Law Enforcement

Italian Police receive their first two AW139s

Italian Police receive their first two AW139s

3-Jul-2013Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Italian Police has taken delivery of its first two AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters on schedule. These helicopters will be operated by the 1st Aviation Unit of the Italian Police and based at Pratica di Mare, close to Rome. Additional aircraft will be delivered to... Read more

Russian helicopters provide security for World Student Games in Kazan

Russian helicopters provide security for World Student Games in Kazan

3-Jul-2013Source: Russian Helicopters

Mi-8MTV helicopters built by Kazan Helicopters, a Russian Helicopters company, will provide security at the 27th Summer Universiade in the Russian city of Kazan this month. More than 170 nations – a record for the event – will participate in Universiade-2013, taking place on July 6-17 in the capital of Russia’s Tatarstan region. Kazan Arena,... Read more

Denver councilman urges city to consider ‘drones’ over helicopter

Denver councilman urges city to consider ‘drones’ over helicopter

1-Jul-2013Source: Denver Post

Denver Councilman Chris Nevitt suggested this week that the city look at adding unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, to replace the police helicopter.  See full story Image – Draganfly X-6, a typical UAV used by law enforcement agencies... Read more

Oman Police celebrate 6,000 flying hours on AW139 fleet

Oman Police celebrate 6,000 flying hours on AW139 fleet

28-Jun-2013Source: Muscat Daily

H E Paola Amadei, the Ambassador of Italy to Oman and Marco Aka, president and chief executive officer of international business of AgustaWestland company were also present at the ceremony. see full story . Photo (c) Copyright of, and used with full permission of, Damiano Gualdoni... Read more

UK – Western Counties Air Operations Unit celebrates before disbanding next week

UK – Western Counties Air Operations Unit celebrates before disbanding next week

26-Jun-2013Source: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Guests gathered at Filton airfield yesterday to celebrate the work of the Western Counties Air Operations Unit (WCAOU). WCAOU is a consortium comprising of Avon and Somerset and Gloucestershire Constabularies; delivering police air support to their respective communities. WCAOU will disband on 3rd July 2013 when it joins the National Police Air Service (NPAS). This... Read more

Helinet Technologies Deploys HD Aerial Downlink System for Hawthorne Police

Helinet Technologies Deploys HD Aerial Downlink System for Hawthorne Police

25-Jun-2013Source: Helinet Technologies

Helinet Technologies, an international provider of aviation technology solutions to the law enforcement, government and military markets, announced today the deployment of an integrated video downlink solution for the Hawthorne Police Department (HPD) in the City Of Hawthorne, California.  The new system enables HPD to transmit live, HD images from the Department’s MD 500E helicopter to multiple, ground-based... Read more

25-Jun-12 N34CT MD Helicopters MD500E Eloy, US-Arizona

25-Jun-12 N34CT MD Helicopters MD500E Eloy, US-Arizona

25-Jun-2013

Emergecny landing after reportedly losing power.  Boom separate from cabin, which ended up on its side.  3 POB to hospital... Read more

19-Jun-13 RP-2045 Robinson R44 Tinglayan, Philippines

19-Jun-13 RP-2045 Robinson R44 Tinglayan, Philippines

19-Jun-2013

A police superintendent, a police pilot and another police officer survived a helicopter crash landing atop a rem ote mountain... Read more

Michigan State Police expand patrol area

Michigan State Police expand patrol area

13-Jun-2013

The Michigan State Police will begin using helicopters to patrol the Muskegon area beginning sometime this week. (see full story)... Read more

Pasadena Police hold heliport open house Saturday, June 29

Pasadena Police hold heliport open house Saturday, June 29

12-Jun-2013Source: Altadenablog

The Pasadena Police Department Air Operations will hold its annual open house at the Altadena heliport on Saturday, June 29, from 11 AM-2 PM. (See Full Story)... Read more

Maricopa County Sheriff chooses FlightSafety for B407 training

Maricopa County Sheriff chooses FlightSafety for B407 training

11-Jun-2013Source: FlightSafety International

FlightSafety is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Division, based in Phoenix, Arizona, to provide training for the Bell 407 helicopter at its Learning Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. “The selection of FlightSafety’s Bell 407 training program by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, is a clear demonstration... Read more

RSG awarded three-year Houston Police Bell 412 component support contract

RSG awarded three-year Houston Police Bell 412 component support contract

11-Jun-2013Source: RSG Aviation

RSG Aviation, Inc. recently received notification of contract award from the City of Houston to support their fleet of Bell 412 aircraft. RSG Aviation responsibilities will include all twin-engine helicopter component overhaul/exchange and repair services/support for the for a thirty-six month period. Houston PD air support division, with a fleet of 16 helicopters, has quickly... Read more

Down one helicopter, Alaska State Troopers reorganize

Down one helicopter, Alaska State Troopers reorganize

4-Jun-2013Source: Alaska Dispatch

The Alaska State Troopers are adding a fully-loaded rescue helicopter to their arsenal about two months after a failed search-and-rescue mission killed three Alaskans, including two troopers. The troopers reorganized how they handle those missions since the loss of Helo-1 and its veteran pilot. (See Full Story)... Read more

03-Jun-13 61011 Robinson R44 Lantian County, China (2F)

03-Jun-13 61011 Robinson R44 Lantian County, China (2F)

3-Jun-2013

Two killed, one seriously injured – police helicopter on training flight.  Post crash fire... Read more

Police Aviation News – June 2013 Edition

Police Aviation News – June 2013 Edition

1-Jun-2013Source: Police Aviation News

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30-May-13 N407HC Bell 407 Columbia, US-Maryland

30-May-13 N407HC Bell 407 Columbia, US-Maryland

30-May-2013

Emergency landing in school field, helicopter remained upright.  Tail boom sliced by main rotor blades... Read more

Japan Police orders two EC135s and one each EC155 and AS365N3+

Japan Police orders two EC135s and one each EC155 and AS365N3+

28-May-2013Source: Eurocopter Japan

Eurocopter Japan recently signed contracts with Japan’s National Police Agency for a total of four helicopters. Comprising two medium-class and two twin-engine light helicopters, the new acquisitions will be deployed to Hyogo Prefectural Police (EC155 B1), Hiroshima Prefectural Police (AS365 N3+), Osaka Prefectural Police (EC135 P2e) and Fukuoka Prefectural Police (EC135 P2e), as replacements for... Read more

Brevard County may merge Sheriff and Mosquito Control helicopter ops

Brevard County may merge Sheriff and Mosquito Control helicopter ops

28-May-2013Source: Florida Today

Brevard County is considering a plan to merge its mosquito control helicopter operations with the sheriff’s aviation unit in a move that could save the county about $3.3 million during the next 12 years, partly by not having to buy two new helicopters. (See Full Story)... Read more

Arizona – Law enforcement helicopter faces cutbacks

Arizona – Law enforcement helicopter faces cutbacks

28-May-2013Source: KTVK

It’s a full throttle, adrenaline-filled world where Phoenix police and fire team up working out of an extraordinary piece of machinery known as Phoenix Firebird #10. (See Full Story)... Read more

PAvCon Police Aviation Conference starts in Austria on Tuesday

PAvCon Police Aviation Conference starts in Austria on Tuesday

19-May-2013Source: PAvCon

The event will take place in the Flugmuseum Aviaticum, Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelinstr. 1, A-3700 Wiener Neustadt, Austria The office facilities for PAvCon will shift from the UK to Austria on Sunday 19th. The physical address is the HOTEL FREIZEIT TEMPEL Wiener Strae 109, 2700 Wiener Neustadt, Austria +43 2622 20720 hotel.freizeittempel@aon.at www.freizeittempel.at and the direct phone number... Read more

Night Flight Concepts Launches Industry Specific NVIS Solution Programs

Night Flight Concepts Launches Industry Specific NVIS Solution Programs

17-May-2013Source: Night Flight Concepts

Night Flight Concepts, the premier provider of night vision solutions, is pleased to announce the launch of five new industry specific solutions programs. These new Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS) solutions include equipment, maintenance and training programs which have been adapted to support the specific operational and regulatory requirements for the following markets: • Emergency Medical Services and Search... Read more

Canada – UAV locates person after ground search failed

Canada – UAV locates person after ground search failed

13-May-2013Source: Draganflyer

Early this morning, Saskatoon RCMP received a call of a single vehicle rollover on Highway #5 about 5 km east of St. Denis, Saskatchewan. RCMP, along with St. Denis and Vonda Fire Rescue, and EMS from MD Ambulance responded to the scene. Upon arriving at the scene, emergency responders could not locate the vehicle’s occupants.... Read more

Santa Barbara County helicopter budget under scrutiny

Santa Barbara County helicopter budget under scrutiny

13-May-2013Source: Noozhawk

Officials air concerns about the fleet’s soaring expenses, which have already exceeded the budget available. (See Full Story)... Read more

10-May-13 Irvine, US-California

10-May-13 Irvine, US-California

10-May-2013

Sheriff helicopter made emergency field landing after reporting engine problems... Read more

09-May-13 N927SP Bell OH-58A Jekyll Island, US-Georgia

09-May-13 N927SP Bell OH-58A Jekyll Island, US-Georgia

9-May-2013

Main rotor struck tail on landing... Read more

Police Aviation News – May 2013 Edition

Police Aviation News – May 2013 Edition

3-May-2013Source: Police Aviation News

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Devon & Cornwall Police air unit joins Twitter

Devon & Cornwall Police air unit joins Twitter

3-May-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Devon & Cornwall Police’s air support unit have joined Twitter and can be found @DCP_Helicopter. However, this move may be short-lived as the gradual nationalisation of law enforcement aviation across England and Wales under the “NPAS” (National Police Air Service) banner has seen various units adopt new Twitter identities involving the NPAS name. Time will... Read more

West Michigan’s Newest Crime Fighter

West Michigan’s Newest Crime Fighter

2-May-2013Source: FOX 17

There’s a new buzz around West Michigan and you may have heard it flying above your home.  Michigan State Police have a new helicopter.       (See Full Story)... Read more

02-May-13 PP-EIH Eurocopter AS350BA Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

02-May-13 PP-EIH Eurocopter AS350BA Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2-May-2013

Five hospitalised after police helicopter crashed on training flight.  Landed upright with significant vertical forces.  Helicopter was executing a series of low orbit firing passes when the main rotor blades struck treetops and it spiraled into the ground.... Read more

Jordanian Police sell three Bo105s

Jordanian Police sell three Bo105s

29-Apr-2013Source: HeliHub.com

The Jordanian Police have recently sold a batch of three Eurocopter Bo105s to Oceania Aviation in New Zealand after retiring them from active use four years ago – we assume they have been in storage in the interim period. Each has now been put on the local ZK- register, with Oceania working initially on ZK-HVA... Read more

Boston police want drones for 2014 marathon security

Boston police want drones for 2014 marathon security

29-Apr-2013Source: The Washington Times

Boston’s top cop wants drones hovering over next year’s marathon, but getting his hands on one may be easier said than done. More than 30 states, including Massachusetts, are rushing to restrict the use of drones by law enforcement, with some seeking to ban it in all but the most extreme circumstances. (See Full Story)... Read more

West Midlands Police helicopter catches more than 500 suspects in a year

West Midlands Police helicopter catches more than 500 suspects in a year

29-Apr-2013Source: Birmingham Mail

West Midlands Police’s eye-in-the sky helicopter helped cops snare more than 500 suspects last year. The aircraft spent 1,175 hours in the sky and was also responsible for finding 27 people who had been reported missing. (See Full Story)... Read more

25-Apr-13 HU26-18 Eurocopter EC135P2+ Los Galayos, Spain

25-Apr-13 HU26-18 Eurocopter EC135P2+ Los Galayos, Spain

25-Apr-2013

Blade strike and ensuing heavy landing caused skids to deform.  Fortunately helicopter did not fall over the edge of the mountain, but it was very close.  Helicopter was registered HU26-18 and carried code “09-312”... Read more

23-Apr-13 N473SD Hughes OH-6A Crystal River, US-Florida

23-Apr-13 N473SD Hughes OH-6A Crystal River, US-Florida

24-Apr-2013

Emergency landing at night on highway US19.  Pilot minor injuries treated at scene, co-pilot uninjured... Read more

Two Columbus Police helicopters cleared to fly after safety audit

Two Columbus Police helicopters cleared to fly after safety audit

22-Apr-2013Source: The Columbus Dispatch

Two Columbus police helicopters have been cleared to fly after an outside audit did not uncover any safety concerns, a commander said yesterday.  (See full story)... Read more

Oklahoma – Stephens County Sheriff adds UH-1

Oklahoma – Stephens County Sheriff adds UH-1

22-Apr-2013Source: KSWO

The Stephens County Sheriff’s Department has a new large piece of equipment that will help the department fight fires or crime from a bird’s eye view. (See full story)... Read more

Brazil’s State of Pará orders two AS350B2

Brazil’s State of Pará orders two AS350B2

18-Apr-2013Source: Helibras

[electronic translation]  Helibras signed in its booth at LAAD – Defence & Security 2013, a contract for delivery of two new helicopters AS350 B2 Squirrel model for the Secretary of State for Public Security and Social Defense of Pará These aircraft were acquired to form the security planning of the State Government due to the... Read more

Uniflight to maintain Houston Police Bell 412

Uniflight to maintain Houston Police Bell 412

16-Apr-2013Source: Uniflight LLC

Uniflight LLC of Grand Prairie Texas is very pleased to announce the award of a contract by the Houston Texas Police Department to provide maintenance support for the department’s helicopters. The contract awarded to Uniflight is for one base year and two additional option years.  The contract is for the support of Bell Helicopter 412... Read more

Cities formally dissolve ABLE helicopter program

Cities formally dissolve ABLE helicopter program

12-Apr-2013Source: Daily Pilot

A 20-year law enforcement partnership that provided police helicopter patrols to Costa Mesa and Newport Beach touched down for the last time Thursday morning. (see full story)... Read more

Baltimore Police reverse decision to mothball one of four EC120s

Baltimore Police reverse decision to mothball one of four EC120s

12-Apr-2013Source: The Baltimore Sun

Eighteen months after Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake voted to approve the purchase of four new helicopters for the Police Department, her proposed budget called for grounding one of them in a cost-saving move (see full story).... Read more

Delaware State Police contract for two Bell 429s

Delaware State Police contract for two Bell 429s

10-Apr-2013Source: Bell

Bell have announced that it has secured an agreement with the Delaware State Police for the supply of two Bell 429 aircraft. The multi-mission configured Bell 429s will be utilized for both airborne law enforcement operations and helicopter emergency medical services. “For the mission and operations for the Delaware State Police, we evaluated all helicopter... Read more

PAvCon 2013 prepares for May date in Austria

PAvCon 2013 prepares for May date in Austria

9-Apr-2013Source: PAvCon

PAvCon 2013 is to be held 21-22 May 2013 in Wiener Nuestadt, Austria.  Our hosts will be the Flugmuseum Aviaticum, Diamond Aircraft, Airborne Technologies and Schiebel Planning for the event is going well and both industry and the police are showing a high level of support. There are still about six weeks to go to... Read more

New York State Budget includes $12.5M for new helicopter

New York State Budget includes $12.5M for new helicopter

8-Apr-2013Source: WNYT

New York is getting a new helicopter that costs four times as much as the one it is replacing. Our waste watchers team has learned that the new state budget contains twelve and a half million dollars for state police to purchase a new helicopter (see full story).... Read more

State police helicopter to make regular patrols in West Michigan

State police helicopter to make regular patrols in West Michigan

5-Apr-2013Source: M Live

Michigan State Police 1st Lt. Chris McIntire, commander of the Rockford post, and Sgt. Jerry King, a pilot in the aviation unit, talk about the helicopter patrols over West Michigan (see full story).... Read more

Columbus Police ground helicopter fleet

Columbus Police ground helicopter fleet

5-Apr-2013Source: ABC6

Columbus police helicopters are grounded while they are inspected and maintenance records are checked. Police were ready to sell one of the choppers when they discovered “gaps” in the maintenance records (see full story).... Read more

Police Aviation News – April 2013 Edition

Police Aviation News – April 2013 Edition

3-Apr-2013Source: Police Aviation News

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01-Apr-13 N584PM Schweizer 333SP San Antonio, US-Texas

01-Apr-13 N584PM Schweizer 333SP San Antonio, US-Texas

1-Apr-2013

Precautionary landing in parking lot on night mission after warning light illuminated... Read more

30-Mar-13 N911AA Eurocopter AS350B3 Talkeetna, US-Alaska

30-Mar-13 N911AA Eurocopter AS350B3 Talkeetna, US-Alaska

30-Mar-2013

Impacted terrain while maneuvering during an SAR flight near Talkeetna, Alaska. The airline transport pilot, an Alaska state trooper serving as a flight observer for the pilot, and a stranded snowmobiler who had requested rescue were killed, and the helicopter was destroyed by impact and postcrash fire.... Read more

Cobham to equip State Police helicopters in Brazil

Cobham to equip State Police helicopters in Brazil

27-Mar-2013Source: Cobham

Cobham’s Brazilian subsidiary – has secured its first major contract in Brazil to equip State Police helicopters with High Definition (HD) video surveillance downlinks which will be used on helicopters in 12 cities during the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup. The contract was developed with a local integration partner following the opening... Read more

Norwegian military station two Bell 412s at Bardufoss

Norwegian military station two Bell 412s at Bardufoss

27-Mar-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Following a concerted public effort within the geographical area of Bardufoss, the Royal Norwegian Air Force have moved two Bell 412s to Bardufoss.  This will meet the campaign’s target to provide a better spread of aviation resources throughout the country, particularly for emergency situations. Defence Minister Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen has also said that these helicopters are... Read more

Curtiss-Wright Introduces 21″ HD Rugged Video Mission Display

Curtiss-Wright Introduces 21″ HD Rugged Video Mission Display

26-Mar-2013Source: Curtiss-Wright Controls

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions (CWCDS), a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls, has introduced the newest member of its Skyquest™ family of rugged mission displays for airborne platforms. The new feature rich 21.5” Skyquest™ AVDU5500 is the company’s largest high definition (HD) display to date. This next generation video display with touchscreen is designed for the... Read more

US Rep. Ed Markey pushes privacy rules for domestic UAVs

US Rep. Ed Markey pushes privacy rules for domestic UAVs

26-Mar-2013Source: Congressman Ed Markey

With tens of thousands of domestic commercial drone licenses expected to be handed out in the coming years, Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), co-Chair of the Bi-Partisan Congressional Privacy Caucus, today introduced updated legislation to ensure standards for informing the public and establish safeguards to protect the privacy of individuals from expanded use of drones.... Read more

26-Mar-13 9Y-TIC Eurocopter Bo105 Cedros, Trinidad & Tobago

26-Mar-13 9Y-TIC Eurocopter Bo105 Cedros, Trinidad & Tobago

26-Mar-2013

Blade struck tree during forced landing while on police operations.  Sole-occupant pilot not injured.  Photo set here on C News Live page on Facebook... Read more

RCMP fly Draganflyer UAV for accident/crime investigation work

RCMP fly Draganflyer UAV for accident/crime investigation work

25-Mar-2013Source: RCMP

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is a leading North American national police force, covering three Canadian territories, eight provinces, more than 190 municipalities, 184 Aboriginal communities, and three international airports. The “F” division is responsible for the Saskatchewan region and like other divisions, is always looking for new technology to improve their level of service... Read more

Gainesville PD helicopter relaunches after 15 months

Gainesville PD helicopter relaunches after 15 months

21-Mar-2013Source: WUFT

Gainesville Police Department launched its helicopter back in the air Tuesday after a 15-month hiatus.Helicopter  (see full story).  File photo... Read more

21-Mar-13 D-HEGB Eurocopter AS332L1 Berlin, Germany

21-Mar-13 D-HEGB Eurocopter AS332L1 Berlin, Germany

21-Mar-2013

Two helicopters collided in white-out conditions during a police exercise.  An AS332L2 and a EC155 had landed and kicked up a lot of snow.  The pilot of a second AS332 landing soon after then suffered white-out and landed too close to the EC155, killing the pilot.  Three other injuries reported.... Read more

21-Mar-13 D-HLTM Eurocopter EC155 Berlin, Germany (1F)

21-Mar-13 D-HLTM Eurocopter EC155 Berlin, Germany (1F)

21-Mar-2013

Two helicopters collided in white-out conditions during a police exercise.  An AS332L2 and a EC155 had landed and kicked up a lot of snow.  The pilot of a second AS332 landing soon after then suffered white-out and landed too close to the EC155, killing the pilot.  Three other injuries reported.... Read more

Sevier County Sheriff gets airborne with R44

Sevier County Sheriff gets airborne with R44

15-Mar-2013Source: Seymour Herald

Public Safety Aviation, a public private partnership, held a presentation conference to highlight the benefits of the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department new helicopter patrol Feb. 22 (see full story)... Read more

Police Service of Northern Ireland order second EC145

Police Service of Northern Ireland order second EC145

15-Mar-2013Source: Eurocopter

The acquisition of an EC145 by the Police Service of Northern Ireland will add another helicopter to this agency’s all-Eurocopter fleet, and reinforces the company’s impressive presence with law enforcement agencies in the British Isles. This latest rotary-wing aircraft is to be delivered in the first half of 2013, joining the Police Service of Northern... Read more

Police Aviation News – March 2013 Edition

Police Aviation News – March 2013 Edition

13-Mar-2013Source: Police Aviation News

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Tennessee Highway Patrol Announces Permanent Aviation Support for West Tennessee

Tennessee Highway Patrol Announces Permanent Aviation Support for West Tennessee

13-Mar-2013Source: Tennessee Highway Patrol

Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons joined Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Colonel Tracy Trott to announce the permanent assignment of a THP helicopter and pilot to assist with aviation support of law enforcement in west Tennessee.  This permanent aviation support will enhance public safety by increasing response time to incidents or missions... Read more

Bell Shares Lead Role in Public Safety

Bell Shares Lead Role in Public Safety

12-Mar-2013Source: Bell

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today an enhanced relationship with the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC) a subsidiary of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA), as part of Bell Helicopter’s continued commitment to advancing safety in the rotorcraft industry.  Bell Helicopter is the exclusive sponsor in the development of PSAAC’s... Read more

FAA approves Arlington Police’s drones

FAA approves Arlington Police’s drones

11-Mar-2013Source: Star Telegram

The Arlington Police Department recently won approval from the federal government to fly two remote-control helicopters for public safety purposes ( see full story)... Read more

Power Sonix to supply PA system to Korea National Police

Power Sonix to supply PA system to Korea National Police

7-Mar-2013Source: Power Sonix

Power Sonix, Inc. has been awarded a long-term contract with Korean Aerospace Industries of South Korea (KAI) to supply 900-watt PSAIR32A tactical public address systems for the Surion helicopters being made for the Korean National Police Agency program. The Surion helicopter is being designed, engineered and manufactured in South Korea by KAI in partnership with... Read more

Power Sonix releases new aeodynamic PA system speaker arrays

Power Sonix releases new aeodynamic PA system speaker arrays

7-Mar-2013Source: Power Sonix

Power Sonix, Inc. announces at HELI-EXPO in Las Vegas the release and availability of new aeodynamic speaker arrays for their industry-leading airborne public address systems. The new wing-shaped hexagon speaker enclosures offer a 30-40% reduction in the surface area of the speaker driver enclosures from their previous models. With these improvements, the new externally mounted... Read more

Japan National Police orders two more AW139s

Japan National Police orders two more AW139s

7-Mar-2013Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace are pleased to announce they have been awarded a contract by the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) to supply two AW139 twin engine helicopters which will be operated in Hokkaido and Fukushima prefectures. This latest order brings the number of AW139 helicopters ordered by customers in Japan... Read more

Japan National Police orders another GrandNew

Japan National Police orders another GrandNew

7-Mar-2013Source: AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Kanematsu Corporation are pleased to announce they have been awarded a contract by the Japan National Police Agency (JNPA) to supply a GrandNew law enforcement light twin helicopter which will be operated in Kawagawa prefecture located in the southern Kantō region of Japan. The order brings to three the number... Read more

Polk County Florida Sheriff orders a 500E

Polk County Florida Sheriff orders a 500E

7-Mar-2013Source: MD Helicopters

MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI), a Lynn Tilton company and leading manufacturer of commercial, air-rescue, military and law enforcement helicopters, announced a new order for a MD 500E helicopter from the Polk County Florida Sheriff’s Office (PCSO). The new MD 500E is the first order in a program to replace an aging fleet of three military surplus OH58’s. “We are... Read more

American Eurocopter is leader in law enforcement sales

American Eurocopter is leader in law enforcement sales

6-Mar-2013Source: American Eurocopter

American Eurocopter continues to lead the U.S. airborne law enforcement market, maintaining a 55 percent market share over the last decade with a product line that has become the industry standard. With 280 Eurocopter aircraft operating in federal, state and local law enforcement units, operators cite reliability, versatility and cost effectiveness as key factors in... Read more

Maryland State Police – first pair of AW139s arrive

Maryland State Police – first pair of AW139s arrive

28-Feb-2013Source: Frederick News Post

Years after a multimillion-dollar contract to replace the state’s fleet of aged medevac helicopters caused controversy in Annapolis, two newly purchased aircraft arrived Tuesday at the aviation command of the Maryland State Police (see full story)... Read more

Texas bans shooting immigrants from helicopters

Texas bans shooting immigrants from helicopters

26-Feb-2013Source: The Raw Story

Officials in Texas announced on Thursday that State Troopers would no longer be allowed to open fire on suspects from helicopters after the recent killing of two immigrants (see full story)... Read more

Bell confirms HeliHub.com stories on Nigerian 429s

Bell confirms HeliHub.com stories on Nigerian 429s

25-Feb-2013Source: Bell

Four weeks ago, HeliHub.com ran two stories on Bell 429s being delivered into Nigeria Jan 23 –Nigerian Police receive a Bell 429 Jan 24 –First EMS Bell 429 arrives in Nigeria for NEMA And then on Friday February 22nd, Bell issued the following:- Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company (NYSE: TXT), announced today the delivery... Read more

California County Inching Toward Drone Deployment?

California County Inching Toward Drone Deployment?

22-Feb-2013Source: Wired

Alameda County, just east of San Francisco, is closing in on becoming one of dozens of local law enforcement agencies nationwide to deploy the unmanned crafts. (see full story)... Read more

China’s Dalian Police train in Germany on Cabri

China’s Dalian Police train in Germany on Cabri

20-Feb-2013Source: Heli Aviation

[electronic translation] The police chief and the head of the provincial police force flying Liaoningun inspected with a delegation from the Heli Aviation TRAINING ACADEMY in Augsburg. Impressed by our forward-looking, equipped with state of the art technology flight school, training and expertise of the entire fleet of Heli Aviation teams audited executives the TRAINING... Read more

Osun State Government lease AS355N for police work (or VIP?)

Osun State Government lease AS355N for police work (or VIP?)

19-Feb-2013Source: HeliHub.com

Sources in Nigeria are saying that the Osun State Government has commenced a lease with OAS Helicopters for a Eurocopter AS355N – the one we reported here that they had recently bought from Sky Helicopters in Spain. In a statement, the state governor’s media aide, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said the helicopter is to support its... Read more

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