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05/02/2011 2:26 AM  
I'm interested in comments on the variations of role equipment packages fitted to single engine RW for law Enforcement work, past and current, as well as comments on performance in B206, 206L's, 500's, Squirrels etc.(ie hoist,Nitesun, FLIR) Steve.

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05/02/2011 4:10 PM  
I fly LE. Thats a pretty broad question. In the US, the AS350 seems to have out sold most of the others in the last 5-7 years. There is no perfect helicopter but it does pretty well. Lots of agencies operate them. 407 does well too however, like the 206B and L, the cockpit is limited in what can be installed. Since they are not making them anymore, you won't see any new 206's. I saw press release that MD was working on a new blade which will increase the useful load of the 530 and then the others. For pure patrol work, 500 is a good machine. The standard these days as far as equipment is a FLIR, searchlight, mapping system and multiband police radios. After that, you start getting mission specific equipment...bambi buckets, cargo hooks, hoists, SAT phones, PA systems, etc. It seems the larger the area of responsability, the more diversified the role and the more equipment that is needed.
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05/04/2011 9:18 AM  
We are flying a 407 for LE, often we have the discussion of whether a Astar would be better. We seem to like the interior layout much better than the 407, our 407 is a little cramped up front with a good size TFO. Our equip. includes a panel mount avalex screen, G530, LoJack detector, all the Police radio's, FLIR, Night Sun, Floats, cargo hook with Bambi bucket, Rapelling gear, slidding doors, TCAS, Blue tooth, Micro. downlink, and just about anything else you can think of. The instrument panel is very wide and forward visability is reduced. I think that an Astar with its wider cabin is a better platform only based on its layout. Dont get me wrong, the 407 is a real beast and great to fly. We would prefer the Avalex mounted on a bracket that can be swung back on the TFO side out of the way, with a smaller instument panel should be the way to go. Fly Safe! Andy
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05/08/2011 6:17 AM  
Thanks gents, that's just the type of info I was looking for, because the job was done by the earlier models as we know with the pilots managing the whole system to achieve the goal required. I'd also be interested in what the duration of rostered missons was on an average. I agree totally that if you are budget limited then there is no ideal airframe with what is desrirable to mount in it, short of flying a Hind or something similar with half a dozen SWAT inside as well. It is better to have a RW asset with something, than no RW asset at all in my mind. The talent and skill of the operators is what determines the success of the outfit regardless of what is provided. Steve

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05/29/2011 11:06 PM  
Aircraft in Law Enforcement are determined by other methods also. Available Money, Attitude regarding Aviation as held by Management and finally who is doing the selling to Managment. From there so many agencies are in the game for comparison, its plug and play.
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03/07/2012 10:47 PM  
Update; Gold Coast region in Queensland has employed a Longranger on a 6mth trial, fitted with FLIR/Thermal Imagery, Nitesun. Already done it's first rescue and several street interdictions successfully. Shows a proven airframe with a well trained crew can do the job! (so much for a police commissioner who refused to adopt R/W because he said,"They are overrated!) In the floods last year every police officer requesting assistance asked for helicopters. At the height of ops, with outer state support and military as well, 7 machines were in constant use. What cost if they were unavailable? Truth is in the eating! Steve

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