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APSA E-Newsletter : 2021 January

January 2021 Airborne Public Safety Association, Inc.
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In This Issue:

Be A Part of APSA’s Leadership Team; Nominations Due by Feb. 15

APSA’s Remote Pilot-in-Command Courses Available In-Person and Online

APSA Safety Seminars Return in 2021

Expert Training with APSA’s UAS Tactical Operators Course

New FAA Rules Require Remote ID and Allow Night Flights

Response to Aircraft Accidents: APSA Webinar on Jan. 22

Teledyne Acquires FLIR Systems for $8 Billion

APSA Extends Tech Talk Tuesday Series

APSA Rescue Summit at HELI-EXPO – March 22, 2021

South African Natural Resources Helicopter Crashes After Takeoff

West Virginia State Helicopter Pilot Finds Missing Man

New Peer Meeting Group Added for 2021

Highlight Your Aviation Unit in Air Beat

S.A.F.E. Provides Maintenance Stands to New Mexico State Police

Edmonton Police Receives Completed Airbus H125

Florida Man Accused of Shining Laser at Sheriff’s Helicopter

Costa Rica Adds New Police Plane With U.S. Support

Malaysian Police Department Deploys Drone for COVID Compliance

NPAS Helicopter Spots Cannabis Factory

Firefighter Who Exposed Himself to SAPD Helicopter Suspended

Maryland State Helicopter Hoists Kayaker From Marsh

DOJ Launches Grant Management Website

DJI Counts More Than 500 People Rescued by UAS

Popular Blog Honors First Black U.S. Park Police Helicopter Pilot

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.


Be A Part of APSA’s Leadership Team; Nominations Due by Feb. 15

2021 01 Image1 notice of electionParticipate in your association to the fullest extent possible by serving on the APSA Board of Directors. The nomination period for board positions up for election for the July 2021-July 2023 term is open through February 15, 2021. The following offices are open for nomination: President, Treasurer, Canadian Region Director, Central Region Director and Southeast Region Director.

Candidates for Region Director positions must reside in the region he or she is elected to represent. Nominations may be submitted online, by regular mail or email and addressed to the APSA Secretary. Please ensure nominations indicate the name of nominee, position for which the person is being nominated, and the person making the nomination. Both nominee and nominator must be current members and in good standing. Additionally, the person being nominated must be a member of APSA for at least one year.

Nominations must be received or postmarked no later than February 15, 2021. Submit your nominations here, or send them to Murray Maschmeyer, Secretary, Airborne Public Safety Association, 50 Carroll Creek Way, Suite 260, Frederick, MD 21701 or via email to mmaschmeyer@publicsafetyaviation.org. Additional information can be found here

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APSA’s Remote Pilot-in-Command Courses Available In-Person and Online

APSA is pleased to offer our Remote Pilot-in-Command (RPIC) Course both online via live webinars and in person. If online works best for you, we will be conducting this course for four hours a day over two consecutive weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 9, 11, 16 and 18. Register here by Jan. 26 to reserve your spot. 

2021 01 Image2 RPICAn in-person RPIC course is scheduled in Richmond Heights, MO, March 16-17, 2021. Register here by February 23 as a minimum of 30 paid registrants by this date is required to conduct this course.

APSA’s RPIC course is 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. Successful completion requires attendance of all online sessions. In addition, three briefings specific to law enforcement use of UAS are conducted. The course is intended for public safety personnel, both sworn and non-sworn, interested in obtaining their FAA Remote Pilot Certificate. Registration and more information are available on the APSA website.

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APSA Safety Seminars Return in 2021

2020 12 Image3 APSA Announces Safety Seminar Locations DatesHosted by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, APSA’s first safety seminar in 2021 is scheduled for February 23-25 in St. Augustine, FL. This event will take place at the World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort, and a group rate $133 per night with discount code APSA is available until February 8.

Our second 2021 safety seminar is scheduled for May 11-13 in Hunt Valley, MD, at the Delta Baltimore Hunt Valley. A group rate of $129 per night is available until April 27, 2021, and can be accessed via our website.

APSA safety seminars cover a wide range of topics through classes, roundtable discussions and a mini-tradeshow. Registration for both of these events in included in your APSA annual Individual Membership dues as a member benefit; a nominal fee for non-members applies.

Survival Systems USA, Inc. will conduct Water Egress & Survival Training in conjunction with both of these events pending sufficient registration. Classroom instruction will be followed by practical application in the hotel pool. Registration for this training is handled directly by SSUSA. Full information is on our website.

Make your plans now to join us for some face-to-face training and networking, and to see the latest products and technology for public safety aviation, all while enjoying sunny Florida and historic Maryland.

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Expert Training with APSA’s UAS Tactical Operators Course

2021 01 Image4A Expert Training with APSAs UAS Tactical Operators CourseInstructed by Tactical Drone Concepts, the Tactical sUAS Operators Course is three days of intensive training designed to increase piloting skills and provide students with the ability to operate in non-traditional sUAS environments. Students will be exposed to the equipment, tools, and techniques necessary to expand their sUAS program for the tactical environment. Each day will consist of four hours of classroom instruction and four hours of flight instruction, applying sUAS capabilities to real world scenarios.

Hosted by the Spokane County (WA) Sheriff’s Office, the course will take place May 11-13 at the Spokane County Sheriff’s Training Center from 0800-1700 daily. The cost is $795.

Students will:

  • Understand and apply techniques for interior operations
  • Develop teaming concepts for use with other units or capabilities
  • Utilize the sUAS as point and overwatch during tactical scenarios
  • Understand Weight & Balance and Center of Gravity considerations for sUAS
  • Identify issues associated with working in controlled airspace
  • Operate as direct support for tactical team or SWAT operations

Don’t miss this fantastic learning opportunity, register here

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New FAA Rules Require Remote ID and Allow Night Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced final rules for unmanned aircraft, commonly known as drones. The new rules will require Remote Identification (Remote ID) of drones and allow operators of small drones to fly over people and at night under certain conditions. These rules come at a time when drones represent the fastest-growing segment in the entire transportation sector – with currently over 1.7 million drone registrations and 203,000 FAA-certificated remote pilots.

2021 01 Image4 FAA RULESRemote ID will help mitigate risks associated with expanded drone operations, such as flights over people and at night, and both rules support technological and operational innovation and advancements. Remote ID is a major step toward the full integration of drones into the National Airspace System (NAS); it provides identification of drones in flight as well as the location of their control stations, providing crucial information to our national security agencies, law enforcement and other officials charged with ensuring public safety. Airspace awareness reduces the risk of drone interference with other aircraft and people and property on the ground.

Equipping drones with Remote ID technology builds on previous steps taken by the FAA and the drone industry to integrate operations safely into the NAS. Part 107 of the federal aviation regulations currently prohibits open-air drone operations over people and at night unless the operator obtains a waiver from the FAA. The new FAA regulations jointly provide increased flexibility to conduct certain small UAS without obtaining waiver. “The new rules make way for the further integration of drones into our airspace by addressing safety and security concerns,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “They get us closer to the day when we will more routinely see drone operations such as the delivery of packages.” The Remote ID rule applies to all operators of drones that require FAA registration.

The Operations Over People and at Night rule applies to Part 107 operators. The ability to fly over people and moving vehicles varies depending on the level of risk a small drone operation presents to people on the ground. Operations are permitted based on four categories, which can be found here. Additionally, this rule allows for operations at night under certain conditions.

The final rule requires that small drone operators have their remote pilot certificate and identification in their physical possession when operating, ready to present to authorities if needed. This rule also expands the class of authorities who may request these forms from a remote pilot. The final rule replaces the requirement to complete a recurrent test every 24 calendar months with the requirement to complete updated recurrent training that includes operating at night in identified subject areas.

Both rules will become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. The Remote ID rule includes two compliance dates. Drone manufacturers will have 18 months to begin producing drones with Remote ID, with operators having an additional year to start using drones with Remote ID.

Source: FAA

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Response to Aircraft Accidents: APSA Webinar on Jan. 22

2021 01 Image5 live webinarsAPSA’s live Webinar Training Series was created last year to bring many of the classes scheduled for APSCON 2020 and Public Safety Drone Expo directly to you. These 90-minute webinars are offered at no charge as a benefit of membership; however, registration is required. To register for the “Law Enforcement Response to Aircraft Accidents” webinar on Jan. 22 at 1300 EST, please visit our website

If you know of someone who is not an APSA member and would like access to this webinar, they can easily join APSA here

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Teledyne Acquires FLIR Systems for $8 Billion

2021 01 Image6 teledyne techSensor and imaging technology company FLIR Systems announced it would sell to Teledyne Technologies for approximately $8 billion in cash and stock on Jan. 4. Founded more than four decades ago in the Portland, OR region, FLIR went public in 1993. The company sells thermal imaging, night vision, and related products to customers in industries such as military and public safety. FLIR employs more than 4,000 worldwide.

Publicly-traded giant Teledyne, based in California, sells similar products but the deal will complement its existing offerings, according to executives. “At the core of both our companies is proprietary sensor technologies. Our business models are also similar: we each provide sensors, cameras and sensor systems to our customers,” Teledyne Chairman Robert Mehrabian said in a statement. “However, our technologies and products are uniquely complementary with minimal overlap, having imaging sensors based on different semiconductor technologies for different wavelengths.”

“FLIR’s commitment to innovation spanning multiple sensing technologies has allowed our company to grow into the multi-billion-dollar company it is today,” said Earl Lewis, chairman of FLIR. “With our new partner’s platform of complementary technologies, we will be able to continue this trajectory, providing our employees, customers and stockholders even more exciting momentum for growth. “We could not be more excited to join forces with Teledyne through this value-creating transaction. Together, we will offer a uniquely complementary end-to-end portfolio of sensory technologies for all key domains and applications across a well-balanced, global customer base. We are pleased to be partnering with an organization that shares our focus on continuous innovation and operational excellence, and we look forward to working closely with the Teledyne team as we bring our two companies together to capitalize on the important opportunities ahead,” said Jim Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR.

FLIR reported full-year revenue of $1.9 billion in 2019 and expects 2020 revenue between $1.8 billion and $1.9 billion. The pandemic has brought new business to FLIR. Amid the economic downturn, the company in August reported high demand for its thermal imaging cameras used to detect elevated body temperature. Its thermal imaging tech was also used to help assess wildfires last summer.

Sources: https://www.geekwire.com and verticalmag.com 

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APSA Extends Tech Talk Tuesday Series

2021 01 Image7 tech talkAPSA has extended its Tech Talk Tuesday series through early March with Bell, Digital Airware, Concorde and VidOvation scheduled to make presentations.

Fashioned after the Tech Talks offered in the exhibit hall each year during APSCON and Public Safety Drone Expo, these 60-minute online events allow corporate members to promote their products and services directly to membership. The presentations are available at no charge as a benefit of membership; however, registration is required. Visit the APSA website for a current listing of Tech Talk Tuesday subjects and presenters and/or to register for these informative presentations.

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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APSA Rescue Summit at HELI-EXPO – March 22, 2021

2021 01 Image8 APSA Rescue Summit at HELI EXPOThe Airborne Public Safety Association Rescue Summit 2021 will be held in conjunction with HELI-EXPO 2021 on March 22 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Rescue Summit 2021 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 2021 is intended for all who use vertical takeoff and landing aircraft in rescue operations.

Registration for Rescue Summit 2021 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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South African Natural Resources Helicopter Crashes After Takeoff

South Africa National Parks (SANParks) said it would launch an investigation to determine what caused one of its helicopters to crash while attempting to takeoff in Cape Town in early January. SANParks said in a statement its 2021 01 Image9 South African Natural Resources Helicopter Crashes After TakeoffAirbus AS350B-3+ Squirrel was damaged after losing control just over the Cape Town International Airport. “The pilot, who was flying alone during the incident, only suffered minor injuries and received medical attention,” the statement read. “The aircraft is based in Cape Town to assist with aerial law enforcement and conservation management operations in the Table Mountain National Park and surrounding areas.” The department’s statement said the South Africa Civil Aviation Authority and relevant law enforcement authorities were notified of the accident.

SOURCE: www.timeslive.co.za 

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West Virginia State Helicopter Pilot Finds Missing Man

2021 01 Image10 West Virginia State Helicopter Pilot Finds Missing ManA West Virginia State Police Aviation Division pilot found a Boone County man who went missing in early December 2020. The pilot flew up Interstate 79 searching for the victim on December 8 and located his vehicle in an “extremely deep ravine.” Using night vision goggles and the helicopter’s searchlight, the pilot was able to direct fire and EMS ground crews to the victim’s location. Firefighters found the man to be “alive, alert and oriented,” according to a West Virginia State Police spokesperson. The man was taken to a nearby hospital for medical evaluation. The West Virginia State Police initially issued a Silver Alert for the missing man, who left his family’s camp and did not return home. The man was reported to suffer from dementia.

SOURCE: www.wboy.com 

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New Peer Meeting Group Added for 2021

2020 12 Image8 New Peer Meeting Group Added for 2021

APSA conducts regularly scheduled online meetings for safety officers, maintenance technicians, SAR personnel, and UAS operators that you can join using your computer, mobile device or phone. And new for 2021, we are adding a Natural Resources Meeting Group. To facilitate this, the UAS, Safety Officer and Maintenance Technician Meeting Groups will meet once every two months, and the SAR Personnel and Natural Resources Meeting Groups will meet quarterly.

These 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:
UAS: Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021 from 1:00–2:00 PM EST (1800 UTC)
Safety Officers: Friday, Jan. 29, 2021 from 1:00-2:00 PM EST (1800 UTC)
SAR: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 from 1:00–2:00 PM EST (1800 UTC)
Maintenance: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 from 1:00-2:00 PM EST (1800 UTC)
Natural Resources: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT (1700 UTC)

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Highlight Your Aviation Unit in Air Beat

Most articles you read in APSA’s Air Beat magazine come from members like you. With the help of our editorial staff, it’s easy to spotlight the great work of your aviation unit with an article in Air Beat. (It’s our editor’s job to make you look good, so don’t worry if you’re not a writer.)

2021 01 Image12 Highlight Your Aviation Unit in Air BeatWhether your missions involve law enforcement, emergency medical transport, natural resource conservation, firefighting, or search and rescue, or if you operate helicopters, fixed-wing or unmanned platforms, we’d love to hear from you. Email Lisa Wright at airbeat@publicsafetyaviation.org for information.

Some of the topics Air Beat will cover in 2021 include safety, aviation emergency response plans, airborne ISR, the National Incident Management System, virtual and augmented reality simulation training and fixed-wing operations. If you have expertise in any of these areas, contact Air Beat and share it with fellow APSA members. We look forward to hearing from you!

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S.A.F.E. Provides Maintenance Stands to New Mexico State Police

2021 01 Image13 S.A.F.E. Provides Maintenance Stands to New Mexico State PoliceNew Mexico State Police has placed an order for custom maintenance stands from S.A.F.E. Structure Designs. The SAFETY FIRST ergonomic stands allow technicians safe access to all areas of their Airbus H145 (a variant of the EC145) aircraft. The stands are equipped with the latest features including a seamless fit to the aircraft with zero gaps, enhanced safety handrails, and exact working heights to increase comfort and efficiency. The stands are lightweight, easy to move around and allow maintenance access to the aircraft on both a dolly and on the ground. The EC145 stands provide a large work platform that will be used for servicing the engines, transmission and rotor head. The stands will be custom painted black and gold to match the aircraft and will be delivered in April 2021.

“We are proud to supply the New Mexico State Police with EC145 maintenance support equipment,” said Johnny Buscema, S.A.F.E. CEO. “These stands are the same custom design provided to Airbus Helicopters Training Center. This support equipment is designed to provide personnel with safe and efficient access for all maintenance. We have provided similar support equipment for a wide range of helicopters and airplanes in both the civilian and military sector.”

Source: S.A.F.E. Press Release

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Edmonton Police Receives Completed Airbus H125

2021 01 Image14 Edmonton Police Receives Completed Airbus H125The Edmonton (Alberta) Police Service (EPS) recently took delivery of an Airbus H125 customized by Eagle Copters Ltd. The fully configured helicopter, AIR-2, was placed into service in December 2020. As part of the completion package, EPS upgraded to the P132 Electrical Console and P139-HD Digital Audio System, known as Eagle Audio. “The audio system has been extremely popular with law enforcement, EMS and government agencies worldwide for its leading-edge multicast and bidirectional repeater technology,” said Luba Jovicic of Eagle Audio. “Its night vision compatibility and the ability to support up to 20 transceivers and 12 headsets makes it versatile and scalable for any mission-specific application.”

SOURCE: www.verticalmag.com 

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Florida Man Accused of Shining Laser at Sheriff’s Helicopter

2021 01 Image15 Florida Man Accused of Shining Laser at Sheriffs HelicopterA Naples man allegedly shined a laser at a Collier County (FL) Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) helicopter in late December 2020. A CCSO aircrew was flying Air1 on patrol when a green laser appeared and shined throughout the helicopter. The 43-year-old perpetrator reportedly struck the tactical flight officer in one of his eyes, causing him to lose sight for a few seconds. The pilot then flew the helicopter toward the laser while the TFO pinpointed the laser’s source using infrared technology. The crew guided deputies on the ground to the man’s home, and the suspect admitted to pointing the laser at the helicopter but said it was an accident. Detectives determined the man flashed the laser at the CCSO helicopter for two to three minutes. He was arrested at his home and faces a felony charge.

SOURCE: www.nbc-2.com 

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Costa Rica Adds New Police Plane With U.S. Support

The Costa Rica Police Air Vigilance Service unveiled a new airplane meant to assist in anti-drug operations in mid-December 2020. The unveiling ceremony was held at Juan Santamaría Airport alongside representatives from the U.S. Embassy, which helped fund the purchase of the Cessna Grand Caravan. The $5.6 million investment included the aircraft, spare parts, maintenance and training. In addition to financing the new plane, the U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs donated a hangar that will house Costa Rica’s four UH-1ST helicopters.

2021 01 Image16 Costa Rica Adds New Police Plane With U.S. Support“The U.S. is committed to working shoulder-to-shoulder with Costa Rica to build a more stable, prosperous and secure region,” said U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day. “The incorporation of this aircraft and this hangar will help Costa Rica to improve its support to isolated communities and its patrol capacity in the territory, making a difference in the lives of Costa Ricans.”

Public Security Minister Michael Soto highlighted the Cessna’s short takeoff and landing abilities, which will allow it to operate in remote areas. The plane will support anti-drug, anti-illegal fishing and humanitarian operations across the country. The U.S. currently provides Costa Rica with $40 million annually to fight narcotics trafficking and organized crime.

SOURCE: www.ticotimes.net 

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Malaysian Police Department Deploys Drone for COVID Compliance

2021 01 Image17a Malaysian Police Department Deploys Drone for COVID ComplianceMalaysia’s Sabah Police Air Wing has deployed unmanned aircraft to monitor compliance with the state’s Covid-19-related Conditional Movement Control Order. The Sabah Police Air Wing drone unit has conducted more than 50 operations focused on virus protocol compliance since it was set up in March, according to Commander Ahmad Lokman Abd Hadi. The department has also helped local police units monitor their districts. “The drone monitoring depends on the police headquarters’ needs or the departments who requested it, and usually monitoring was done at public places, such as markets, bus stops, supermarkets and housing areas, due to lack of personnel or difficulty to access certain areas,” Ahmad Lokman said.

According to Ahmad Lokman, feedback from local police indicates the air surveillance has been effective in ensuring Covid compliance. He said the UAS not only capture photos but issue announcements in local dialects. Each drone is flown at above 100 feet, as stipulated by Malaysian Civil Aviation Regulations. Ahmad Lokman said the Sabah Police Air Wing unit has four DJI drones operated by eight officers and eight rank-and-file personnel.

SOURCE: www.dailyexpress.com.my 

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NPAS Helicopter Spots Cannabis Factory

2021 01 Image18 NPAS Helicopter Spots Cannabis FactoryA U.K. National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter located a hotspot over Kettering, Northamptonshire, in late December 2020 that turned out to be a cannabis factory. Two suspects were taken into custody after the aircrew directed ground troops to the location.

Police found a sophisticated grow house worth thousands when they raided the home identified by the aircrew. In total, the grow housed 91 plants spread across four bedrooms. A 34-year-old man and 35-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis. The find was the latest discovery by officers on the ground in Kettering, who arrested two other marijuana cultivators in November last year.

SOURCE: www.northantstelegraph.co.uk

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Firefighter Who Exposed Himself to SAPD Helicopter Suspended

2021 01 Image19 Firefighter Who Exposed Himself to SAPD Helicopter SuspendedA firefighter who bared his buttocks at a San Antonio (TX) Police Department (SAPD) Eagle helicopter last year has been suspended 20 days, city discipline records show. The firefighting engineer was given an indefinite suspension in early November, but the punishment was later shortened as part of a signed release and settlement agreement with San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood. The incident took place April 29 while the engineer was on-duty and in full uniform. Pictures were taken and later distributed, suspension records show. The firefighter was cited for violating San Antonio Fire Department rules pertaining to conduct and behavior, negative public image and inappropriate behavior.

SOURCE: www.ksat.com 

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Maryland State Helicopter Hoists Kayaker From Marsh

2021 01 Image20 Maryland State Helicopter Hoists Kayaker From MarshMaryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 2, based at Andrews Air Force Base, was dispatched to Patuxent River Park in Prince George’s County to rescue a kayaker who had capsized and was stuck in mud on Dec. 5, 2020. The Prince George’s County Emergency Operations Center received the initial 911 call from a citizen who located the stranded kayaker. The caller informed the operations center he was in contact with the capsized victim, who swam to shore and was stuck in the marshy area. The Prince George’s County Fire Department requested the assistance of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command to locate and rescue the stranded kayaker.

The helicopter crew arrived on-scene and located the kayaker near the Patuxent River shore. The aircrew directed Prince George’s County Fire Department personnel to the location, but rescuers were unable to access the victim due to the shallow water and marshy terrain. With night approaching and temperatures decreasing, the helicopter crew configured Trooper 2 for an aerial hoist operation. The pilots maneuvered the AW-139 into a steady hover 125 feet above the victim. A trooper/rescue technician was lowered to the scene, secured the kayaker in the hoist extrication device and was hoisted to the helicopter with the victim. Trooper 2 then transported the patient to Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital.

SOURCE: news.maryland.gov  

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DOJ Launches Grant Management Website

2021 01 Image21 DOJ Launches Grant Management Website

A The Department of Justice launched a new grants management system, JustGrants, in October 2020. Through the JustGrants website, applicants and grantees can access training resources, find answers to frequently asked questions, and sign up for updates. Get started by gaining an understanding of the application process in JustGrants. This site provides information and resources to assist DOJ award applicants, recipients and other stakeholders most effectively register in and use these systems. For more information on applying for and managing DOJ grants, please access the resources linked here

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DJI Counts More Than 500 People Rescued by UAS

2021 01 Image22 DJI Counts More Than 500 People Rescued by UASDrone manufacturer DJI reported in December more than 500 people around the world have been rescued from danger by unmanned aircraft. The civilian drone and aerial imaging technology company said the 500-rescue milestone came last October, when sheriff’s deputies in Missouri used a DJI drone with a thermal imaging camera to find a missing 93-year-old woman in a dark field.

DJI lists rescues from around the world on the DJI Drone Rescue Map, which has tracked more than 300 incidents when police, firefighters, rescue squads and bystanders have used drones to save people from danger since the first known rescue in 2013. Drones have found missing people in darkness, helped rescuers plot paths out of hazardous terrain, brought life preservers to people struggling in water and delivered supplies to stranded victims.

SOURCE: www.suasnews.com 

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Popular Blog Honors First Black U.S. Park Police Helicopter Pilot

2021 01 Image23 Popular Blog Honors First Black U.S. Park Police Helicopter PilotWilliam Spruill Sr., the first black helicopter pilot for the U.S. Park Police, recently was highlighted by a blog honoring great black Americans. Spruill, a North Carolina native, grew up on a farm and obtained his pilot’s license after leaving high school to pursue his career. When the U.S. Park Police founded its aviation program, Spruill was one of three officers trained as helicopter pilots, making history as the first and only black person to serve in the position from 1972-1977. As a U.S. Park Police helicopter pilot, Spruill supported and flew missions for the Secret Service, FBI and local law enforcement agencies. Eventually, he became commander of the unit and was the first pilot to fly medevac, search and rescue and presidential security missions.

As one of three founding U.S. Park Police pilots, Spruill said he encouraged other black men to apply, but the qualifications were rigorous, and many who applied didn't make it. Spruill eventually retired as a ranking major and became the first national aviation manager for the National Park Service, where he served 15 years before retiring in 2006. In that role, Spruill developed and managed policy to use aviation resources for all national parks, including those in Alaska and Hawaii. To date, no other African American has held the position.

SOURCE: www.becauseofthemwecan.com 

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APSA Welcomes New Members

APSA’s networking, education and training opportunities are unique and specialized for public safety aviation. Let your colleagues and friends know about APSA. Thank you for your membership and helping APSA continue to grow. We would like to welcome the following corporate and individual members who joined during December 2020:

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Sentient Vision Systems
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Marilyn DeLaHaye, MITRE
Weston Fortner, DeKalb County (AL) Sheriff
Justin Gould, Pinellas County (FL) Sheriff's Office
Matthew Henson, Travis County (TX) Sheriff’s Office
Rachel Jefferson, City of Bowie (MD) Police Department
Joel Jungemann, USDA Forest Service
Justin Lilly, Alaska Department of Public Safety
Matthew Martin, Dekalb County (AL) Sheriff's Office
Daniel McManus, Columbia (SC) Fire Department
George Meyer, Civil Dynamics International
Gong Michael, Fresno County (CA) Sheriff's Office
Steven Moore, Dallas (TX) Police Aviation Unit
Nathan Nalley, Lexington (KY) Police Department
Philip Owen, Avion Solutions
Joe Perchinelli, New York (NY) Police Department
Brent Poortinga, DEA
Paul Roper, New South Wales Police Force
Patrick Smith, Gastops Ltd.
Steve Terrance, Australian Federal Police
Randy Worthey, Matagorda County (TX) Sheriff's Office

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