American Eurocopter showcases AStar helicopter at ALEA 2011
LA County AS350 B2 and Texas DPS AS350 B3 will be featured on the stand at show
American Eurocopt will be displaying at the Airborne Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) show being held in New Orleans between the 20 to 23 July 2011. Two AStar helicopters will be featured on American
Eurocopter’s exhibition stand, an AS350 B2 from the Los Angeles County
Sheriff’s Department Aero Bureau and an AS350 B3 from the Texas Department of
Public Safety Aircraft Section.
The AS350 B2 has become the signature
aircraft for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Aero Bureau. The Aero
Bureau has 12 AS350 B2s in its fleet and these aircraft represent the most
modern B2 law enforcement fleet in the world. With advanced technology systems
that include Forward Looking Infrared Radar (F.L.I.R.), multi-band digital
radio systems, Global Positioning Mapping System, and Down-Link video feed, the
Aero Bureau can provide real-time proactive support to law enforcement personnel
and Command Operation Centers.
The Texas DPS AS350 B3 that will be on
display is one of two B3s added to a DPS fleet that already includes 14
Eurocopter AStar helicopters and one EC145. The B3s were chosen for their cabin
size, multi-mission flexibility and hot & high performance. The mission
equipment suite on this aircraft includes a thermal imager, searchlight and
moving map system. Texas DPS also added a 500 lb. rescue hoist that is utilized
in search and rescue operations.