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News > American Eurocopter delivers 14th AS350B2 to the LAPD

American Eurocopter delivers 14th AS350B2 to the LAPD

November 17, 2008

Today, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) took delivery of their 14th AS350B2 from American Eurocopter. The helicopter will join a mixed fleet of rotary and fixed wing aircraft in the LAPD’s Air Support Division (ASD).

LAPD AS350B2 aircraft LAPD Air Support Division (ASD)“We chose the AS350B2 because of the aircraft’s mission flexibility, durability and reliability,” said Sergeant Jorge Gonzalez, the officer in charge of the ASD’s support section. “It really is the ideal platform for us.”

The AS350B2 has become a leader in the U.S. law enforcement market because of its powerful 732 shp Turbomeca Arriel 1D1 engine, room for six passengers plus pilot and a sling capacity of more than 2,555 lbs. The helicopter’s adaptability makes it suitable for a variety of law enforcement missions including special operations and emergency medevacs.

Sergeant Gonzalez explains that product support is another factor. “One of the other reasons we have continued to expand with the AS350B2 is the great support we receive from American Eurocopter and Turbomeca,” he says.

The aircraft has become an integral part of the ASD fleet and helps them complete their important missions providing backup to the city’s patrol officers. The LAPD’s ASD also conducts high altitude surveillance missions, and serves as transport for SWAT insertions and dog search teams. Sergeant Gonzalez explains that “The missions are the same only the vehicle has changed.”

To highlight this unity, the AS350B2 will be completed with the LAPD’s new black and white paint scheme for the Air Support Division. “We are there to protect and support our fellow officers on the ground and we are bringing back the standard black and white paint scheme to re-emphasize this point,” continues Sgt. Gonzalez.

The AS350 family has established itself as a preferred platform for U.S.
law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and it has become an essential tool in the fight against crime. The aircraft currently serves with 75 agencies across the nation, including major federal operators such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

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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