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APSA E-Newsletter : 2019 January

January 2019 Airborne Public Safety Association, Inc.
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In This Issue:

Kick Off 2019 in Florida at APSA Safety Seminar

APSA 2019 Rescue Summit at HELI-EXPO

Next Week: Remote Pilot-In-Command Course in Niceville,  FL

Royal Cayman Police to Get New Helicopter

Wind Cited for Little Rock Police Helicopter Hangar Crash

Argentina Receives H125s in Law Enforcement Configuration

National Park Service Report Highlights Helicopters' Role on 9/11

Polish National Police Receives First Two S-70is

APSA Online Meetings: January Schedule

New York Police Department Ramps Up UAS Program

Deceased Columbus Police Officer Remembered

Sacramento Flying First Police Bell 505

Video: Kenya's Female Law Enforcement Aviation Crewmembers

Did You Know?

Florida Legislation Could Expand UAS in Law Enforcement

Ukraine Police Receives First Two New Helicopters

Video: Los Angeles Fire Department Helicopter Program

Grant Helps California Department Purchase UAS

Australian Police Department Learns Ropes of Aviation Fire Rescue

UAS Hampers Firefighting Effort in Tasmania

RCMP Receives First H145 Helicopter Operated in Canada

APSA Welcomes New Members

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Kick Off 2019 in Florida at APSA Safety Seminar

Kick Off 2019

Registration to APSA Safety Seminars is included in your APSA Individual Membership for all active APSA members (a fee applies for non-members). These Safety Seminars cover a wide range of topics through informative training classes as well as roundtable discussions. Marion County (FL) Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit will be our host for our first Safety Seminar of the new year.

The event will take place Feb. 5-7 at the Hilton Ocala Hotel in Ocala, FL, offering upscale accommodations in the “heart of horse country”. Make your reservations by calling 352-854-1400 or online and using the group discount code of “APSA” before Jan. 19. Hotel parking and WiFi are complimentary. You can find complete event information here, including the educational and networking agenda.

Survival Systems USA, Inc. will conduct Water Egress & Survival Training in conjunction with this event on Feb. 5 from 0800-1700. Students will learn from a team of experts how to egress after ditching in water and how to use your emergency air and survival vest. Equipment and techniques will be discussed in a classroom/ground school setting followed by practical application in the dunker at the hotel pool. There is $225 registration fee for members, plus a waiver form to be completed prior to training. Note: A minimum of 20 participants must be registered by January 15, 2019 to conduct this training. Members wishing to attend the Water Egress & Survival Training must contact Tracy Whitehead directly at twhitehead@survivalsystemsinc.com to register.

Make your plans to see the latest aviation products and technology displayed in our mini-tradeshow, as well as attend classes and network with peers, all while enjoying the beautiful city of Ocala! Register now.

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APSA 2019 Rescue Summit at HELI-EXPO

APSA 2019 Rescue Summit

The 2019 APSA Rescue Summit will be held in conjunction with HELI-EXPO on Monday, March 4, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. The day-long Rescue Summit will include various presentations pertaining to helicopter rescue operations including topics such as hoisting, safety and critical incident & accident reviews. Lunch will be provided and networking opportunities are scheduled throughout the day.

Registration for APSA’s 2019 Rescue Summit is included in your APSA Individual Membership. A fee applies to non-members. We are very excited about this year’s Rescue Summit and looking forward to seeing everyone there! Complete event information can be found here.

To inquire about being a 2019 Rescue Summit sponsor, contact Benay Osborne at 301-631-2406 or bosborne@publicsafetyaviation.org.

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Next Week: Remote Pilot-In-Command Course in Niceville, FL

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APSA will conduct a Remote Pilot-in-Command (RPIC) Course next week, January 19-20, at the Northwest Florida State College Criminal Justice Training Center. The registration fee is $175 and includes a one-year membership to APSA for new members.

APSA’s RPIC Course consists of 18 hours of classroom instruction for public safety personnel, both sworn and non-sworn, who are interested in obtaining their FAA Remote Pilot Certificate under FAR PART 107. The course is a must-have for agencies to train their personnel on how to operate sUAS and to obtain pilot certification. It will prepare the student to successfully take the FAA pilot’s exam for this rating.

In addition, 3 additional briefings specific to law enforcement use of sUAS will be conducted: Introduction to Law Enforcement use of sUAS; Obtaining certificates of authorization or waiver (COAS) and Part 107 waivers; and Aerial search and seizure

FAA EXAM IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE COURSE. EXAM MUST BE SCHEDULED AND PAID FOR SEPARATELY. Successful completion requires attendance at all classroom sessions. Registration and the educational agenda can be found on our website.

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Royal Cayman Police to Get New Helicopter

Royal Cayman PoliceThe Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) Air Operations Unit signed a memorandum of understanding in December 2018 that paves the way for the purchase and operation of the new Airbus H145. The helicopter, which will be used alongside the unit’s existing aircraft, is expected to be in operation by the middle of 2019.

According to a press release from the Governor’s Office, the helicopter “will boost Cayman’s capability in the areas of search and rescue, law enforcement and border protection operations. The aircraft will also be used to respond to disasters and other emergency situations in the other UK Caribbean Overseas Territories.”

Under the deal signed in London, the U.K. will contribute 25 percent of the purchase price and running costs of the helicopter from the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, while the Cayman Islands will pick up the remaining 75 percent.

According to the Governor’s Office, the overall cost of the new aircraft is just over $11 million, which also includes equipment and a training package. The addition of the second aircraft will also mean a new pilot and two tactical flight officers will be hired for the Air Operations Unit.

Premier Alden McLaughlin said in a statement, “This helicopter will provide invaluable support to our newly formed Coast Guard agency and the broader national security agencies. This addition to our aerial support will also position us as a center of excellence with capability and capacity in supporting security, law enforcement, and disaster response for our Caribbean Overseas Territories.”

SOURCE: www.caymancompass.com 

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Wind Cited for Little Rock Police Helicopter Hangar Crash

Wind Cited for Little Rock

An investigation into the helicopter crash that severely wounded a Little Rock Police Department pilot shows it was caused by a gust of wind -- not pilot error. Investigators said pilot and retired officer Bill Denio, an aviator for more than 46 years who had logged more than 8,000 hours of flight time, had no intention of flying the Air-3 Bell helicopter on Aug. 16 but planned to idle the aircraft to test a new battery that had been installed that day.

At 10:20 a.m., a wind flowing south struck the aircraft, causing the nose of the helicopter to lurch off of the dolly and become briefly airborne as the pilot tried to stabilize it, the investigation report said. The helicopter's rear point caught beneath the dolly it was originally sitting on, rotating the aircraft and causing it to crash, investigators said.

Two officers who were at the hangar at the time of the crash, and they had to cut the pilot, who was harnessed into the aircraft, out in order to render first aid until an ambulance could arrive. The pilot was severely injured in the crash, with multiple broken ribs, a separated sternum and a brain injury. He has since not been able to recall the accident, the report said.

Little Rock police acquired the helicopter, a 2001 Bell 206B TH-67, in 2015 through a federal military surplus program. The $500,000 helicopter, which was irreparably damaged in the accident, was primarily used to monitor major events. The Little Rock Police Department employs four licensed, part-time pilots.

SOURCE: www.nwaonline.com 

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Argentina Receives H125s in Law Enforcement Configuration

Argentina Receives

The Argentine Federal Police recently accepted two H125 helicopters completed for the public safety mission by Metro Aviation. The Louisiana-based completion center outfitted the helicopters with a Bambi Bucket for firefighting, upgraded avionics systems and a premium paint package. “These aircraft are going into service following their 12-year inspections,” said Pedro Martinez, Metro Aviation’s long-time business partner stationed in Argentina. Once in service, Martinez said the aircraft will “perform law enforcement operations, search and rescue, high mountain missions and EMS missions.” The delivery marks Metro Aviation’s 10th completion for Argentina.

SOURCE: www.verticalmag.com 

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National Park Service Report Highlights Helicopters’ Role on 9/11

National Park Service Reports

Two U.S. Park Police (USPP) helicopters played a vital role after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, according to a recently released report. The USPP Aviation Unit, established in 1973, is located in Anacostia Park about three miles from the Capitol building, White House and Pentagon.

When a hijacked 757 airliner crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11 after two others were flown into the World Trade Center in New York, NY, the two USPP Bell 412 helicopters, Eagle I and Eagle II, responded immediately. The crews transported injured personnel to hospitals, served as command and control platforms, used their forward-looking infrared equipment to provide firefighters with intelligence about the scope and spread of the fire, and took over air traffic control for the D.C. airspace after controllers at Washington National Airport had to evacuate due to thick smoke.

In an effort to document the events of 9/11, USPP historians and ethnographers conducted more than a hundred oral history interviews with employees in parks, regional offices and the USPP Washington headquarters. The result was a 132-page report, “The National Park Service: Responding to the September 11 Terrorist Attacks.”

SOURCE: www.fireaviation.com 

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Polish National Police Receives First Two S-70is

Polish National Police

The first two S-70i Black Hawk helicopters were delivered to the Polish National Police in December. The agreement signed in May 2018 also covers training for ground staff and pilots, a logistics package and service support in the first months of use.

The agency ordered a third S-70i Black Hawk helicopter in November for delivery by the end of March 2019.

Acquired as part of Poland's Police, Border Guard, State Fire Service and State Protection Service Program 2017-2020, the aircraft will support anti-terrorist operations carried out by the Anti-Terrorist Operations Office. “We are proud to deliver two reliable, durable and produced-in-Poland Black Hawk helicopters in six months from signing the contract, and join Poland to the group of international customers who chose this proven machine,” said Janusz Zakręcki, president of PZL Mielec. “The modernization plan of uniformed services is an important and responsible task. One of its elements is the modernization of the police aviation. We are proud that Black Hawk helicopters produced in Mielec can be part of this plan and serve national security from today.”

SOURCE: www.shephardmedia.com 

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APSA Online Meetings: January Schedule

APSA Online Meetings

APSA currently conducts separate monthly meetings for safety officers, maintenance technicians, and UAS operators. These meetings are conducted through an online conference call you can join using your computer, device or phone. Online meetings are open to any APSA member. Contract maintenance providers to APSA members are welcome to participate in the maintenance meeting as well. To receive meeting information and be added to the mailing list, send an email to safety@publicsafetyaviation.org.

For January 2019, the online meeting for UAS operators will be conducted on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 1:00-2:00 PM EST (1800 UTC). For safety officers, the meeting will be conducted Friday, Jan. 11 from 1:00-2:00 PM EST (1800 UTC), and for maintenance technicians on Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 1:00-2:00 PM EST (1800 UTC).

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New York Police Department Ramps Up UAS Program

New York Police Department Ramps

New York City Police Department officials announced in early December the agency will begin deploying unmanned aircraft systems to assist in rescue missions, traffic-accident investigations and large-scale events, a move that has raised privacy concerns among civil liberty advocates. Members of the NYPD Technical Assistance Response Unit will use 14 drones, which a spokesperson said will cost the department $480,000 over the course of 2019.

NYPD officials said the UAS are intended to help produce three-dimensional traffic scene projections, search for evidence and collect details in spills involving hazardous material. The unmanned aircraft, which have thermal sensors to detect heat, will also be used to monitor large events and hostage situations. NYPD is restricted from using the UAS to perform routine patrol, surveillance without a warrant or traffic enforcement.

SOURCE: www.wsj.com 

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Deceased Columbus Police Officer Remembered

Deceased Columbus Police Officer

Family and friends celebrated the life of retired Columbus Division of Police Officer David Hall in early December. Hall and a passenger were killed on Nov. 16 when the Narcotics Task Force helicopter they were flying crashed into a river. Those attending Hall’s funeral service described him as a person who never met a stranger.

“He was a great guy,” Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren said. “He had a love for the police department, he had a love for his community and he had a love for aviation. He put a little bit of his soul into all three of those things.”

Hall was serving as the pilot for the Metro Narcotics Drug Task Force when the helicopter he was flying hit unmarked power lines in Chilton County, AL, over the Coosa River. Both Hall and his passenger died in the crash. Hall served with the Columbus Police Department for more than 20 years, logging over 4,200 hours teaching pilots in various aircraft.

SOURCE: www.wtvm.com 

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Sacramento Flying First Police Bell 505

Sacramento Flying First

The Sacramento (CA) Police Department took delivery of the first Bell 505 configured for law enforcement operations in early December. The aircraft is equipped with high skid gear, forward/aft hard points for mounting equipment, a 15-inch monitor with moving map system, a loudhailer, an MX-10 EO/IR Sensor and a Trakka Beam Searchlight. “The ergonomic seats allow the pilot and tactical flight officer to fly for hours comfortably, and the large windows allow for greater visibility that makes searching for suspects and missing persons easier,” said Sergeant Randy Van Dusen of the Sacramento Police Department Air Operations Team.

As equipped, the helicopter cost approximately $2.8 million, with associated police equipment accounting for $1.1 million. The majority of the purchase price came from state grants and more than $400,000 from federal and state asset seizures. The department currently operates two military surplus Bell OH-58 helicopters.

Bell reports the Stockton, CA, police department will also soon receive a new 505 and is slated to begin flying it in March. Stockton received a $3 million state grant toward the purchase and operation of the helicopter, and the department estimates associated initial annual operating and fixed costs at $1.7 million based on flying 16 hours per week.

SOURCE: www.ainonline.com 

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Video: Kenya’s Female Law Enforcement Aviation Crewmembers

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A group of female crewmembers for the Kenya Police Airwing recently was featured in a government promotional video. See the video here

The video profiles the aviation division’s first female pilot and other women working for the department and suggests the Kenya Police Airwing expects to hire many more female pilots in the near future.

SOURCE: www.ntv.nation.co.ke 

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Did You Know?Did You Know

If you are an aspiring writer and/or photographer, we can get you published! APSA’s Air Beat magazine recently released its 2019 editorial calendar. Topics coming up in 2019 include Natural Resources Aviation (this topic deadlines on January 25; contact Air Beat for info), Tactical Flight Officers 101, Public Safety UAS, Technology in Public Safety Aviation as well as Women in Police Aviation. Share your own or your agency’s accomplishments and success stories, mission tactics or peer knowledge that would help another APSA member. We are looking for member articles and photography. Contact Editorial Director Lisa Wright at airbeat@publicsafetyaviation.org for complete details or call 727-343-5600.

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Florida Legislation Could Expand UAS in Law Enforcement

Florida Legislation

A bill in front of the Florida legislature could expand the use of unmanned aircraft systems by law enforcement agencies. HB 75 would increase police departments’ ability to deploy UAS for tasks like collecting evidence at crime scenes, reconstructing traffic accidents and crowd control.

State Representative Clay Yarborough, who’s been working on the bill since last year, said UAS can be a vital tool for officers around the state, especially when there’s an emergency. “You can get a drone going much faster and less costly than you would a helicopter, so they can still use those but to give them the ability to use the drones is a very efficient way to essentially be able to do the same thing,” Yarborough said. The bill is set to go to session in March 2019.

SOURCE: www.actionnewsjax.com 

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Ukraine Police Receives First Two New Helicopters

Ukraine Police Receives

The National Police of Ukraine received the first two of 55 helicopters it ordered from Airbus for public safety use in a deal worth more than $500 million. The two H225 Super Puma helicopters went on display at Kiev’s Boryspil International Airport during a handover ceremony in mid-December.

The National Police of Ukraine signed a contract for the 55 helicopters in July. The 24 H125s, 10 H145s and 21 H225s are set to be used for border monitoring, policing and emergency situations. “They will be aimed at providing rescue services, including in mountainous areas (and) in the area of the Azov Sea and the Black Sea, where we, unfortunately, have to be prepared for any incidents,” an official said.

SOURCE: www.saudigazette.com.sa 

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Video: Los Angeles Fire Department Helicopter Program

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The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Aviation program, which started in 1962 with one Bell 47, was recently featured in a video on the Fire Aviation news blog. Watch the video here.

Today, LAFD operates six helicopters: four AgustaWestland AW139s and two Bell Jet Rangers. The minimum qualifications for pilots are a private helicopter license, at least 100 hours of flight time in a helicopter and four years of firefighting experience with LAFD. Pilots accepted into the program also receive training from the Los Angeles Police Department.

SOURCE: www.fireaviation.com 

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Grant Helps California Department Purchase UAS

Grant Helps California

The Marysville (CA) Police Department recently received a $5,000 grant to assist in purchasing two unmanned aircraft systems. The department expects to use the UAS to monitor levees and survey the Yuba County area during flood events, evacuations and other emergencies. The drones will also be used to gather data to create maps indicating the inhabited areas most likely to be impacted from the consequences of floods.

The grant comes from the Yuba Water Agency’s Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program, created in January 2018. The grants are designed for first responder agencies in Yuba County and cover the one-time costs associated with the purchase of rescue equipment or specialized personnel training of up to $5,000 per applicant annually.

SOURCE: www.yubanet.com 

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Australian Police Department Learns Ropes of Aviation Fire Rescue

Australian Police Department

Staff from the Coolangatta Police Station in Australia attended an education session on airborne firefighting assets at the Gold Coast Airport in early December. The session covered topics like first response to an air crash, the role of the aviation fire rescue service and awareness of issues specific to an aviation environment, as well as offering a tour of the station facilities and demonstration of fire equipment. Aviation fire services in Australia are required to respond to an incident within three minutes of being called, which can cause traffic concerns at a busy airport. Similar sessions are expected to be conducted for other Gold Coast police officers in the near future.

SOURCE: www.mypolice.qld.gov.au 

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UAS Hampers Firefighting Effort in Tasmania

UAS Hampers Firefighting

Officials for the Tasmania Police said an aircraft fighting a bushfire on Bruny Island had to be grounded because of an unmanned aircraft system flying in the area. Drone operators are being warned about rules for flying in the wake of the incident. Fire crews had worked through Christmas Eve to fight the blaze, which forced the evacuation of about 100 people. Authorities said the fire was contained, and the island was safe to visit.

Officials for the state police department said the UAS were putting community safety at risk. “This is a reminder to all operators of drones to not fly near aircraft at any time,” police said. Flying drones near public safety or emergency operations, such as over bushfires, can be an offence under Tasmania’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority rules.

SOURCE: www.theguardian.com 

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RCMP Receives First H145 Helicopter Operated in Canada

RCMP Receives First

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has taken delivery of Canada’s first H145 helicopter. RCMP’s Air Support Unit will use the twin-engine helicopter to support tactical deployments day and night over land and water by its emergency response team, expanding its capabilities for fast roping and hoisting and assisting with missing persons investigations and search and rescue operations.

The aircraft will be based in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland facility and support operations throughout the province. The H145 has been equipped with an external hoist, Trakka A800 searchlight, enhanced reality system, health monitoring system, FLIR, night vision goggles, tactical flight officer workstation and internal long-range fuel tank system.

SOURCE: www.asiatraveltips.com 

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APSA Welcomes New Members

APSA would like to welcome the following corporate and individual members who joined during December 2018:

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Jay Carter, Jackson (TN) Police Department
Robert Cherot, Two Bear Air Rescue
Richard Collie, North Carolina State Highway Patrol
Buddy Crowell, Jackson (TN) Police Department
Adam Davies, Maryland State Police Aviation Command
Jamie Delieuze, Los Angeles 9CA) Police Department
Dean DeNegri, Millennium Specialty Lighting
Tommy Ferguson, Jackson (TN) Police Department
James Goodman, Leon County (FL) Sheriff's Office
Andrew Gross, Collins Aerospace Systems
Colleen Hopper, Sterling Heights (MI) Police Department
Dustin Johnson, Polk County (FL) Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit
Kyle Kmetetz, Lee County (FL) Sheriff's Office Aviation Division
Timothy Najmulski, Corona Police (CA) Department Air Support
Mike O'Connell, Jackson (TN) Police Department
Zachary Samland, Clark County (IN) Sheriff's Office
Jeffrey Spencer, Maine Warden Service
Robert Strausbaugh, Columbus (OH) Police Department Aviation Section Helicopter Unit
William Teague, Stockton (CA) Police Department
Josh Vinson, Jackson (TN) Police Department
Andres Wells, Tampa (FL) Police Department Aviation Unit
Gavin Woelfel, California Department of Fish & Wildlife

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