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APSA E-Newsletter : 2020 January

January 2020 Airborne Public Safety Association, Inc.
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In This Issue:

APSA Rescue Summit at HELI-EXPO – January 27, 2020

Kick Off The New Year in Florida at APSA Safety Seminar

APSA Offers New Pix4D Course; March 17-19

FAA Issues Long-Awaited Proposed Rule on Remote Identification for Drones; Public Comments Wanted for 60 Days

FAA-Led Update on ADS-B at HELI-EXPO Scheduled

Albuquerque Unveils New $5.5 Million Helicopter

New Hampshire Department Adds Five UAS for Search Operations

San Diego Receives New Firehawk

Michigan State Police Release Video of Stolen Truck Pursuit

FAA Expands LAANC UAS Program

Lincolnshire Police Use UAS to Save Freezing Man

Illinois Man Sentenced for Pointing Laser at Police Helicopter

Miami-Dade Orders Four AW139s

APSA Online Meetings: Upcoming Schedule

Hiker Sues Phoenix After Helicopter Rescue

Michigan State Aviation Offers Erosion Surveillance

Maryland State Helicopter Hoists Injured Hiker From Ravine

Botswana Police Orders Three Enstrom Helicopters

Georgia Sheriff Reports Success With UAS

Australian Unit Promotes Helicopter-Based Charity Effort

Indian Department Contracts for Air Support

Maryland Medevac Helicopter Limited by Staffing Shortage

South Africa’s Cape Town Uses Helicopters to Patrol Beachgoers

Texas Department Uses UAS to Catch Burglary Suspect

San Antonio Police Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing

APSA Welcomes New Members

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APSA's E-Newsletter is designed to bring you the latest on news and events within the public safety aviation community. The E-Newsletter may also be read online here at our website.


APSA Rescue Summit at HELI-EXPO – January 27, 2020

The Airborne Public Safety Association Rescue Summit 2020 will be held in conjunction with HELI-EXPO 2020 on Jan. 27 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. Rescue Summit 2020 will include various presentations pertaining to helicopter rescue operations, including topics such as hoisting, safety, and critical incident and accident reviews. Lunch will be provided, and networking opportunities are scheduled throughout the day. Rescue Summit 2020 is intended for all who use vertical takeoff and landing aircraft in rescue operations.

Registration for Rescue Summit 2020 is included in APSA individual membership dues; a nominal fee for non-members applies. Register here or call 301-631-2406 with any questions. All attendees must be registered to participate. 

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Kick Off The New Year in Florida at APSA Safety Seminar

APSA’s first Safety Seminar of 2020 takes place in Gainesville, FL, Feb 25-27, hosted by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office and Gainesville Police Department. APSA Safety Seminars cover a wide range of topics through informative training classes and roundtable discussions, and include a mini-tradeshow as well. The registration fee for this and all APSA Safety Seminars is included in your APSA Individual Membership dues as a benefit of membership; a nominal fee for non-members applies.

The event will take place at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Hotel, and a group rate of $124 per night with discount code APSA20 is available until February 11, 2020. Hotel parking and Wi-Fi are complimentary. Make your reservations online. 

Survival Systems USA, Inc. will conduct Water Egress & Survival Training in conjunction with this event. 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 February 5, 2020 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 Gainesville, FL. Register now!

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APSA Offers New Pix4D Course; March 17-19

APSA has partnered with Forensic Mapping Solution, Inc. to conduct this 3-day Pix4D training course. Pix4D is the leading photogrammetry software for drone mapping, transforming images into 2D and 3D digital evidence. And the new Pix4Dreact creates 2D fast mapping for emergency response.  By the end of this course, each attendee should have a working understanding of the concepts of:

  • Photogrammetry
  • Image Capture
  • Georeferencing
  • Verifying Accuracy
  • Data Processing
  • Outputs/Workflow
  • Quality Report and Processing Options

Scheduled for March 17-19, 2020, and hosted by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office in Washington, this course includes both classroom and practical flying sessions. Check out the APSA website for additional information and to register.

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FAA Issues Long-Awaited Proposed Rule on Remote Identification for Drones; Public Comments Wanted for 60 Days

On Dec. 26, the FAA released its long-anticipated proposed rule that would require the remote identification (“Remote ID”) of unmanned aircraft system in the United States. The proposed rule is an important step in advancing UAS policy-making in the U.S. and addressing emergent safety and security issues, such as close encounters between drones and manned aircraft and unlawful drone operations in places such as airports, military bases, outdoor events and civil infrastructure. As addressing these safety and security issues is critical to the advancement of new and innovative commercial drone applications, UAS stakeholders will wish to comment on the proposed rule and its benefits, burdens, costs, viability and any issues not addressed.

The proposed rule had been delayed on three separate occasions, most recently in September, and is viewed by federal authorities and industry stakeholders as a linchpin to further UAS integration and expansion of operations currently restricted by the FAA. The proposed rule will be open for public comment for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register on December 31, 2019 and is available here.

Current UAS regulations do not provide a way for federal and state authorities to determine a drone’s identification except by physically inspecting the registration number, which is often impossible. Remote ID allows a drone to transmit identifying information while in flight to other parties, such as the FAA, federal security agencies, law enforcement, people on the ground and other airspace users. The FAA and industry stakeholders view Remote ID as a critical element for building unmanned traffic management capabilities and for enabling routine expanded operations, such as flights at night, beyond visual line of sight, and over people, which are currently restricted under Part 107 rules (14 C.F.R. §107) without an individualized waiver from the FAA (14 C.F.R. §107.200).

Under the proposed rule, all UAS operating in U.S. airspace, with very limited exceptions, would be subject to the proposed Remote ID requirements. All UAS operators would be required to comply except those flying UAS that are not otherwise required to be registered under the FAA’s existing rules. All UAS produced for operation in U.S. airspace would have to comply with the design and production requirements established in the proposed rule, with exceptions for amateur-built UAS, U.S. government UAS, and unmanned aircraft weighing less than 0.55 pounds. To review other aspects of the proposed rule, read here.

The proposed rule will be open for public comment for 60 days following publication in the Federal Register posted on December 31, 2019. UAS stakeholders should consider commenting on key topics affecting their operations, including: (1) the costs/burdens to drone operators; (2) the FAA’s performance-based standards and feasibility of associated technical requirements and compliance; (3) the proposed Remote ID USS network model; (4) data privacy and information security; (5) implementation timing for Remote ID and expanded operations; and (6) tamper-resistance.

Source: www.lexology.com

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FAA-Led Update on ADS-B at HELI-EXPO Scheduled

Jan. 1, 2020 marked the long-anticipated implementation of the FAA’s ADS-B Out regulation. ADS-B Out broadcasts your aircraft’s location to the FAA’s NextGen Traffic Management System. ADS-B In allows you to substantially enhance situational awareness by displaying the location of other aircraft around you as well as enhanced weather reporting. For additional information, visit www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/resources.

If you still have questions about operating with ASD-B Out (and ADS-B In), there will be a FAA-led ADS-B update at HAI’s HELI-EXPO 2020 on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 1:00-2:00 pm, Room 204A, Anaheim Convention Center. FAA representatives will provide updates on industry equipage and observations about the first few weeks of flight operations under the ADS-B Out rule. They will also discuss the FAA’s long-range plans for ADS-B.

SOURCE: HAI

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Albuquerque Unveils New $5.5 Million Helicopter

The Albuquerque (NM) Police Department (APD) unveiled a new helicopter in late December. The $5.5 million aircraft offers a state-of-the-art camera to track suspects, a GPS system and the ability to link with APD’s real-time crime center to communicate with officers on the ground. “This is a little bit of a Christmas present from our taxpayers, from our residents, from city council, from the mayor’s office to the police department, and we are very excited it's finally here,” Mayor Tim Keller said. The department’s previous helicopter, Air One, was 18 years old. The mayor said the camera on the helicopter was out of date, and the aircraft couldn’t fly on hot summer days.

“With this new aircraft, we're going to be able to fly all day, every day,” said Nick Pearson, pilot. "Without the restrictions of the heat or the temperatures and the density altitudes, the only restrictions would obviously be weather.” Pearson said the new helicopter would be a “huge game changer” for him; APD is still deciding what to do with its old helicopter.

SOURCE: www.kob.com

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New Hampshire Department Adds Five UAS for Search Operations

The Manchester (NH) Police Department used an unmanned aircraft to track down a suicidal woman in mid-December; marking the first time the department used one of its five new UAS. The department announced the successful rescue and that it had recently formed a UAS unit the following day. “It was Officer [Joseph] Tucker who approached myself and the command staff here at the police department about forming a drone unit,” Chief Carlo Capano said. “Officer Tucker gave a presentation detailing the benefits of having such a unit. I was immediately sold on the idea, but this incident reaffirms my belief that this resource will be a valuable tool for the Manchester Police Department.”

Tucker, the first Manchester officer to become a certified drone pilot, led the search for the 20-year-old suicidal woman, who had run into the woods. It was dark, and police used cruiser lights to illuminate the area. Police said the area was too large to search by foot. Tucker, who is also a K-9 officer, said a dog could have been used in the search, but police did not know where the woman entered the woods and it would have resulted in a lengthier search.

SOURCE: www.manchesterinklink.com

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San Diego Receives New Firehawk

San Diego Fire-Rescue is adding a Sikorsky S70I to its aerial firefighting fleet. After being retrofitted by United Rotorcraft, the helicopter was delivered at Montgomery Field on Nov. 23, 2019. The Firehawk has been reconfigured with an aerial firefighting mission package, including extended landing gear, a 1,000-gallon firefighting tank, and a retractable snorkel system. San Diego has two other firefighting helicopters, a Bell 212 and Bell 412EP manufactured in 1980 and 2008, and the department has two registration numbers reserved for future use. The S70I was ferried from Sikorsky’s manufacturing plant in Coatesville, PA, to Decatur, TX, where it was painted in United Rotorcraft’s facility in June 2018.

STAR Flight, Travis Countyʼs air ambulance operator, is the only 24/7 helicopter EMS provider in Texas that performs highly specialized rescues including emergency medical transport, still and swift water rescue, search and rescue, high angle rescue, fire suppression/aerial reconnaissance, and law safety assistance. Travis Countyʼs new fleet of AW169s is equipped with a rescue hoist and 300-gallon Simplex belly tank for fire suppression.

The San Diego Police Department presently has four AS 350B3 helicopters manufactured in 2006. The department expects to replace them in the relatively near future at a cost of about $21 million. The San Diego City Council recently approved a five-year agreement with Airbus Helicopters to immediately buy one helicopter for $4.6 million and purchase three more for $5.5 million each before the deal ends in 2024. City officials said the council would be required to approve each of the additional helicopter purchases, which will be based on whether the city has adequate resources at the time. The plan to replace all four helicopters is based on recommendations from a consulting firm. The San Diego Police Department is expected to replace the four helicopters with Airbus H125s.

SOURCE: www.fireaviation.com

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Michigan State Police Release Video of Stolen Truck Pursuit

A Michigan State Police helicopter helped officers track down a suspect fleeing officers in a stolen truck in early December in Isabella County. Police released helicopter-captured video of the pursuit; it can be viewed at here.

At one point in the video, the suspect ditches his truck and attempts to flee on foot, but the man eventually surrenders.

SOURCE: www.clickondetroit.com

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FAA Expands LAANC UAS Program

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced two expansions of the Low Altitude Authorization and Capability (LAANC) program, which automates the application and approval process for unmanned aircraft operators obtaining airspace authorizations. Four airports—Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Dulles International Airport, William P. Hobby Airport in Houston and Newark Liberty International Airport—joined the list of approximately 400 air traffic facilities covering about 600 airports where LAANC is available. Access to the service is provided through one of FAA’s approved UAS Service Suppliers.

LAANC is intended to expedite the time it takes for UAS pilots to receive authorizations to fly under 400 feet in controlled airspace. The service is accessible to all pilots who operate under FAA’s Part 107 small drone rule. Since it began as a prototype in 2017, LAANC has been used to approve 170,000 UAS authorizations.

SOURCE: www.uasvision.com

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Lincolnshire Police Use UAS to Save Freezing Man

The U.K.’s Lincolnshire Police recently deployed one of its unmanned aircraft systems to find a man who crashed his car into a garden fence and was freezing to death in a field. The man was driving along West Bank, Crowland, when he was involved in the single vehicle crash. He stumbled in the direction of the town center before being located in the middle of the field, unconscious and suffering from hypothermia. Lincolnshire officers used the thermal imager on their UAS to find the man.

Lincolnshire police officials said the rescue is just the latest example of drones making a huge difference to local policing, despite the devices having a reputation for shutting down airports. “People are alive today because of the cameras,” said Special Sergeant Kevin Taylor, chief pilot for the Lincolnshire Police Drone Unit.

SOURCE: www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk

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Illinois Man Sentenced for Pointing Laser at Police Helicopter

An Illinois man received a 15-month prison sentence in mid-December for pointing a laser at an Illinois State Police helicopter. The 45-year-old pleaded guilty to pointing the laser beam at the helicopter in December 2018. He confessed to shining his laser at the helicopter for about two minutes while standing in the backyard of his Rockford residence. The man “continued to aim his laser pointer at the aircraft for a period of time even as the aircraft moved through the sky over his residence,” according to court documents. In his sentencing memorandum, Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Paccagnini said the two helicopter pilots had difficulty navigating because of the beam’s glare.

The suspect had been convicted in six separate incidents of retail theft between 2013 and 2016. Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft became a federal crime in 2012. The man faced a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

SOURCE: www.washingtonexaminer.com

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Miami-Dade Orders Four AW139s

Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue (MDFR) signed a contract for four Leonardo AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters in early December. The department expects to use the helicopters for fire suppression, emergency medical services, and search and rescue operations. The helicopters will be equipped with cargo hooks, rescue hoists and Bambi buckets and covered by a five-year support, maintenance and training package. The agreement could be extended to a total of 15 years. The first delivery is expected from Leonardo’s Philadelphia facility in the third quarter of 2020. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the purchase price, along with Leonardo-provided training and support services, factored into the decision to acquire the AW139s.

Miami-Dade is the most populous county in Florida, encompassing more than 2,000 square miles. One-third of the county is located in Everglades National Park. MDFR is frequently requested to provide mutual aid support to neighboring counties, including Monroe, Collier, Broward and Lee.

SOURCE: www.ainonline.com

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APSA Online Meetings: Upcoming Schedule

APSA 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.

This month, the safety officers meeting is Friday, January 10 from 1:00-2:00 pm EST (1700 UTC) and the maintenance meeting is Friday, January 17 from noon-1:00 pm EST (1600 UTC). Next month, the SAR operators meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 12 from 1:00-2:00 PM EST (1700 UTC) and the UAS meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 19 from 1:00-2:00 EST (1700 UTC).

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Hiker Sues Phoenix After Helicopter Rescue

A 74-year-old hiker who was caught on video spinning while being airlifted in June has filed a claim against the city of Phoenix, AZ, for $2 million. The woman was hiking up Piestewa Peak with her husband when she fell, hurting her face and head. A Phoenix police and fire department aircrew hoisted her off the mountain after she had trouble walking down. The rescue basket reportedly spun nearly 200 times. The notice of claim said the woman suffered “physical, emotional and psychological injuries and damages” as a result of the rescue attempt. The claim refers to the incident as a “failed helicopter rescue attempt.” The woman’s medical expenses have been nearly $300,000 to date.

The Phoenix Fire Department said it has performed similar hoist rescues 210 times over the last six years, and only a couple resulted in spins. “It’s something that occurs every now and then, and we’re trained to deal with it,” said Paul Apolinar, the Phoenix Police Department Air Unit’s lead pilot.

SOURCE: www.thebl.com

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Michigan State Aviation Offers Erosion Surveillance

The Michigan State Police Aviation Unit is working with local emergency managers in shoreline counties to monitor erosion, a condition that could lead to a state of emergency. “We have witnessed the extreme damage that’s already occurring, and it’s suspected that it’s only going to continue," State Senator Roger Victory said. In response to a media request for comment, the governor's office deferred to Michigan State Police. Officials said local resources must be exhausted before a declaration of an emergency is made. According to Dale George, a public information officer for Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division, that hasn't happened yet.

George said while state police have assisted some areas, including with aviation assets, none of the requests have been enough to trigger an emergency declaration. "They have requested some aviation support and that’s just used for mapping, but that’s something that Michigan State Police would supply at any time," he said. "We’ve mapped some shoreline in a few counties along the west coast and we’ve had our mapping units put maps together to assist those counties just to identify those areas where erosion is an issue.”

SOURCE: www.fox17online.com

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Maryland State Helicopter Hoists Injured Hiker From Ravine

A Maryland State Police helicopter hoisted an injured hiker to safety in late November. Police initially received the request for assistance from the Allegany County Emergency Services Center to rescue the hiker, who had suffered a leg injury. Maryland State Police Trooper 3, based in Frederick, was dispatched to the scene.

The helicopter crew configured Trooper 3 for an aerial hoist operation and arrived overhead. The pilots maneuvered the AW-139 into position approximately 200 feet above the steep ravine and trees. A Maryland State trooper/rescue technician was lowered to the scene to begin preparing the patient for hoist. After the patient was assessed and placed into a secure hoisting device, the patient and technician were lifted to the helicopter. Once the patient was secured inside the aircraft, Trooper 3 transitioned to its medevac role and transported the patient to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in Cumberland. The Maryland State Police Aviation Command has served Maryland citizens since 1970 and operates a fleet of 10 helicopters from seven bases throughout Maryland on a 24/7, 365-day per year basis.

SOURCE: www.baltimore.cbslocal.com

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Botswana Police Orders Three Enstrom Helicopters

The Botswana Police Air Support Branch in Africa has ordered three new Enstrom 480B turbine helicopters from Safomar Aviation to be delivered by mid-2020. The helicopters will join the department’s fleet of Airbus models. The new helicopters will be customized to Botswana Police Service specifications and include Trakka Systems day/night cameras and searchlights, navigation and communication equipment, cargo slinging and light emergency medical systems. Along with police duties, the aircraft can be quickly configured to transport three to five people.

Once in service, the Enstrom 480Bs are expected to be used for crime prevention, wildlife conservation, medical evacuation, command and control, search and rescue and training. Safomar said the Botswana Police Air Support Branch selected the Enstrom 480B after a thorough examination of various options, followed by a lengthy and detailed tender and acquisition process. The Enstrom 480B multi-role light turbine helicopter is in service in more than 30 countries, including with the Indonesian National Police, Japanese Ground Self-Defense, Royal Thai Army, Colombian Air Force, Chilean Army, U.S. police departments and Venezuela Air Force.

The newly established Botswana Police Service Air Support Branch acquired three AS350 B3s in 2009. One of the helicopters crashed in April 2014, killing all three officers onboard. Another crashed in July 2016, injuring six occupants. In January 2015, Botswana ordered another three AS 350 B3s from Airbus Helicopters. All four AS 350s (H125s) are regularly used for anti-poaching duties, among other operations.

SOURCE: www.defenceweb.co.za

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Georgia Sheriff Reports Success With UAS

The Forsyth County (GA) Sheriff's Office established an unmanned aircraft program about a year ago, and the department has since used the devices several times to track down suspects. Corporal Brian Mullins said the new technology has given his small department a way to get into the air to find suspects and missing persons without needing a helicopter. Mullins, who has been a licensed airplane pilot for 20 years, operates Forsyth County’s UAS.

“Flying the drone is not hard,” Mullins said. “Utilizing the cameras and technology takes a little learning curve.” Mullins said Forsyth County’s UAS has kept deputies out of risky situations. The department recently deployed its drone for a pursuit, for example. “It’s amazing technology,” Mullins said. “It’s vastly evolving, so there’s no way of telling where it will be five to 10 years from now.

SOURCE: www.wxii12.com

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Australian Unit Promotes Helicopter-Based Charity Effort

The New South Wales (NSW) Police Force Aviation Command (PolAir) in Australia recently challenged local emergency services and law enforcement agencies worldwide to “Get Stuffed!” for charity. The “Stuff Your Chopper” initiative began overseas, urging organizations to fill their aircraft with items for a nominated charity. This year, PolAir staff members filled their helicopter with donations for Foodbank NSW and ACT, organizations that provide assistance to those falling on hard times during the holidays.

NSW Police Commissioner Michael Fuller was joined by Police Minister David Elliott to launch the initiative and issue the challenge. Fuller said police frequently go beyond the call of duty to help community members. “We know there are those in our community who tend to do it tough around the Christmas period,” he said. “This for us is a way to give back and support a worthy cause.”

SOURCE: www.miragenews.com

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Indian Department Contracts for Air Support

The Kerala State Police in India has hired an outside helicopter to provide its ground officers aviation support. The agreement, with Pawan Hans, gives the department an AS365 Dauphin N3 twin-engine helicopter for 20 hours per month. The agreement covers rent, fuel and pilot fee. A pilot and TFO will be provided by the department to make the 11-seater aircraft ready for operation 24/7 out of Kerala’s International Airport. Officials said air support is imperative for the force to meet emerging security threats. The department hopes the aircraft will assist the state police SWAT team and save time during terrorist threats. Marine search and rescue operations are also a priority for the Kerala State Police. In the past two years, monsoon flooding has cut off large parts of the state.

SOURCE: www.thehindu.com

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Maryland Medevac Helicopter Limited by Staffing Shortage

An ongoing shortage of pilots and a temporary electrical issue have reportedly reduced the availability of the Maryland State Police medevac helicopter based at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport. State police first announced Trooper 5’s hours of service availability would be limited as the result of a pilot and paramedic shortage last August. Trooper 5 was also hampered late last year due to a maintenance issue, and Frederick-based Trooper 3 was required to answer some of its calls. “When EMS called for helicopter assistance in Green Ridge, a fully-staffed and equipped Maryland State Police helicopter with hoist capabilities responded and conducted the rescue,” Maryland State Police Spokesman Greg Shipley said.

Shipley said protocols are in place to allow response of other aircraft when state police helicopters cannot respond. As of Dec. 1, Trooper 5 had completed 64 medevac missions in 2019. The Allegany County Department of Emergency Services said there have been “several instances over the past few months” when the Trooper 5 helicopter was not available. “In these situations, ground units transported to the closest, most appropriate facility, or the next closest available…aircraft was dispatched,” Lieutenant Todd Bowman said. Shipley said the Maryland State Police’s recruitment efforts for pilots and aviation technicians are continuing.

SOURCE: www.ems1.com

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South Africa’s Cape Town Uses Helicopters to Patrol Beachgoers

The City of Cape Town in South Africa has bolstered its resources to ensure the safety of beachgoers, contracting for the use of helicopters to perform patrols. The city embarked on the pilot project last December. To launch the program, officials from the city visited various beaches in the aircraft. Beachgoers were seen in the water and on the sand with picnic baskets and umbrellas under the watchful eye of lifeguards and safety volunteers. Metro police and law enforcement officers were also on the roads leading to beaches, conducting stops and searches.

Cape Town Safety and Security Chief JP Smith said using the helicopter enabled the city to monitor areas in a shorter period of time than it could with a ground-based vehicle. “We contracted the helicopter for some hours over the festive season to be able to go out and respond to incidents on the ground,” he said. “We were able to respond to several incidents almost every day that we were out; we’ve actually found the helicopter to be extremely useful.” The city expects to continue using the aircraft at least through January.

SOURCE: ewn.co.za

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Texas Department Uses UAS to Catch Burglary Suspect

The Bellaire (TX) Police Department has taken to the skies via unmanned aircraft systems and recently captured a burglary suspect using the devices. Thanks to a gift from Bellaire Police and Fire Foundation, the department launched two Mavic drones and one Matrice M210 last year. Officer Aaron Lysack said the M210 goes about 50 miles an hour and has a range of about three miles up to 400 feet in altitude. “The thermal camera on it can see a human walking down the street or even a warm vehicle that was recently parked,” Lysack said. “The zoom goes up to 30 times optical and 180 times digital.”

Late last year, the Belleair Police Department was called in to help West University police find a runaway burglary suspect. The drone deployed a block away and found the suspect running through a backyard in the 4100 block of Darmouth, also capturing the moment he tried to get rid of a backpack. Police say it was found filled with stolen items, including a gun.

The Bellaire Fire Department is also using UAS technology to check dangerous fires and find hot spots with thermal cameras. The fire department has two licensed pilots and one Mavic drone.

SOURCE: www.abc13.com

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San Antonio Police Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing

A San Antonio (TX) Police Department helicopter had to make an emergency landing on Dec. 11, 2019, due to a bird strike. The chopper was on a call when the bird flew into its windshield.

The pilots radioed they would have to land right away, and they soon touched down safely behind San Antonio Christian Academy. The helicopter was trucked away from the scene for repairs a short time later.

SOURCE: www.ktsa.com

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APSA Welcomes New Members

APSA would like to welcome the following individual members who joined during December 2019:

Corporate Members:

Precision Fuel Components LLC
Pax Bags
 

Individual Members:

APSA IndividualJacob Arnold, Arizona DPS Aviation Bureau Headquarters
Anthony Barlin, Hawthorne (CA) Police Department
Ryan Brown, DoD Army Soldier Center
Scott Carter, Los Angeles City (CA) Fire Department Air Operations
Cameron Catasus, Hernando County (FL) Sheriff's Office
Aaron Chapman, Okaloosa County (FL) Sheriff's Office
Shannon Cooper, VSP Med-Flight 1
Steven Cooper, Spotsylvania (VA) Fire Rescue & Emergency Services
KYLE CUSTEAU, CAL FIRE
Gregory Danzig, Pinellas County (FL) Sheriff's Office Flight Unit
David Frenkel, UAS mn
Lavon Hughes, Polk County (FL) Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit
Alex Johnson, Customs and Border Protection, Air and Marine Operations
Rodney King, Williamson County (TN) Sheriff's Office
Matthew Lennox, Cape Town ASU
John Lloyd, BRAINS INC.
Tom Lowery, Eden Prairie (MN) Police Department
Sheila Mercier, Ft. Walton (FL) Beach Police Department
Lowell Neshem, Arizona DPS Aviation Bureau Headquarters
Ben Phelps, Lebanon (IN) Police Department
Steven Pillar, Alachua County (FL) Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit
Brian Plancarte, Broward County (FL) Sheriff's Office
Suhas Prabhakar, Oliver Wyman
Robert Rausch, Broward County (FL) Sheriff's Office
Steve Rhode, Wake Forest (NC) Fire Department
Edwin Romero, Riverside (CA) Police Department Aviation Unit
Jason Schein, Pinellas County (FL) Sheriff's Office Flight Unit
Mark Seevers, Columbus (OH) Police Department Aviation Section - Helicopter Unit
Tanner Skousen, Arizona DPS Aviation Bureau Headquarters
Philip Spires, Walton County (FL) Sheriff's Office
Jarred Tiberi, Massachusetts State Police
Melissa Tims, unaffiliated
Vernon Zelent, Zelent Enterprises

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