eNewsletter - December 2012


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http://www.tangotec.com/?sitere=forex-signals&bff=a0 New Zealand Men Found Guilty of Pointing Laser

no touch option broker PhotoTwo men were found guilty on Nov. 9 of causing unnecessary danger to an aircraft after shining a high-powered laser at a New Zealand Police helicopter. Sentencing will take place in February 2013 and carry a maximum penalty of 12 months in prison.

http://teamgfoundation.org/vioridit/2796 The case prosecutor said the men had taken turns pointing the laser at the New Zealand Police AS355 on May 7, 2011. She told the court the helicopter crew flew towards the direction of the laser and it was pointed at them again, with each strike lasting about five seconds. The crew saw a group of people sitting on the back deck of a house and arranged for a police car to visit the address.

follow link “The New Zealand Police operate two AS355 twin squirrels with three crewmembers (including the pilot) and no dual controls,” said Sergeant Al Grant of the New Zealand Police's Police Prosecutions Service. “We were on routine duties when the first strike hit us. The pilot took steps to mitigate further exposure, as did I as the front crewman.”

source link After reviewing video of the incident, the crew was able to narrow down the range of suspects to two or three people. Grant said the crew suffered no apparent injuries from the laser strike. The laser was later analyzed by a university optics department to determine its power and divergence.

iniziare a giocare in borsa con minimo 1 The New Zealand Parliament is currently exploring legislation to combat the rising laser-strike problem, according to Grant. He said an informal working group has been established through which representatives of the police department, Air New Zealand and the Auckland Airport can exchange information about laser strike trends and new procedures.

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http://thesportsinjuryclinic.org/wp-login.php?redirect_to=http://thesportsinjuryclinic.org/huntingdon-clinic/ Atlanta Police Helicopter Fleet Returns to Skies

forex daily trading system free download PhotoThe Atlanta (GA) Police Department's helicopter fleet resumed patrols over the city on Nov. 19. The fleet was grounded for about two weeks following a crash that killed two law enforcement officers. The department has been forced to answer questions about the usefulness and cost of its aviation unit in the wake of the accident. A number of public officials, police officers and law enforcement experts told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the helicopters are essential crime-fighting and life-saving tools, despite their expense.

binäre optionen prognosen "We've found numerous victims…and bad guys that we could not have found without the helicopters," said Lieutenant Greg Mercier, chief pilot with the Georgia State Patrol. "It's just a great tool." The Atlanta Police Department Air Unit helicopters fly about 500 hours per year, looking for missing people and stolen cars and assisting on other calls.

enter The officers who died in the Nov. 3 crash, Pilot Richard J. Halford and TFO Shawn A. Smiley, were searching for a missing 9-year-old child at the time of the incident. The officers are reported to have received glowing reviews from their supervisors in the years before the crash.

While city officials said 11 years ago the Vietnam War-era chopper had outlived its useful life of 25 years, the helicopter was completely refurbished within the past seven years. Reports indicate it was upgraded with new equipment after the engine was replaced in 2005.

SOURCE: www.ajc.com

NYPD Aviation Unit Busy in Wake of Sandy

PhotoAfter assisting in numerous Hurricane Sandy-related rescue efforts in late October, the New York Police Department (NYPD) Aviation Unit continued to be active in the wake of the storm, helping to prevent looting and patrolling waterfront properties. "We have the Nightsun…Just the sight of the light is a deterrent right there," said Lieutenant Richard Knoeller of the Aviation Unit. "We also have forward-looking infrared systems where we can see a house that would be inhabitable. If we see persons late at night, we're able to radio to get our ground units there quickly.” In addition to looters, members of the NYPD Aviation Unit have searched for individuals in need of help in areas affected by the storm.

SOURCE: brooklyn.ny1.com

Police Helicopters Collide at Heliport

PhotoTwo Pasadena (CA) Police Department Bell OH-58 helicopters collided on Nov. 17, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. "Thank goodness nobody was seriously injured," Pasadena Councilman Steve Madison, chair of the Public Safety Committee, told the Southwest Riverside News Network.

At the time of the crash, one of the police helicopters was taking off; the other was landing. The helicopters' main rotor blades made contact over the Pasadena Police Department heliport, causing extensive damage. The aircrews sustained minor injuries and were taken to the hospital. The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. The police department has three other functional aircraft available, and the crash won't disrupt operations.

SOURCE: www.swrnn.com

Nominations Open for APSA Board Positions: One Week Left!

PhotoThe nomination period for APSA elected offices to serve for the term of July 2013 through July 2015 will be open until Dec. 15.

The following offices will be open for nomination: President, Chief Financial Officer, Canadian Region Director, Central Region Director and Southeast Region Director. Members residing in their region shall elect region directors, and the director must reside in the region he or she is elected to represent.

Nominations must be submitted by regular mail, facsimile or e-mail and addressed to the APSA secretary. Please ensure nominations indicate the name of the nominee, the position for which the person is being nominated and the person making the nomination. Both the person being nominated and the person making the nomination must be current members and in good standing in the APSA. Submissions must be received or postmarked on or before Dec. 15. The ballots will be distributed to members by mail on or about May 1, 2013. The ballots will be counted during the 43rd Annual Conference & Exposition in Orlando, FL, with the results announced at the General Membership Meeting on July 18, 2013.

Send your nominations to: Airborne Public Safety Association, Attn: Secretary Gregg Weitzman, 50 Carroll Creek Way, Suite 260, Frederick, MD 21701, or via email to secretary@PublicSafetyAviation.org, or via fax to (301) 631-2466.

SOURCE: Airborne Public Safety Association

Phoenix Helicopter Used for Searchlight Certification

PhotoThe Phoenix (AZ) Police Department Air Support Unit recently provided its newest American Eurocopter AS350 B3 for certification of the Trakkabeam A800 Searchlight System on the airframe. The department's aviation unit is already using the searchlight in daily patrol operations.

“Assisting with the Trakkabeam STC was an exciting project for the Phoenix Police Department,” said Lieutenant Pat Tortorici, commander of the Phoenix Police Department Air Support Unit. “Testing and implementing a new searchlight technology not only benefits our agency, but the airborne law enforcement community as a whole.”

According to American Eurocopter, the Trakkabeam A800 searchlight is lightweight and employs a xenon lamp to provide uniform intensity across the entire illuminated area. The company indicated it would be using the searchlight STC to support existing helicopter contracts and make it available for installation on new aircraft and as a retrofit.

SOURCE: American Eurocopter

Alaska Agency Orders New Helicopter

PhotoThe Alaska Department of Public Safety Aircraft Section recently purchased an American Eurocopter AS350 B3e to support operations of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers and State Troopers. The aircraft will be based in Fairbanks, AK.

“When we decided to add another helicopter to our fleet, we knew we needed something with the performance and capacity that would allow us to complete our wide variety of missions,” said Colonel Gary Folger, Alaska Wildlife Troopers. “The AStar's wide cabin and flat floor gives us plenty of room for mission equipment and cargo.”

The AS350 B3e is the latest version of the AStar family, known for its performance, reliability and multi-mission flexibility. A new Turbomeca Arriel 2D engine that delivers a higher cruise speed and is equipped with a new dual-channel FADEC and engine data recorder powers the aircraft.

The Alaska Department of Public Safety uses its helicopters and a large fleet of fixed-wing aircraft to support operations throughout the state, as most areas of Alaska are not accessible by roads.

SOURCE: American Eurocopter

New Helicopters Bring NVG Technology to Kansas City

PhotoThe Kansas City (KS) Police Department Aviation Unit has recently begun a night vision goggle (NVG) program to help its helicopter pilots during nighttime patrols. The NVGs are part of the technology suite included on the city's three new MD Helicopters MD 500Es, which were delivered in September. The aircraft also include live video downlinking, moving map system overlays, and upgraded thermal cameras and spotlights.

“I can't believe all the stuff we were missing,” Officer Kevin Colmar told the Kansas City Star. “It's kind of spooky to think about.” The new thermal cameras include an infrared laser pointer visible only through goggles, and the spotlights include an infrared filter that can shine an invisible beam from hundreds of feet away.

The special equipment accounts for about half of the cost of the $8.6 million helicopters. The department's eight pilots share three pairs of goggles and must clean, mount and refocus them before each shift.

SOURCE: www.kansascity.com

APSA Member and ASTREA Pilot Retires

PhotoSan Diego County (CA) Sheriff's Department Sergeant and Aerial Support to Regional Enforcement Agencies (ASTREA) Pilot Jon Shellhammer retired in early November after 32 years as a sheriff's deputy. Shellhammer, a member of the Airborne Public Safety Association, was assigned to the department's helicopter unit for 24 years prior to his retirement. He recorded more than 8,000 hours of pilot-in-command time.

Shellhammer, 54, told the North County Times he still loves flying and has never forgotten some of the more intense moments of his career, including being fired at while at 400 feet AGL, performing a successful autorotation after a fuel system malfunction over a canyon, performing 25 medical evacuations and rescuing more than 100 people.

SOURCE: www.nctimes.com

NY Aviation Units Help Seize Pot Plants

PhotoPolice agencies found about 500 marijuana plants worth an estimated $250,000 in Lewis County (NY) with the assistance of multiple aviation units last month. Lewis County Sheriff's Department officials, together with state and local police agencies, state environmental conservation officers and forest rangers, utilized aerial surveillance from the New York State Police Aviation Unit and New York Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, on-the-ground searches, and remote sensing to find the marijuana grows.

According to police officials, fewer plants have been confiscated in New York during the past several years due to staffing reductions and budgetary constraints. However, Dale Roberts, senior investigator with the Lewis County Sheriff's Department, said “good intelligence” allowed the agencies to overcome those concerns this year.

Most of the recently discovered plants were found in heavily wooded areas on state land in the towns of Pinckney, Montague, Osceola, West Turin, Lewis and Lyonsdale. Police were unable to determine who planted them.

SOURCE: www.policeone.com

Virginia State Police Scales Back Aerial Speed Enforcement

PhotoThe Virginia State Police has issued only 87 tickets resulting from troopers patrolling interstates in Cessna 182s since 2008. Troopers issued 5,117 tickets between 2000 and 2008. The state has scaled back its aerial speed limit enforcement program primarily due to the program's costs. State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said the agency had to reduce expenses because of decreased federal funding, state budget cuts and a manpower shortage. She said most of the 586 hours its three planes spent in the air in 2011 were for administrative transports, surveillance and pilot training.

News reports indicate other states also have scaled back aerial patrol programs. The New York State Police has not written a traffic ticket for offenses spotted during aerial missions since 2005, and the California Highway Patrol now spends most of its airtime on support searches and pursuits.

SOURCE: www.tricities.com

China Receives Firefighting & Law Enforcement Aircraft

PhotoThe firefighting division of Beijing's Municipal Public Security Bureau received a new AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter in early November. In addition to firefighting and disaster relief, the aircraft will perform law enforcement missions in cooperation with the Beijing Police.

The AW139 delivers a maximum cruise speed of 165 knots and a maximum range in excess of 570 nm with auxiliary fuel. AgustaWestland says the aircraft delivers good one-engine inoperative capabilities even in hot and high environmental conditions. More than 500 AW139s are now in service globally.

SOURCE: AgustaWestland

Airborne Drug Interdiction: Got a Good Bust?

PhotoThe use of aviation assets to assist in fighting drug production and trafficking is a staple of many law enforcement agencies. The March-April 2013 issue of APSA's Air Beat magazine will look at airborne missions and tactics of the war on drugs.

If you would like to contribute an article on this topic or share photos or details from an incident in your area, please contact Lisa at airbeat@PublicSafetyAviation.org before the end of December.


Start the New Year With APSA's Southeast Region Safety Seminar

PhotoThe Alachua County Sheriff ‘s Office and Gainesville Police Department Joint Aviation Unit will host the 2013 APSA Southeast Region Safety Seminar in Gainesville, FL, from Jan. 8-10, 2013, at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center.

You'll learn more about airborne use of force, a pilot's perspective of surviving an inflight emergency, airborne smuggling trends, joint agency communications, fixed-wing patrolling, safety management, and much more.

To register, visithttps://www.alea.org/events/detail.aspx?i=133&p=1&d=01/08/2013 or email Region Director Kevin Vislocky at kvislocky@PublicSafetyAviation.org.


Seasons Greetings From APSA

The Board of Directors, staff, and contractors of the APSA wish you and yours a safe holiday season and a happy new year. Resolve to get involved with your Association in 2013 by attending a safety seminar and/or the 43rd Annual Conference & Exposition, contributing an article and/or photographs for Air Beat or the E-Newsletter, and participating in the discussion forums on the website. APSA exists for you, and your input is critical to our collective success.