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APSA E-Newsletter : 2020 September

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

APSA’s Public Safety Drone Expo 2020 Shifts to Online Courses & Webinars

More UAS Training: APSA Offers Remote Pilot-in-Command and Pix4D Courses

APSA Announces 2020 General Membership Meeting

Free Education Fridays: Live Webinar Series Continues

Tune In For Tech Talk Tuesdays

Watch Video: Sonoma Sheriff’s Helicopter Crew Saves California Firefighters

Alameda County Air Support Begins Operating Jet Ranger X

First of CBP Advanced Law Enforcement H125 Helicopters Delivered

Continue Networking in APSA’s Meeting Groups

Connecticut Department Unveils New Aircraft for SAR Ops

Victoria Police Acquires New King Air 350ER

Man Arrested for Pointing Laser at San Bernardino Helicopter

Pima County Acquiring Two New Aircraft

Santa Maria Police Makes First-Ever UAS Arrest

Korea National Police Orders Two New Helicopters

Florida County Acquires UAS for SAR Operations

Bell Opens New Support Facility in Wichita

Pilot Dead in Oregon Crash Flew for Sheriff’s Office

Pilot Says She Was Forced Out of New Mexico State Police

Abu Dhabi Police Aviation Reports Significant Year-to-Date Operations

New York State Aviation Helps Recover Missing Swimmer’s Body

NPAS Filling Seven Police Pilot Vacancies

VSP Helicopter Mechanic Avoids Jail for False Records

Baltimore County Man Charged With Pointing Laser at Police Helicopter

Wisconsin Police Department Implements Drone Technology

APSA Welcomes New Members

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APSA’s Public Safety Drone Expo 2020 Shifts to Online Courses & Webinars

2020 09 Image1a Public Safety Drone SymposiumWith the hopes of conducting our 4th Annual Public Safety Drone Expo (PSDE) as an in-person event dashed by COVID-19, we have developed a plan to provide as much of the training scheduled to take place during this event as possible online. This plan consists of three major components.

First, we have partnered with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) to conduct the APSA Public Safety Drone Symposium on their platform as a co-located event during their virtual XPONENTIAL 2020 on October 5. This symposium will consist of four 90-minute classes from PSDE. Participants will also be able to visit AUVSI’s virtual exhibit hall. Registration for this event is being handled by AUVSI and can be accessed here.

Second, we have created our PSDE Online Course Series consisting of four of our most popular sUAS courses. These two-day courses are scheduled to run weekly, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from mid-October through the first week of November. And with lower overhead for virtual meetings, we are able to offer these courses at a reduced rate. As a special incentive, register for three of the courses and get the fourth free! And as in the past, course registration also includes a one (1) year complimentary APSA membership for nonmembers. Course and registration information can be found here.  

And last but certainly not least, our PSDE Webinar Training Series delivers first-rate sUAS-specific classes directly to you. This series of 90-minute webinars is scheduled to run weekly every Monday from mid-September through mid-November and is offered complimentary as a benefit of APSA membership. To see the list of classes and to register for one or all of them, click here

Not a member but would like to join and gain access to these webinars? Sign up here! 

If you are interested in sponsoring any of these training events and market your company to APSA members, please contact Benay Osborne for details. 

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More UAS Training: APSA Offers Remote Pilot-in-Command and Pix4D Courses

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APSA’s Remote Pilot-in-Command (RPIC) Course, designed to provide students with a review of the Federal Aviation Regulations Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification Process and prepare students to pass the FAA Pilot’s Exam, is available both online via live webinars and in person. If online works best for you, we will be conducting two courses for four hours a day over two consecutive weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the following dates: September 15, 17, 22, 24 and November 3, 5, 10, 12. There is also in-person RPIC course scheduled to take place in Huntsville, AL on October 26-27, 2020.

Take your UAS operations to the next level with Pix4D, the leading photogrammetry software for drone mapping, transforming images into 2D and 3D digital evidence. APSA and Forensic Mapping Solutions have partnered to conduct a Pix4D 3-day Training Course, Sep 29 – Oct 1, in Spokane, WA. This course, which includes both classroom and practical flying sessions, will provide each attendee a working understanding of the concepts of photogrammetry, image capture, georeferencing, verifying accuracy, data processing, outputs/workflow, and the Quality Report and processing options.

Registration and more information is available on the APSA website.

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APSA Announces 2020 General Membership Meeting

2020 09 Image3 APSA Announces 2020 General Membership MeetingAPSA’s 2020 Annual General Membership Meeting will be held virtually on Monday, Nov. 2 at 4:00 pm EST. Please join us. During the meeting, APSA board and staff members will provide an update on operations and a financial status report; recognize the 2020 APSA Scholarship recipients, the 2020 Air Beat Photo Contest winner, the 2020 Ace Recruiter of the Year, and longtime APSA members (25 years and up); and recap this year's Board of Directors elections. Participating members will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide suggestions. For establishment of a quorum, registration is required. Click here for details. 

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Free Education Fridays: Live Webinar Series Continues

2020 09 Image4 Live WebinarsAPSA’s live Webinar Training Series, created to bring many of the classes scheduled for APSCON 2020 directly to you, is continuing to run every Friday through November 20. These 90-minute webinars are offered at no charge as a benefit of membership; however, registration is required. If you know of someone who is not an APSA member and would like to access any of these webinars, they can easily join APSA here. 

The upcoming scheduled webinars today through mid-October are:

  • Sept. 11—Risk Management in the Fire and Rescue Environment: Doug Russell, Washoe County (NV) Sheriff’s Office (retired)
  • Sept. 18—Public Aircraft Operations: Brian Martin, Maryland State Police
  • Sept. 25—Airborne Use of Force-Lessons Learned: Mike Peck, Paladin Resources Group, Inc.
  • Oct. 2—Operational Risk Management: Glenn Daley, New York Police Department Aviation Unit (ret.)
  • Oct. 9—Your Role in Successful SMS: Chris Young, CY Consulting, Inc.
  • Oct. 16—Aerial Support of K-9 Units: Clay Lacey, Texas Department of Public Safety

These webinars all begin at 1:00 pm EDT and each requires a separate registration. To see the full schedule and register for any or all of the webinars, please visit our website

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Tune In For Tech Talk Tuesdays

2020 09 Image5 tech talkAPSA is providing our Corporate Members with the opportunity to promote their products and services directly to our membership through our Tech Talk Tuesday Series. Currently scheduled to run through October 27 and beginning at 1:00 pm EDT, these 60-minute presentations are being offered at no charge as a benefit of membership; however, registration is required. For a current listing of Tech Talk Tuesday subjects and presenters and/or to register, visit our website. 

If you are not a member, but would like to join our association and access these presentations, visit our Membership page. 

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Watch Video: Sonoma Sheriff’s Helicopter Crew Saves California Firefighters

2020 09 Image6 Sonoma Sheriffs Helicopter Crew SavesThe Sonoma County (CA) Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit rescued two firefighters battling the Woodward Fire in a nighttime helicopter operation on Aug. 21. Two firefighters with the Marin County Fire Department had become trapped on a ridgeline with flames advancing. “Henry 1 is the only helicopter in the region capable of conducting a vertical reference long line rescue at night. When our fire counterparts call for help, Henry 1 comes flying,” the sheriff’s office update read. “Once on scene, Henry 1 located the two firefighters, who were trapped approximately 75 yards from the advancing fire. To complicate the situation further, the fire was creating strong, gusting winds that intensified as Henry 1 flew closer to the head of the fire.”

“Henry 1 landed approximately a mile from the firefighter’s location and the Tactical Flight Officer (TFO) configured the helicopter for long line rescue with a 100-foot long line. The TFO subsequently attached himself to the long line and was flown to the location of the firefighters.”

“Upon arriving at the firefighter’s location, the TFO placed a Bauman Bag rescue device on one of the firefighters and a horse collar rescue device on the other. Having a variety of different pieces of equipment on board at all times enables Henry 1 to quickly adapt to dynamic and dangerous situations. In this instance, Henry 1 was able to lift three people, the TFO and both firefighters, simultaneously to safety. This enabled the rescue to occur in one attempt, as time was clearly of the essence, and limit the amount of time any of them were in the dangerous situation,” the sheriff’s office said. See video of the rescue here.

Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick said the situation was an example of the danger of wildfires and quickly changing conditions. “Had it not been for that helicopter there, those firefighters would certainly have perished,” he said.

SOURCE: www.officer.com and Sonoma Sheriff’s Office

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Alameda County Air Support Begins Operating Jet Ranger X

2020 09 Image7 Alameda County Air Support Begins Operating Jet Ranger XThe Alameda County (CA) Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit has officially put the first public safety-configured Bell 505 Jet Ranger X into service. “Bell is proud to deliver [the] Alameda County Sheriff’s Office…one of the most technologically equipped short light single aircraft on the market today,” said Doug Schoen, Bell’s North American Managing Director. “With more than 250 Bell 505s in service and 45,000 fleet flight hours, the aircraft continues to showcase mission capability, exceptional performance and unmatched direct operating cost.”

The Bell 505’s public safety configuration includes a 17-inch Macro-Blue MB17W display, AEM 300-watt loudhailer system, Trakkabeam TLX searchlight mounted on an AA AFT hardpoint, Wescam MX-10 camera mounted on an Aeronautical Accessories’ FWD hardpoint, PS Engineering PAC45 digital audio system with pilot and copilot individual audio controllers, Churchill ARS700 map system interfaced to the MX-10 and TLX searchlight, two dual USB charging ports, AeroDynamix NVG cockpit lighting, high skid gear, Technisonic TDFM-9100 radio and cargo hook equipment.

SOURCE: www.aviationpros.com 

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First of CBP Advanced Law Enforcement H125 Helicopters Delivered

2020 09 Image8 First of CBP Advanced Law Enforcement H125 Helicopters DeliveredAirbus Helicopters has delivered the first of 16 new H125 helicopters uniquely configured for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO). AMO collaborated with Airbus as part of a long-term fleet upgrade initiative, and the resulting configuration has led to one of the most advanced, high-tech law enforcement helicopters ever developed.

“Our mission is to safeguard the nation by anticipating and confronting security threats,” said Steve Boyer, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner for AMO. “Airbus Helicopters’ continued commitment to designing, manufacturing, and delivering quality products will enable AMO personnel to successfully and safely carry out this mission.” The first helicopter for the new configuration was tested and delivered from Airbus Helicopters, Inc.’s facility in Grand Prairie, TX.

Following a rigorous analysis of its mission needs and next generation aerospace technology, AMO developed a set of requirements for the new helicopters, which Airbus put in place through nearly 30 Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs). The series of STCs are tied together through a primary all-encompassing STC that ensures all of the systems interact properly with one another and with the basic aircraft.

Source: Airbus Helicopters, Inc. 

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Continue Networking in APSA’s Meeting Groups

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APSA conducts regularly scheduled online meetings for safety officers, maintenance technicians, SAR personnel, and UAS operators via a conference call you can join using your computer, mobile 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.

The schedule for upcoming APSA online meetings is as follows:
SAR: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 from 1:00–2:00 PM EDT (1700 UTC)
UAS: Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT (1700 UTC)
Safety Officers: Friday, October 16, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT (1600 UTC)

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Connecticut Department Unveils New Aircraft for SAR Ops

2020 09 Image10 Connecticut Department Unveils New Aircraft for SAR OpsThe New Milford (CT) Police Department, which launched its Aviation Unit only about one year ago, has purchased a new helicopter, Eagle 2. New Milford is the largest community in the area in the state of Connecticut, and officials said the Aviation Unit has proven indispensable. The city includes waterways like the Housatonic River and Candlewood Lake, making over-water operations, including search and rescue, a priority. The department initially launched its Aviation Unit in collaboration with the Stratford Police Department. The department gave residents a chance to see its new helicopter on Aug. 25.

SOURCE: www.kicks1055.com 

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Victoria Police Acquires New King Air 350ER

2020 09 Image11 Victoria Police Acquires New King Air 350ERAustralia’s Victoria Police has received a Beechcraft King Air 350ER from Textron Aviation. Aviation service company Skytraders will operate and maintain the aircraft on behalf of the police department. The 350ER is an extended range version of the King Air 350i twin-engine turboprop. The aircraft will primarily support the Victoria Police Air Wing and its TFOs, who lead airborne law enforcement, training, search and rescue, and extended offshore marine safety missions throughout the State of Victoria.

The custom-configured equipment package for the Victoria Police’s King Air includes an advanced mission management system, ground moving target indicator object detection capabilities, TFO workstations, tactical radios, satellite communications and data downlinking. The extended range King Air is also fitted with optional, factory-installed Pratt and Whitney PT6A-67A engines. “The King Air 350ER will undertake a wide variety of roles and enhance [our] aviation capabilities,” said Ashley Bellamy, aviation program director. “With extended endurance and range, it will complement our helicopters by providing a valuable, uninterrupted observation platform that will support police across the state.”

SOURCE: www.skiesmag.com 

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Man Arrested for Pointing Laser at San Bernardino Helicopter

2020 09 Image12 Man Arrested for Pointing Laser at San Bernardino HelicopterThe San Bernardino County (CA) Sheriff's Department arrested a man for allegedly pointing a laser at a department helicopter on Aug. 4. The helicopter was conducting an area check for a stolen vehicle when it was struck several times with the high-powered green laser beam. One of the laser strikes directly affected the helicopter pilot.

The San Bernardino TFO aboard the aircraft quickly located the laser’s origin using FLIR and directed ground troops to the scene. Officers identified a 29-year-old San Bernardino resident as the perpetrator. The man admitted to pointing the laser at what he knew was a police helicopter on two consecutive nights. On the previous night, he had pointed the laser at the helicopter while the crew conducted a hoist operation. Officers arrested the man and booked him into the Central Detention Center, where he was held on $25,000 bail.

SOURCE: www.fontanaheraldnews.com 

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Pima County Acquiring Two New Aircraft

2020 09 Image13 Pima County Acquiring Two New AircraftThe Pima County (AZ) Sheriff’s Department plans to spend more than $7 million to buy two new airplanes and surveillance equipment. The department expects to fly the planes, both Cessna Caravans, almost every night. The airplanes will join a twin-engine plane used by Pima County for prisoner extraditions and a helicopter primarily used for search and rescue operations. The aircraft will replace two single-engine Cessnas, which cost less to operate than the helicopter but are growing old and difficult to maintain.

County supervisors voted to buy the new airplanes, equipped with more modern night vision gear, for about $7.5 million. The department said the Caravan is a proven design that has enough in common with its other Cessnas to simplify training and maintenance. The older planes will be transferred to Ajo, where they will provide limited aviation capabilities in far western Pima County.

SOURCE: www.kgun9.com 

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Santa Maria Police Makes First-Ever UAS Arrest

2020 09 Image14 Santa Maria Police Makes First Ever UAS ArrestThe Santa Maria (CA) Police Department used an unmanned aircraft for the first time in department history to find a suspect in early August. Use of the drone resulted in a stabbing suspect’s arrest, according to Lieutenant Terry Flaa, who oversees the department’s drone program, which was developed over a period of about three years.

The Santa Maria Police Department purchased four drones using $20,000 raised in its annual golf tournament in 2017. The department launched the aerial vehicle for the first time on Aug. 7 to assist in searching for a 35-year-old who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend and fled into a riverbed. Police weren't successful in locating the man at night but deployed the UAS again the next day. Officers conducted a methodical search and within 15 minutes spotted the suspect hiding under a bridge. He was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, false imprisonment, physical injury to a spouse or co-inhabitant and parole violations.

SOURCE: www.santamariatimes.com 

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Korea National Police Orders Two New Helicopters

2020 09 Image15 Korea National Police Orders Two New HelicoptersThe South Korean government has signed a $39.7 million contract with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for two KUH-1P Chamsuri helicopters to be operated by the Korea National Police Agency. The two rotorcraft are para-public variants of the Surion military helicopter and will be delivered by February 2023, according to KAI. The Korea National Police Agency will then have 10 KUH-1P Chamsuri’s in service. The two new helicopters will be equipped with EO/IR imaging systems, searchlights and medical equipment. In addition to the 10 police helicopters, South Korea operates three other Surion-type rotorcraft.

SOURCE: www.flightglobal.com 

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Florida County Acquires UAS for SAR Operations

2020 09 Image16 Florida County Acquires UAS for SAR OperationsThe Gulf County (FL) Sheriff’s Office recently acquired a heavy-duty drone using surplus funds from the Florida Sheriff’s Association. Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison said the UAS is equipped with a high-intensity camera and IR sensor. The camera is expected to make the aircraft ideal for search and rescue operations, as well as fugitive pursuits. “The infrared will be huge when someone is lying down and maybe concealing themselves—we can maybe pick up on that heat temperature that the naked eye couldn’t see,” Harrison said. FAA-certified deputies can fly the $36,000 drone up to 400 feet in altitude.

“Water rescues—when we have missing persons that may be on the river or in the salt waters—we can use that,” Harrison said. “If we’re chasing a suspect, we can zoom in on them to see whether they have weapons or not…keep our guys safe out there.” The department recently used the aircraft to assist the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in searching for a missing man.

SOURCE: www.mypanhandle.com 

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Bell Opens New Support Facility in Wichita

2020 09 Image17 Bell Opens New Support Facility in WichitaBell Textron had the official opening of its new Bell facility in Wichita, KS, where the company will support multiple Bell programs and business areas. Bell held an opening ceremony on Aug. 6 at the facility with employees and executive leadership to commemorate the occasion. The company also celebrated the great Textron partnerships throughout Kansas. “The new Bell facility in Wichita is a great addition to the Air Capital of the World and will continue Kansas’ leadership in aerospace manufacturing,” said U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.). “I look forward to seeing Bell contribute to our strong aviation industry as a defense and commercial leader.”

Earlier this year, Bell was selected as a finalist to pursue two critical U.S. Army modernization programs. As a result, the company invested in this new office to support Bell’s future growth plans. Bell has long term plans to grow the workforce and capabilities at the facility to help support major Bell programs during critical stages of development.

Source: Bell

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Pilot Dead in Oregon Crash Flew for Sheriff’s Office

2020 09 Image18 Pilot Dead in Oregon Crash Flew for Sheriffs OfficeA helicopter pilot who died on Aug. 24 while fighting a wildfire in Oregon's Mount Hood National Forest had flown for the Gallatin County (MT) Sheriff's Office and worked for a private company based in Bozeman under contract for aerial firefighting with the U.S. Forest Service, authorities said. The pilot, Tom Duffy, performed search and rescue flights for the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, the department said in a Facebook post.

“Tom is the third generation of the Duffy family to fly rescue missions for SAR,” the post said. “He has flown SAR rescue missions for 20 years, and his most recent mission was on Aug. 15, when he flew 3 times for the GCSAR helicopter team…Tom was a world-class rescue pilot who instilled confidence in SAR volunteers on every mission. He was a big man with a big heart who brought calm and skill to every mission.”

The White River Fire was 15 percent contained by the beginning of September and about 1,200 acres in size. It had been fueled by gusty winds and was burning in steep, densely forested terrain about 90 miles east of Portland. It was one of 10 major wildfires burning in the Pacific Northwest at the time. Duffy had been doing bucket drops on the wildfire for several days before the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the incident.

SOURCE: www.greatfallstribune.com 

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Pilot Says She Was Forced Out of New Mexico State Police

2020 09 Image19 Pilot Says She Was Forced Out of New Mexico State PoliceLeAnne Gomez, who became the first female pilot with the New Mexico State Police Air Unit in 2015, said in a lawsuit filed in mid-August she was “harassed, demeaned, belittled and discriminated against” on the job until she quit in March 2019. Gomez’s lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount. She also is asking the court to order the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to change policies and improve training and monitor the agency’s compliance with the changes for three years.

A spokesperson for the New Mexico Department of Public Safety declined to comment on the case. “I can confirm Gomez was the first female New Mexico State Police pilot,” the spokesperson said in an email to a reporter. “There are not currently any other female pilots assigned to the unit. State police generally does not comment on pending litigation, and we won’t be commenting on this litigation at this time.”

Gomez said while she was celebrated publicly as the New Mexico State Police Air Unit’s first female pilot, she was marginalized by her fellow officers and forced to fight for the bare minimum of training offered to her male coworkers. In a 46-page complaint, she also said she was passed over for missions and subjected to sexist comments.

SOURCE: www.santafenewmexican.com 

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Abu Dhabi Police Aviation Reports Significant Year-to-Date Operations

2020 09 Image20 Abu Dhabi Police Aviation Reports Significant Year to Date OperationsThe Abu Dhabi Police (ADP) Aviation Department carried out 520 aerial sorties in the emirate in the first half of 2020, according to a recent department report. The missions included training and aerial ambulance services in addition to police operations. Brigadier Pilot Ibrahim Hassan Al Baloushi, department director, highlighted ADP’s willingness to respond to humanitarian calls and arrive on time in response to reports, save lives and provide humanitarian support in hard-to-reach areas. The department also organized 25 training courses, including 13 flight simulations benefitting 26 pilots, as well as seven courses on transformational leadership, during the first half of 2020.

SOURCE: www.wam.ae   

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New York State Aviation Helps Recover Missing Swimmer’s Body

2020 09 Image21 New York State Aviation Helps Recover Missing Swimmers BodyA New York State Police Aviation crew spotted the body of a missing swimmer in the Hudson River following an extensive search in mid-August. The aircrew then directed rescue teams to the 36-year-old man, who had been swimming with family and friends before he went missing. He was pronounced dead at the scene after being pulled from the water by members of the Fort Edward Fire Department. The two-day search was led by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Personnel from the Fort Edward Fire Department, Corinth Fire Department, South Glens Falls Fire Department, New York State Police and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation all participated in the effort.

SOURCE: www.poststar.com

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NPAS Filling Seven Police Pilot Vacancies

2020 09 Image22 NPAS Filling Seven Police Pilot VacanciesThe U.K.’s National Police Air Service (NPAS) has vacancies for seven police helicopter pilots, a job that pays almost $80,000 a year. The service accepted applications through Aug. 16 and is in the process of going through them. The job description, posted by West Yorkshire Police, reads: “Flying to more than 20,000 tasks every year, crews provide effective aerial support to ground-based officers and in doing so improve operational response to incidents within the highest safety standards...Pilots also fly to pre-planned tasks. This can include support for large public events such as the London Marathon, Heads of State visits and large demonstrations. On occasion, pilots are called upon to land so the crew can assist people in distress.” NPAS requires applicants to have a commercial pilot's helicopter license and radio license, pass a Class 1 medical examination and have a minimum of 1,500 helicopter flight hours.

SOURCE: www.leeds-live.co.uk

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VSP Helicopter Mechanic Avoids Jail for False Records

2020 09 Image23 VSP Helicopter Mechanic Avoids Jail for False RecordsA former Virginia State Police helicopter maintenance technician was ordered to pay a $100 assessment in late July but given no additional punishment for falsifying a maintenance log last year. The 55-year-old mechanic pleaded guilty to the felony charge of “making a false writing or document” last December. He admitted falsely attesting in a maintenance logbook in April 2019 that he had properly tested the tension of a belt on a helicopter air conditioning system. No mishap resulted, but failing to perform the test could have resulted in a crash, authorities said.

The maintenance technician faced up to five years in prison, but sentencing guidelines called for a term ranging from no jail time to up to six months. Both the government and defense asked the U.S. District Judge on the case not to impose a jail sentence.

SOURCE: www.richmond.com  

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Baltimore County Man Charged With Pointing Laser at Police Helicopter

2020 09 Image24 Baltimore County Man Charged With Pointing Laser at Police HelicopterA 31-year-old Baltimore County (MD) man has been charged with pointing a laser at a police helicopter in late July. A Baltimore County Police Department spokesperson said the incident happened on July 26, when the suspect stood in front of his home and allegedly pointed a laser through the cockpit of the police helicopter. At the time, the county aviation unit was assisting ground officers with an unrelated investigation. Officers flying the helicopter located the suspect and directed ground troops to him. He was quickly arrested and was held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no-bail status.

SOURCE: baltimore.cbslocal.com  

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Wisconsin Police Department Implements Drone Technology

2020 09 Image25 Wisconsin Police Department Implements Drone TechnologyThe Linn (WI) Police Department recently made the move to purchase drone technology to ensure public safety; the agency has three DJI models in its arsenal to help out in various ways. The UAS has reduced the manpower needed to respond in situations by as much as 50%, according to the department. The drones assist during SAR operations and provide aerial images of buildings and infrastructure for maintenance and repairs to be completed. During the COVID pandemic, the department has also been using the drones to patrol without extra manpower on the ground, which allows social distancing to be better followed and reduces the risk of police officers getting the virus.

“The use of drone technology enables us to not only protect our community better and more efficiently, but we’re also able to help neighboring jurisdictions. We all face similar manpower and equipment challenges, so unmanned aerial capabilities make a huge difference for solving cases. Combined with the ability to patrol while maintaining social distancing, we’re more confident than ever in our ability to protect our residents,” said Chief James Bushey, Linn Police Department.

Source: DroneDJ 

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APSA Welcomes New Members

APSA would like to welcome the following corporate and individual members who joined during August 2020:

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Brian Asuelo, San Jose (CA) Police Department Air Support Unit
Jon Baker, San Jose (CA) Police Department
Steve Barreau, Priority 1 Air Rescue
Tom Benedict, Austin (TX) Police Department Air Support Unit
Paulo Brito, San Jose (CA) Police Department
Ian Burt, Marion County (FL) Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit
Keith Church, Independent Member
David Cortez, San Jose (CA)Police Department
Sean Delgado, San Jose (CA) Police Department
Tony Diep, San Jose (CA) Police Department
Clint Dixon, Austin (TX) Police Department Air Support Unit
Opferbeck Douglas, Phoenix (AZ) Police Department
Shannon Farquhar, Houston (TX) Police Department- Air Support Div.
Barbara Fuji, San Jose (CA) Police Department
Carlos Garibay, San Jose (CA) Police Department
Anthony Guiliani, Huntington Beach (CA) Police Department
Wiley Gustafson, USDA
Alex Gutierrez, San Jose (CA) Police Department
Trevor Hendrickson, San Jose (CA) Police Department
Sean Hugger, San Jose (CA) Police Department
Adam Johnson, Austin-Travis County (TX) EMS
Steve Knight, San Jose (CA) Police Department
Stephen Lagorio, San Jose (CA) Police Department
Patrick Looney, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
Alex Macleod, San Jose (CA) Police Department
Eliseo Malvido, San Jose (CA) Police Department
Kevin McClure, San Jose (CA)Police Department
Hunter McMurray, Marion County (FL) Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit
Marco Mercado, San Jose (CA) Police Department
Jake Morris, San Jose (CA) Police Department
Trevis Newport, San Bernardino County (CA) Sheriff's Department Aviation Unit
Mike O'Brien, San Jose (CA) Police Department
Nick Oilar, USDA
Wakana Okuma, San Jose (CA) Police Department
Frank Orabuena, San Jose (CA) Police Department

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This newsletter is published monthly by the Airborne Public Safety Association (APSA), a public benefit, California corporation. APSA is comprised of air crew and air support personnel in public safety and others who support, promote, and advance the safe and effective use of manned and unmanned aircraft by governmental agencies in support of public safety operations.

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