|November 2010||Airborne Law Enforcement Association, Inc|
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State Highway Patrol Pilot Sgt. Joseph “Joe” Schuengel, 47, was killed
last month when his helicopter crashed. Schuengel had dropped off
several other troopers and was returning to the Spirit of St. Louis
Airport when the Bell 206B helicopter experienced a probable mechanical
failure. It is believed that he was able to maneuver the aircraft to
avoid nearby houses before crashing into a residential street. No one on
the ground was hurt. Residents and emergency crews immediately responded
to the scene, but Sergeant Schuengel had been killed on impact.
Source: Missouri State Highway Patrol
marks the 40th anniversary for the Delaware State Police (DSP) Aviation
Section. To celebrate, the Aviation Section invited the public to attend
its Open House on October 16. Current and past members of the DSP
Aviation Section were present as the public toured their newly expanded,
Houston (TX) Police Department's (HPD) Air Support Division, the second
largest municipal police air support unit in the country, celebrated its
40th anniversary of operations last month with a two-day event. On
Thursday, October 22nd, they hosted an “Open Hangar” which was attended
by over 225 city and department dignitaries, associates, vendors and
former employees. This event featured live video downlink
demonstrations, a fajita lunch and the 1st Annual HPD Vision Awards
sponsored by FLIR Systems, Inc. ALEA President Martin Jackson was on
hand to present a proclamation recognizing 40 years of airborne law
enforcement excellence. He also presented a proclamation and 40 year
membership pin to retired division sergeant Richard Wilson.
the Tuscaloosa (AL) Police Department Air Patrol first took to the skies
in 1970, it had one of Alabama’s only police aviation units. Forty years
later, the aviation unit remains one of the department’s most visible
presences, patrolling the airspace around Tuscaloosa several hours each
its 40th anniversary in 2010, the Riverside (CA) Police Department (RPD)
is upping its game with new equipment, new helicopters and a dedicated
full-time SWAT team. Responsible for 120 square miles of territory, the
Aviation Unit’s resources and talent have proven their benefits
repeatedly during the past 40 years.
Yavapai County (AZ) Sheriff's Office (YCSO) received a very big donation
last month to help with daytime search and rescue efforts. Guidance
Helicopters, Inc. gave the department a 2005 model Robinson R44 Raven II
25-year-old man will face charges of interfering with the operation of
an aircraft after being accused of pointing a laser at a Columbus (OH)
Division of Police helicopter last month. The charge is a second-degree
felony that carries a possible sentence of up to eight years.
Specialties Unlimited (ASU) will be initiating and sponsoring its
inaugural Night Vision Awards to recognize individuals for proven
leadership in night vision operations, beginning at Heli-Expo 2011.
years, airborne law enforcement teams have wrestled with synchronizing
the images on their video screens with coordinates on paper maps as they
directed the movements of ground units below them. The Augmented Reality
System (ARS) is a dynamic real-time mapping system that gives airborne
law enforcement crews the ability to overlay street maps and other data
on live video with a touch of a computer screen, making coordination
with ground units more effective and efficient.
Spokane County (WA) Sheriff’s Office is now providing a log of their Air
Support Unit’s activities on its website
month, Maryland State Police Aviation Command awarded a contract to
AgustaWestland to provide six AW139 helicopters. The $71 million
contract calls for the first AW139 to be delivered in 18 months. These
aircraft will be produced at AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia, PA
17-year-old was arrested after he shined a laser light at a Martin
County (FL) Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Aviation Unit helicopter last month.
A MCSO spokeswoman said aviation deputies were on routine patrol in
their OH-58 shortly after midnight when they reported a green light
shining into their eyes. Deputies on the ground later located the
teenager riding a bicycle with a green laser light in his pocket. The
teen was arrested on a charge of misuse of a laser lighting device, a
Eurocopter unveiled a technologically advanced, single-engine helicopter
flight and mission simulator last month. During the launch event at the
company's Training Center, more than 100 customers, industry personnel
and media were on hand to view the new AS350 simulator and usher in a
new era of training for helicopter pilots and crews.
first production version of FLIR Systems’ new Star SAFIRE 380-HD system
was installed and flight-accepted by the Korean National Police Agency
on its Bell 412ST last month. The sensors’ single-LRU configuration and
FLIR’s new common interface is the latest in FLIR’s Star SAFIRE line of
Source: FLIR Systems
Suffolk County (NY) Police Department (SCPD) Aviation Section took
delivery of its third AS350 B2. SCPD’s fleet of four also includes an
EC145. The new helicopter replaces another that was sold in order to
upgrade to the AS350 B2.
Yorkshire Police Air Operations Unit, operating a MD Explorer, reached
the record of 12,600 flight hours as of mid-September. The flight hours
exceed any other MD Explorer, with Humberside (UK) Police Authority
having recently announced that their MD Explorer now exceeds 10,000
Source: MD Helicopters, Inc.
Dallas (TX) Police Department Helicopter Unit will soon be down to only
two helicopters, a result of the city's budget crisis. In 2007, the
department acquired a top-of-the-line Bell 407 helicopter, capable of
deploying its SWAT team. It is the newest and most capable aircraft, but
upkeep is expensive and the cash-strapped city plans to sell it.
The nomination period for ALEA elected offices to serve the term of July 2011 through July 2013 is open until December 15, 2010. Nominations are being accepted for the offices of President, Chief Financial Officer, Central Region Director, Canadian Region Director, and Southeast Region Director. To see if you qualify or to nominate someone, contact ALEA Secretary Gregg Weitzman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t delay, make your nominations known today!
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