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News > Washington DC Police Take Delivery of Second AS350 B3

Washington DC Police Take Delivery of Second AS350 B3

June 5, 2006

The Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPDC) has received and deployed its second American Eurocopter AS350 B3, doubling the fleet keeping an airborne eye on the nation’s capital.  
“We already had a single B3 being used by our Air Support Division,” says MPDC Captain Brian Bray. “It’s been the core of our unit since we were reactivated in February, 2001. We’re primarily using our B3s in support of our officers on-the-ground. We also use our aircraft for aerial surveillance, photo missions, tactical operations, and vehicle pursuit management.”  
With its FADEC-equipped 847 shp Turbomeca Arriel 2B engine, the AS350 B3 delivers high performance in all kinds of environments. Moreover, its reliable, quiet flight profile is made even better by the B3's VEMD multifunction cockpit display, which enhances safety by reducing pilot workload. Add a fast cruise speed of 140 kits, room for a pilot and 6-7 passengers, and a sling capacity of more than 3085lbs, and the American Eurocopter AS350 B3 is the most capable, user-friendly helicopter in its class.  
The MPDC Air Support Unit is also using its B3s to monitor demonstrations and to help police apprehend the small minority of participants who choose to become violent. To do its job 24/7, the B3 has been equipped with a FLIR infra-red camera and Nightsun spotlight. “There’s no way officers on the ground can see everything that’s going on in a crowd,” Captain Bray says. “But our airborne eyes can, allowing us to do our job in protecting people and property.”
About American Eurocopter  
American Eurocopter Corp. is the American subsidiary of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and EADS North America, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter builds, 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, Texas, with a manufacturing facility in Columbus, Mississippi. For more information: (972) 641-0000 or visit our website at 

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