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APSA E-Newsletter : 2019 July

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

10 Days & Counting: APSA’s 49th Annual Conference & Exposition Landing in Omaha

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming APSA Safety Seminars in Las Vegas and Ottawa

HAI Announces Retirement of President/CEO Zuccaro

Park Service Aviation Manager Dies in Plane Crash

Japan National Police Orders Bell 412EPX

Police Drone Pivotal in Finding Suspects

Helicopter Helps Avert Ground Pursuit on First Day of Operation

Help Us Recognize Women in Public Safety Aviation

California’s Manteca Police Department Acquires UAS

Putnam County Drones Assist in the Rescue of Stranded Hikers

APSA Online Meetings: Summer Schedule

College Students Given Tour of MSP Aviation Command

Tasmania Police Ramps Up UAS Efforts to Police Driving Violations

UAS Interrupts Arizona Wildfire Control Operations

Mesa PD Selects Vendor for Helicopter Engine Maintenance

New Lifesaving Device a “Game Changer” for Police Aviation

Man Who Pointed Laser Receives Plea Deal; Felony Downgraded to Misdemeanor

Cobham Wins Award for Helicopter Antenna Integration

New DJI Government Edition Strengthens Drone Data Security

North Dakota Gets 4-Year Waiver to Fly Over People

Laser Offender Arrested for Hitting Police Helicopter

U.K. Police Departments Come Together for UAS Training

Nebraska Deploys Aviation Assets to Slow Bikers

Florida Sheriff’s Mechanic Named Employee of the Month

Australia Police Start Construction on New Aviation Headquarters

Work Starts on New Indiana State Police Aviation Base

Florida Department Launches UAS Program

Another U.K. Unit Launches UAS Team

APSA Welcomes New Members

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10 Days & Counting: APSA’s 49th Annual Conference & Exposition Landing in Omaha

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APSCON 2019, the world’s largest public safety aviation conference and exposition, will be held July 15-20 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, NE. APSCON 2019 is filled with education and training options, including some of the best conference courses and classes in the industry presented by its leading experts. The exhibit hall, open July 17-19, will feature the latest, cutting-edge technologies, products and services available to public safety aviators. There will be plenty of time to learn, network and experience the flavor of Omaha.

Last minute APSCON 2019 registration is available. Don’t delay, register online today.

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Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming APSA Safety Seminars in Las Vegas and Ottawa

Red Rock ShadowThe education and networking continue with APSA Safety Seminars scheduled in August and September. Join us August 27-29 in Las Vegas at the Red Rock Casino & Resort as we kick off the second half of our 2019 training schedule. Hosted by the Las Vegas Metro Police Air Support Unit, our third safety seminar of the year focuses on tactics and physiology for safer operations along with aircrew, safety officer and unit manager/supervisor roundtables. Reserve your room at a discounted rate by August 6 with code RCILVSS. You can register today and find more information here

In addition, Survival Systems USA, Inc. will conduct Water Egress & Survival Training on Aug. 27 in conjunction with this event. 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 a $225 registration fee; please email twhitehead@survivalsystemsinc.com direct to register.

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The following week, September 3-5, we conduct our fourth safety seminar of 2019 in Canada’s beautiful capital city of Ottawa. Join us at the Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa Downtown as public safety aviators from across Canada gather to learn and share. Discounted room rates are available with code APSA if booked by Aug. 22. You can register and find more details here

APSA Safety Seminars are offered free of charge for all active APSA members (a fee applies for non-members) and, in addition to the classes, have an exhibit area where you can visit with suppliers and explore the latest public safety aviation products and services.

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HAI Announces Retirement of President/CEO Zuccaro

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 2Last month, Matt Zuccaro, President and CEO of Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced he would retire effective June 30, 2020. Zuccaro has had a distinguished 50-year career as an aviator, beginning as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam with the US Army. He went on to hold a variety of leadership positions at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Eastern Regional Helicopter Association, and HAI. He has earned many accolades over his career, including two Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Bronze Stars, and 19 Air Medals for his service in Vietnam, as well as the HAI Pilot Safety Award for 10,000 hours of accident- and violation-free flight hours and the NBAA Pilot Safety award.

Zuccaro has led the association as President and CEO since November 2005. “The HAI Board of Directors, on behalf of the entire industry, offer our deepest appreciation to Matt for his service,” says outgoing HAI Chair James Wisecup. “Through his leadership, HAI has been a leading advocate to improve the safety of helicopter operations worldwide. Matt has also been a forceful supporter for the industry in legislative and regulatory matters, saving our members and the industry at large from over burdensome legislation and regulations.”

“We wish Matt well, and we thank him for the opportunity to take the next year to select his successor thoughtfully,” says incoming Chair Jan Becker. “Our industry is evolving at a record pace. The next HAI president must be capable of navigating through several complex issues, including the pilot and maintenance technician shortage and the safe integration of unmanned aerial systems, while continuing to provide members with tools that enhance the economic viability, safety, and public acceptance of their operations,” she says.

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Park Service Aviation Manager Dies in Plane Crash

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 3Jeffrey Babcock, an Alaska National Park Service aviation unit manager and career law enforcement officer, died in a plane crash in late May. Babcock’s friends and family gathered to celebrate his life on June 1. Babcock and another man were flying from Whitehorse, AK, to Anchorage; their Cessna 170B crashed shortly after takeoff.

Babcock began his career in law enforcement with the Kodiak Police Department. He then spent 20 years as an Alaska State Trooper. He eventually joined the National Park Service as a regional aviation manager, overseeing a fleet of about 16 airplanes and 21 pilots throughout Alaska.

“He was one of those people that were larger than life,” said Bert Frost with the Alaska National Park Service. “You couldn't ask for a better person or a better friend. He'd do anything for you. If you needed to move, if you needed assistance of some sort, if you just needed a friend, if you needed to just hang out or if you needed somebody to bust up with, he was the guy to do it.”

SOURCE: www.ktuu.com 

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Japan National Police Orders Bell 412EPX

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The Japan National Police Agency placed the first order for a Subaru Bell 412 EPX in late June. “We thank the [Japan] National Police Agency for its trust,” said Mitch Snyder, Bell's president and CEO. “These aircraft will contribute to the overall safety and security of the people in Japan’s Iwate Prefecture.”

Bell and Subaru announced their collaboration on the 412EPX last year. The helicopter represents the latest upgrade to the Bell 412 series. Subaru delivered a prototype for testing in February. The Subaru Bell 412EPX features a more robust main rotor gearbox dry run capability, increased internal maximum gross weight to 12,200 pounds and a mast torque output increase of 11 percent at speeds below 60 knots.

SOURCE: www.aviationpros.com 

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Police Drone Pivotal in Finding Suspects

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Last month, a Lincolnshire Police drone proved vital in finding three on-the-run men. The agency’s UAV was used to track down three men who had fled from a nearby road traffic collision. Commenting on the joint work between the U.K.’s Lincolnshire Police, Gainsborough Police, the drone team and K9 units, the supervising sergeant commented on how the drone was vital, saying, “Without the drone, we would never have found them.” The drone team took to Twitter to release footage of the work done. See the video here.

Source: www.commercialdroneprofessional.com 

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Helicopter Helps Avert Ground Pursuit on First Day of Operation

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 6The Stockton (CA) Police Department’s first-ever helicopter, Falcon One Zero, had its first day on the job last month. Police Chief Eric Jones says the helicopter already made a difference by averting an on-the-ground pursuit of a stolen car and aiding in the arrests of the suspects. “Air support staff were able to observe and then report where the suspects got out of the vehicle and then were on foot, and then ground units were able to vector in and make an arrest, so it was an outstanding debut day for our helicopter, no doubt,” he said.

Jones said the helicopter is needed in a city with 350,000 people and covering 60 square miles. “First making our community safer and also it makes the jobs of our officers safer, so it’s really an outstanding new tool for Stockton that is long deserved,” he said. Jones also said that a state grant of $3 million was used to purchase the Bell 505, which is equipped with high-definition cameras, infrared detection and a LoJack recovery system for stolen vehicles. He adds that Falcon One Zero will also help other law enforcement agencies in the county with mutual aid when needed.

SOURCE: http://www.capradio.org 

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APSA is dedicating an issue of Air Beat Magazine to highlight the contributions of women in public safety aviation. We need your help to spotlight female unit commanders, aircrew members, UAS operators, maintenance technicians and marketing specialists.

If you would like to recognize a female peer in your aviation unit, please contact Lisa at airbeat@publicsafetyaviation.org. Thank you for helping us to salute the achievements of women in public safety aviation. Call 727-343-5600 with any questions or for more information.

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California’s Manteca Police Department Acquires UAS

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 8The Manteca (CA) Police Department has acquired an unmanned aircraft system at a cost of $26,000. Only officers with commercial licenses will pilot the UAS. One Manteca detective is currently available to operate the UAS, but the department expects to have two more pilots by the end of the year. Eventually, Manteca’s goal is to have all seven of its watch commanders licensed to fly the UAS. A spokesperson said the department would follow strict FAA and internal guidelines in operating the drone, including obtaining search warrants to surveil private property.

The Manteca Police Department recently used its UAS to provide overwatch during a robbery suspect pursuit. Video of the chase can be seen here.

SOURCE: www.fox40.com 

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Putnam County Drones Assist in the Rescue of Stranded Hikers

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 9The Putnam County (NY) Sheriff’s Office provided assistance last month during a rescue operation within the Hudson Highlands State Park. Two hikers had called for help after becoming stranded on a steep cliff. The Cold Spring Fire Department and the New York State Park Police located the two hikers, but the extreme terrain prevented them from affecting a rescue. The Orange County Technical Rescue Team was summoned to the scene due to their expertise in dangerous “high-angle” rescue operations. Upon arrival, the team’s Commanding Officer, Orange County Deputy Fire Coordinator of Special Operations Tony Kurtz, requested an aerial view of the stranded hikers in order to facilitate the “planning and retrieval mission”. His goal was to mitigate the risk to his team as they descended from above on ropes.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office was asked to assist with its UAV. Sergeant Matthew Monroe and Deputy William Rossiter responded to the scene. Sergeant Monroe, Commanding Officer of Flight Operations, assessed the situation and authorized the use of two unmanned aircraft. Both UAS, a DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise and a DJI M200 Matrice, were airborne within minutes and piloted to the area above the stranded hikers. Deputy Coordinator Kurtz was provided with a live-feed from the UAS cameras that enabled him to inspect the terrain features in great detail. He and his team quickly finalized their plan and began their mission. Several firefighters descended the cliff and recovered two male hikers; neither was injured.

The agency operates three specialized UAS, purpose-built for lifesaving missions. The aircraft are equipped with advanced GPS systems, cameras capable of 180x zoom, FLIR thermal imaging sensors, powerful searchlights and public address speakers.

Source: https://news.hamlethub.com 

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APSA Online Meetings: Summer Schedule

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 10APSA conducts regularly scheduled online meetings for safety officers and maintenance technicians as well as UAS and SAR operators via a 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.

Online meetings this summer include one for safety officers on Friday, July 12, from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT (1700 UTC); for UAS operators on Wednesday, August 14, from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT (1700 UTC); SAR operators on Wednesday, August 21, from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT (1700 UTC); and maintenance technicians on Thursday, August 22 from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT (1700 UTC).

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College Students Given Tour of MSP Aviation Command

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 11Fourth semester students at Pittsburg Institute of Aeronautics Hagerstown were able to participate in a tour of the Maryland State Police (MSP) Aviation Command Hangar in Frederick, MD last month. The tour allowed the students to learn about the equipment and operations at the facilities. Students were able to see MSP’s helicopters up close and discuss the features, uses and maintenance of the aircraft with the aviation staff members. Students were shown a unique opportunity in the field of aviation and provided information regarding employment opportunities after graduation.

Source: Pittsburg Institute of Aeronautics

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Tasmania Police Ramps Up UAS Efforts to Police Driving Violations

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 12A pool of Tasmania Police officers completed their Civil Aviation Safety Authority training to operate the department’s newly purchased drones in mid-June. In 2018, the state government announced it would spend $100,000 per year from 2018-19 on UAS and remote pilot training. The force hopes to use the UAS to crack down on anti-social driving behavior.

The first installment of the government funding was used to purchase 16 UAS and license 16 officers to fly them. The officers were expected to receive their licenses this month, and the Tasmania Police plans to locate UAS in all districts and offer public order services, forensic services, and search and rescue. The UAS will have a diverse range of capabilities, including thermal imaging.

SOURCE: www.examiner.com.au 

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UAS Interrupts Arizona Wildfire Control Operations

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 13The air attack coordinator helping fight Arizona’s Coldwater Fire in early June was forced to ground a helicopter when he spotted a drone within the temporary flight restriction (TFR) area. The helicopter was forced to stay on the ground until it was safe to resume operations. It is illegal to operate a private drone near any wildfire or in a TFR area. Drones near wildfires create a serious safety hazard for fire aircraft. The Coldwater Fire burned more than 6,000 acres of forest lands.

SOURCE: www.uasvision.com/

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Mesa PD Selects Vendor for Helicopter Engine Maintenance

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 14The Mesa (AZ) Police Department has selected Helicopter Engine Repair Overhaul Services (H.E.R.O.S. Inc.), a leader in the Rolls Royce 250 industry, to provide helicopter engine maintenance. Under the contract, H.E.R.O.S. Inc. will provide maintenance for the Aviation Unit’s three MD helicopters. Since H.E.R.O.S. Inc. opened its doors in 1988, both single ship and large fleet operators have grown to depend upon its quality workmanship, competitive pricing, and superior customer service, the company said.

Source: H.E.R.O.S., Inc.

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New Lifesaving Device a “Game Changer” for Police Aviation

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 15A new tool is available that may help police aviation and marine units save lives this boating season. The Nassau County (NY) Police Department, along with Suffolk County police, recently demonstrated the rescue stick, which can be dropped from a helicopter at about 120 feet above a distressed swimmer. The device self-inflates when it hits the water.

“It’s a game changer—so simple yet an effective tool to effect a water rescue and possibly save someone’s life,” said Lieutenant Adam Fischer of the Nassau Police Aviation Unit. Aviation officers said you couldn’t throw a life preserver or ring out of a helicopter, because it could get sucked into the rotors. The $150 rescue stick weighs only a pound but drops straight down with accuracy.

SOURCE: www.newyork.cbslocal.com 

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Man Who Pointed Laser Receives Plea Deal; Felony Downgraded to Misdemeanor

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 16A 42-year-old man who directed a laser pointer at a Spokane County (WA) Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit helicopter was sentenced to one day in jail with credit for one day of time served. The man signed a plea agreement to the charge of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, which was downgraded from his original charge of suspicion of unlawfully discharging a laser, which is a felony. The man’s sentence, filed June 23 in Spokane County Superior Court, included 12 months of probation and a $450 fine, according to court documents.

The green laser offense occurred on Feb. 20, and the pilot said the laser hit her helicopter twice for one second each. She was able to find the house where the beam came from, and when ground officers knocked on the door of the house, the man answered the door holding the laser pointer in his hand, according to court documents. He told deputies he wanted to see how far the laser could reach.

Source: www.spokesman.com

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Cobham Wins Award for Helicopter Antenna Integration

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 17Cobham Aerospace Communications was recently awarded an Airbus Innovation Award for its work on antenna integration into helicopter fuselage structures. The award-winning design is said to integrate multiple antenna functions within the fuselage’s composite in one place, instead of as many as 20 externally mounted antennas per helicopter, each with complex installation challenges. In the future, aircraft manufacturers will be able to acquire the composite structures with Cobham antennas embedded inside, meaning fewer part numbers to procure and assemble, the company said. This will lead to quicker production times, elimination of physical damage to external antennas and a more streamlined aesthetic for reduced drag.

“Cobham is committed to working with partners like Airbus to help keep them at the cutting edge of aircraft innovation,” says Paul Kahn, president of Cobham Communications and Connectivity. “This technology has applications beyond helicopters, on fixed-wing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles, where it has the potential to deliver substantial fuel and emissions savings. We look forward to announcing its use on other airframes soon.”

Source: www.compositesworld.com 

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New DJI Government Edition Strengthens Drone Data Security

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 18DJI has introduced a new drone solution designed specifically for use in high-security situations by government agencies. The company says DJI Government Edition ensures that drone data, including photos and videos captured during flight, never leave the drone and, therefore, can never be shared with unauthorized parties, including DJI.

“DJI Government Edition allows government agencies to serve the public more efficiently and effectively using the industry’s most widely adopted drone technology, while maintaining total control over their data,” says Mario Rebello, vice president and regional manager of North America at DJI. “This is DJIʼs most secure drone solution to date because it prevents users from accidentally or even intentionally transferring data off of the drone to other parties. By incorporating these assurances into its architecture, the Government Edition solution meets the rigorous data security expectations of government agencies and provides them the safety, reliability and ease of operation that DJIʼs products are respected for by commercial drone pilots around the world.”

DJI notes it first developed the solution to meet the needs of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Office of Aviation Services, which operated more than 10,000 drone flights in 2018 alone. Government Edition drones were used in over 1,500 of those missions, and its security has been validated through multiple audits performed by the DOIʼs external and internal partners, says DJI.

Source: DJI

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North Dakota Gets 4-Year Waiver to Fly Over People

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 19The North Dakota Department of Transportation received a four-year waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones over people last month. The drones will conduct normal DOT duties, such as inspecting roads and bridges and acting as a first responder to emergencies, according to Russ Buchholz, the Strategy and Innovation Director and Integration Pilot Program Administrator at the DOT.

Currently, flying a drone over people or moving vehicles is illegal. The waiver, for which the DOT was approved June 20, would exempt the DOT from this rule, and it would mark the first time that a North Dakota state agency has received a waiver to conduct routine drone operations over people.

“Safety is the top priority,” Buchholz said. The drones that will be used are part of the DJI Mavic 2 series equipped with a ParaZero SafeAir parachute recovery system. The Northern Plains UAS Testing Site in Grand Forks completed the third-party safety validation for the parachute. The drones are restricted to Class G airspace, which means they cannot come into restricted areas, such as the airspace around airports, military bases and some stadiums and national parks.

Source: Grand Forks Herald

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Laser Offender Arrested for Hitting Police Helicopter

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 20A man was arrested last month for pointing a laser at a Broward County (FL) Sheriff’s Office helicopter. “The aircraft was in search for a suspect, and they were hit with a laser from somebody on the ground,” said Miller. According to BSO, the suspect was later arrested at his home, where the laser was found right next to him. The man was charged with misuse of a laser and possession of cannabis.

“It’s extremely dangerous for even the people on the ground, depending on how badly we get lased, the injuries,” said Chief Pilot Brian Miller. “If the laser causes blindness, we can lose control of the aircraft. For us, we’re a single-pilot operator, so if we get damaged, then we can’t see what’s going on, and there’s really not much of a way for us to land the helicopter, so it could potentially cause a crash.”

Source: www.WSVC7news.com

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U.K. Police Departments Come Together for UAS Training

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 21U.K. police departments from Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire joined for an unmanned aircraft systems training event in early June. The training featured work with a lifeboat team and three mock scenarios in which volunteers hid from drone operators tasked with finding them. Inspector Ed Delderfield, Lincolnshire’s UAS team director, said the scenarios featured a suspect armed with a gun, another at risk of harming himself, and a third on the run. The U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority recently changed its UAS rules, allowing the devices to be used at distances of up to 500 meters, and even further under certain circumstances.

SOURCE: www.spaldingtoday.co.uk 

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Nebraska Deploys Aviation Assets to Slow Bikers

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 22The Nebraska State Patrol is working with local law enforcement departments to stop speeding motorcycles this summer, and helicopters stand to play a significant part in the effort. “Motorcycles have a unique ability to evade law enforcement in a metro environment because they can drive around cars easier than we can in our own police cruisers,” Captain Jason Scott said. “We'll use resources like helicopters from either Omaha Police or Nebraska State Patrol, or even both, to help out.”

The Nebraska State Patrol plans to conduct special enforcement operations to stop speeding bikers in Douglas and Sarpy counties for the second year in a row. A nearly $18,000 grant from the Nebraska Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office will allow for the aviation support, as well as more law enforcement on the ground.

SOURCE: www.3newsnow.com 

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Florida Sheriff’s Mechanic Named Employee of the Month

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 23A Manatee County (FL) Sheriff’s Office aviation mechanic, Jamey Thompson, saved the agency a considerable amount of money and a potential helicopter accident in May. He was named the department’s employee of the month. Thompson was replacing the sheriff’s department helicopter windshields when he discovered considerable structural damage to the upper airframe. Thompson told supervisors the cost to send the aircraft out for repairs would be prohibitive and might ground the aircraft permanently. A certified airframe mechanic, Thompson completed the repair himself, including disassembly, documentation, metal fabrication and reassembly, in under two months.

SOURCE: www.heraldtribune.com 

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Australia Police Start Construction on New Aviation Headquarters

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 24The New South Wales Aviation Support Branch has begun construction on its new PolAir headquarters. The 2.5-hectare hangar and office complex at Bankstown Airport is expected to be completed by July 2020. Five PolAir helicopters and three fixed-wing aircraft will be housed at the facility.

PolAir performs a variety of law enforcement functions and searches for missing people, vessels, aircraft and offenders. The unit’s aircraft also are used for rescue missions and counter-terrorism operations. PolAir aircraft are outfitted with high definition video cameras, searchlights and integrated touch screen digital glass cockpits with GPS navigation systems. The New South Wales government has committed to investing $34.7 million to upgrade the PolAir fleet this year.

SOURCE: www.miragenews.com 

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Work Starts on New Indiana State Police Aviation Base

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 25Construction has begun on the new Indiana State Police aviation base planned for a suburban Indianapolis airport. State police and Greenwood city officials took part in a groundbreaking ceremony in late June for the new facility at the Indy South Greenwood Airport. The estimated $2.5 million construction project will include a new hangar for police helicopters and planes and office space for the aviation unit. The unit has been based at the Indianapolis Regional Airport just east of the city since 2014. State police officials said they chose the Greenwood site because of its central location and proximity to Interstate 65. The new hangar is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

SOURCE: www.duboiscountyherald.com 

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Florida Department Launches UAS Program

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 26The Haines City (FL) Police Department has launched an unmanned aircraft systems program. The drones are being used for a variety of calls, such as aerial searches for missing people, tracking suspects, and reconnaissance before officers enter hazardous areas. Haines City has relied on UAS from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in the past. “Having a drone readily available will help us better serve our residents and perhaps even save lives,” Haines City Chief Jim Elensky said.

Elensky tapped Sergeant Chad Smith to manage the UAS program. Smith has an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate, and the department plans to add more pilots as the program expands. “I think we’re going to be able to do a lot of good with this and help keep our residents and officers safe,” Smith said. Haines City’s DJI Mavic 2 Dual Pro Enterprise is equipped with a thermal sensor, a spotlight, infrared technology, GPS time-stamping, a 4K camera and a public address system.

SOURCE: www.newschief.com 

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Another U.K. Unit Launches UAS Team

2019 07 Enewlsetter Image 27The Gloucestershire Constabulary in the U.K. has launched an unmanned aircraft systems unit to give officers an aerial view of crime scenes and search areas. Seven drones will be used across the county. The department first deployed its UAS at an annual festival and competition in early June, relaying images of the event to ground commanders.

The department has trained 12 officers to pilot its UAS, and each operator is accredited by the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority. The pilots will continue to serve in other law enforcement roles but be available to respond to requests for UAS assistance. The county expects to use the UAS for searches for missing and vulnerable people, rural crime investigations, aerial photography of crime scenes and road traffic collisions, and support for large sporting events.

SOURCE: www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk 

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APSA Welcomes New Members

APSA would like to welcome the following corporate and individual members who joined during June 2019:

Corporate Members:APSA Corporate

AeroGuard Flight Training Center
Air Evac Lifeteam
Hupp Aerospace/Defense
Med-Pac, Inc.
Point Lighting Corporation
Propper International
Specmat Technologies, Inc.
UASTrakker

Individual Members:

Ian Allard, NYPD Aviation Unit
APSA IndividualAlberto Amado, Dirección de Seguridad Publica Municipal de Chihuahua
Stephen Anderson, Benton County (AR) Sheriff's Office
Michael Batley, SkyForce LLC
Bruce Baver, NYPD Aviation Unit
Robert Bernhardt, NYPD Aviation Unit
John Biscarri, NYPD Aviation Unit
Linden Blank, Kansas Highway Patrol Air Support Unit
John Blosser, Suffolk County (NY) Police Department Special Operations Bureau
Matthew Bonin, Hillsborough County (FL) Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit
Zack Bonniwell, Delaware State Police Aviation Section Administration
Kenneth Boss, NYPD Aviation Unit
Edgar Burroughs, NYPD Aviation Unit
Daniel Bust, Queensland Police
Nicholas Byrd, San Jose (CA) Police Department Air Support Unit
Anthony Caputo, NYPD Aviation Unit
Dray Carlton, Kansas Highway Patrol Air Support Unit
Michael Carr, NYPD Aviation Unit
Michael Cayse, Ohio Task Force 1 / FEMA US&R
Darwin Cedeno, NYPD Aviation Unit
Sean Chandler, Texas Department of Public Safety
Billy Chanthavisouk, Harris County (TX) Sheriff's Office
Royston Charles, NYPD Aviation Unit
Kenneth Conlan, NYPD Aviation Unit
Craig Coogan, NYPD Aviation Unit
Patrick Corbett, NYPD Aviation Unit
Luis Corral, Dirección de Seguridad Publica Municipal de Chihuahua
Phil Curry, Colorado State Patrol Aircraft Section
Anthony Daniels, NYPD Aviation Unit
Corey DeBolt, Jacksonville (FL) Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit
Derek Dehorta, NYPD Aviation Unit
Christian Delacruz, NYPD Aviation Unit
Thomas Diaz, NYPD Aviation Unit
Dustin Dimpflmaier, NYPD Aviation Unit
Mark Direnzo, NYPD Aviation Unit
Michael Dossantos, NYPD Aviation Unit
Daniel Downing, USAF
Danny Edling, NYPD Aviation Unit
Richard Erickson, Saskatoon (SK) Police Service Air Support Unit
Brian Fee, San Jose (CA) Police Department - Air Support
Robert Glennon, NYPD Aviation Unit
Ricki Gomez, NYPD Aviation Unit
Michael Gonzalez, NYPD Aviation Unit
Stephen Greene, NYPD Aviation Unit
Lyndon Greene, Durham (ON) Regional Police Air Support Unit
Michael Guardino, NYPD Aviation Unit
Hassan Hamdy, NYPD Aviation Unit
Antonio Hernandez, NYPD Aviation Unit
Gregory Hess, NYPD Aviation Unit
Edwin Hill, Pasco County (FL) Sheriff's Office
James Horne, Anne Arundel County (MD) Police Department Aviation Unit
Manuel Huerta, NYPD Aviation Unit
Bryan Husband, Deschutes County (OR) Sheriff's Office
Christopher Imperial, NYPD Aviation Unit
Steve Ingrassia, Anne Arundel County (MD) Police Department Aviation Unit
Michael Johnsen, Tulalip (WA) Police Department
Zachary Johnson, Alaska State Troopers
Stephen Jones, Spokane County (WA) Sheriff's Office
Joseph Knight, NYPD Aviation Unit
Richard Knoeller, NYPD Aviation Unit
Alex Kobetis, Delaware State Police Aviation Section Administration
Aaron Kriss, Phoenix (AZ) Police Department
Coby Leuschke, CG Leuschke
Seth Levinstein, NYPD Aviation Unit
Maribel Lopez, Dirección de Seguridad Publica Municipal de Chihuahua
Darin Lutz, Kansas City (MO) Police Department
Milburne Lynn, Prince George's County (MD) Police
Coley Maddigan, Los Angeles (CA) Police Department Air Support Division
Chris Maher, NYPD Aviation Unit
Rubens Maleiner, Brazilian Federal Police Aviation Unit
Richard Mardarello, NYPD Aviation Unit
John Martin, NYPD Aviation Unit
Russell Maturo, NYPD Aviation Unit
Daryl Maudsley, NYPD Aviation Unit
Barton Maupin, Washington State Patrol Aviation Unit
Steve Maya, La Paz County (AZ) Sheriff's Office
Jordan Mayer, Louisiana State Police Air Support Unit
Joseph Medina, NYPD Aviation Unit
Kellyn Neth, South Dakota Highway Patrol
Andrew Nikkel, Stanislaus County (CA) Sheriff's Department Air Support Unit
Megan O'Connor, FlightSafety
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Cesar Pazmino, NYPD Aviation Unit
James Pecorale, NYPD Aviation Unit
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James Varga, NYPD Aviation Unit
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Peter Weiss, NYPD Aviation Unit
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Jason Wolf, NYPD Aviation Unit
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Waseng Xiong, Benton County (WA) Sheriff's Office
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Laura Zbikowski, NYPD Aviation Unit
Pierre Zimmerli, NYPD Aviation Unit
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