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News > American Eurocopter Honors U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies for Exceptional Rotary-wing Flight Operations and Maintenance

American Eurocopter Honors U.S. Law Enforcement Agencies for Exceptional Rotary-wing Flight Operations and Maintenance

March 2, 2007

Police agencies across the U.S. were honored today at American Eurocopter’s annual law enforcement luncheon for exceptional rotary-wing operations in the performance of their duties. 
The luncheon at Orlando, Florida’s Convention Center drew some 70 attendees from 20 law enforcement agencies from across the United States. 
The Los Angeles Police Department received an award for 75,000 hours of safe flight logged with its fleet of AS350B2s, which have been utilized by the Air Support Division since 2001. The LAPD currently operates 12 AS350s, and has purchased a 13th for delivery later this year. 
LAPD pilot Frank King was presented the safety award by Larry Roberts, American Eurocopter’s Vice President of Customer Affairs. 
Also recognized today were: 
•The Los Angeles Country Sheriff’s Office for 35,000 hours of safe flight with its AS350B2s,  
•The Texas Department of Public Safety for 40,000 safe flight hours, utilizing a fleet of AS350B2s, 
•John Brones, the Director of Maintenance at the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, for  
outstanding service in the maintenance of the agency’s EC120 helicopters, and 
•The Joint Aviation Unit of Florida’s Gainsville Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, which received the  
Eagle Vision Award. 
American Eurocopter helicopters have become a primary rotary-wing aircraft for law enforcement agencies across the United States. Roberts noted that American Eurocopter retained its dominant position in the U.S. law enforcement sector during 2006 by maintaining a 50 percent market share. Orders and deliveries during the year were paced by the single-engine AS350B2/B3 and the EC120. 
About Eurocopter 
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 14,000 people. In 2006, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 3.8 billion euros, orders for 615 new helicopters, and a 52% percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s products account for 30% percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 17 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centres. More than 9,800 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,500 customers in 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.  
About American Eurocopter  
American Eurocopter 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 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 new manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. 
100 years of vertical flight 
In 1907, Paul Cornu performed history’s first ever vertical flight. Since then, thanks to pioneering spirits, technological advances and innovative minds, the helicopter has become a key to saving lives, protecting citizens and contributing to economic development the world over. In 2007, Eurocopter is proud to celebrate this anniversary and to share its passion for helicopters.

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