customised at Eurocopter UK in Oxford to meet the demanding needs of the modern police service. It is equipped with the latest aids to police reconnaissance and airborne crime fighting. Included is a state-of-the-art... Read more

After 2½ years of controversy, Cayman Islands Police take delivery of EC135

After 2½ years of controversy, Cayman Islands Police take delivery of EC135

7-Mar-2010Source: Cayman News Service

After almost three years and a considerable amount of controversy, the police helicopter has finally landed in the Cayman Islands... Read more

Norfolk Police re-consider air support options after current contract ends in 2011

Norfolk Police re-consider air support options after current contract ends in 2011

7-Mar-2010

No decision has yet been made over who could be awarded the contract beyond that date and all operations were being looked at over its future, the statement says.   Options include awarding a contract for a dedicated Norfolk Police helicopter or collaborating with Suffolk Police... Read more

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