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News > Placer County Sheriff's Department chooses the AS350B3 to expand mission capability

Placer County Sheriff's Department chooses the AS350B3 to expand mission capability

April 21, 2009

Grand Prairie, Texas – The Placer County Sheriff’s Department took delivery of an AS350B3 helicopter from American Eurocopter this week. This delivery marks the department’s move from military surplus to a multi-mission helicopter that will be used for a variety of law enforcement, firefighting and search & rescue missions.

AS350B3 helicopter multi-mission helicopter“We needed a new aircraft with new technology that would provide us with more capability,” said Sgt. Van Bogardus, Chief Pilot, Placer County Sheriff’s Department. “We had an extensive review and evaluation process, and we chose the AS350B3.”

The mission needs of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department have evolved over the past few years, so the department selected a helicopter that could provide the power, lifting capacity and flexibility to perform missions including law enforcement patrol, search & rescue, firefighting, counter-drug operations, homeland security and aerial photography.

Placer County is 1400 square miles of diverse geography ranging from the suburbs east of Sacramento to the High Sierra Mountains and Lake Tahoe. The Sheriff’s Department is required to fly at altitudes from 100 feet above sea level to over 10,000 feet above sea level, so they needed a helicopter with the performance to match various flight profiles. 

“When we looked at all of the things we needed out of an aircraft, the AS350B3 was the best option,” continues Sgt. Bogardus. “It provides us with the combination of performance and flexibility we need, plus the lift capacity and hoist capability to perform our expanding mission profile.”

The powerful AS350 family of helicopters has become the standard for law enforcement agencies across the United States, and American Eurocopter has maintained 59% of the medium single-engine turbine helicopter market in law enforcement applications for the past 10 years. Powered by a Turbomeca Arriel 2B1 engine, the AS350B3 offers hot and high performance with an increased maximum gross weight and the added safety of dual hydraulics. The large cabin space and flexibility allow for a variety of configurations to meet a wide range of mission needs.

“This new helicopter will allow us to enhance our mission capabilities and greatly increase the types of services we provide to the residents of Placer County and the surrounding regions,” finishes Sgt. Bogardus.

The Placer County Sheriff’s AS350B3 will be heading to Hangar One Avionics for completion and will enter into law enforcement service later this year. 

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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