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News > American Eurocopter recognizes First-Responder Agencies for Operational Excellence in the use of Eurocopter Helicopters


American Eurocopter recognizes First-Responder Agencies for Operational Excellence in the use of Eurocopter Helicopters

February 23, 2009

Anaheim, Heli-Expo 2009 – American Eurocopter today recognized seven airborne first-responder agencies for their excellence in flying Eurocopter aircraft, and also acknowledged four new customers who have joined the company’s growing list of law enforcement and government operators.

Flying EagleThe awards were presented at American Eurocopter’s annual Law Enforcement Luncheon, which was held during the HELI-EXPO 2009 helicopter show in Anaheim, California.  This luncheon is part of American Eurocopter’s continued close working relationship with police and government agencies that use Eurocopter rotorcraft from coast to coast, and border to border.

American Eurocopter’s Flying Eagle award was presented to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Air Support Division and the City of Los Angeles’ General Services Department for achieving 175,000 safe flight hours while operating AS350B1/B2 helicopters. This achievement is representative of outstanding performance from flight and maintenance crews working together toward the unified goal of providing air support to ground operations of the LAPD.

U.S. Customs & Border Protection also received a Flying Eagle award for logging 155,000 accident-free flight hours with AS350B2/B3 and EC120 helicopters while maintaining the security of America’s homeland.  The agency’s operations included 1,000 criminal apprehensions and the seizure of over 100,000 pounds of illegal drugs in 2008. 

An American Eurocopter Flying Eagle award was issued to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for its 56,000 safe flight hours with AS350B2s, which are utilized in serving this agency’s broad and varied coverage area in Southern California.

The Baltimore Police Department also received an American Eurocopter Flying Eagle award in recognition of its 28,000 safe flight hours while operating EC120 helicopters.  The department has the highest-time EC120 fleet in the United States, including one aircraft with 8,500 flight hours.

American Eurocopter’s Winged Handcuff award was presented to the San Diego Police Department for its highly-effective application of AS350B3 helicopters in law enforcement operations, leading to more than 4,000 criminal apprehensions.  This agency is known for its efficient use of airborne mission equipment and the close coordination with ground units in successful law enforcement operations.

A Distinguished Service Award plaque was issued to Captain Joseph P. Impellizeri of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in recognition of his leadership as Commander of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Aero Bureau.  Under the command of Capt. Impellizeri – who is completing a 32-year career in law enforcement – the Aero Bureau has risen to a high level of excellence in support of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the citizens of Los Angeles County. 

A Service Award plaque was issued to Brian Parsons, Director of Maintenance for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, in recognition of his dedicated efforts in the service of the agency’s Aviation Unit.  This unit has achieved over 5,000 flight hours while operating AS350B2 and EC120 helicopters with a 100 percent response rate to calls for service, and no calls missed due to maintenance-related items. Parsons’ achievements epitomize his dedication to law enforcement flight crews and set a standard for excellence.

American Eurocopter’s Law Enforcement Luncheon also included the awarding of new customer plaques to the following agencies that have selected Eurocopter helicopters for their airborne law enforcement operations: Lake County Sheriff’s Department (EC120), Miami-Dade Police Department (four AS350B3s), Placer County Sheriff’s Department (AS350B3), and the Riverside Police Department (AS350B2).

About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is the U.S. subsidiary of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer and the company markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. American Eurocopter's headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS and its West Coast Regional Support Facility in Long Beach, CA.


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