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News > American Eurocopter Delivers EC120 to Lake County Sheriff's Aviation Unit

American Eurocopter Delivers EC120 to Lake County Sheriff's Aviation Unit

State-of-the-art aircraft to rejuvenate county's aerial support

August 17, 2009

Grand Prairie, Texas — American Eurocopter today delivered the first EC120 to Lake County Sheriff Department’s Aviation Unit. This new, state-of-the-art helicopter will rejuvenate the unit’s fleet that started service in Indiana over 30 years ago.

EC120 Lake Country sheriff helicopter press release

The Lake County Sheriff Department’s EC120 lifts off from American Eurocopter’s headquarters facility in Texas.

The Lake County Sheriff Department’s Aviation Unit was started in 1979 and it is responsible for airborne law enforcement support missions throughout Lake County, Indiana, and surrounding areas. Since the start, the unit has utilized a variety of aircraft including military surplus models.

“It was definitely time to upgrade,” said Sergeant Randy Phillips, Lake County Sheriff Department’s Aviation Division. “The combination of price, performance, technology options and great support we receive from American Eurocopter made the EC120 an easy choice.”

The unit flies a variety of missions that include pursuit assistance and patrol, and providing aerial support to the K-9, Aquatics, Marine and Tactical special operations units. Lake County’s new EC120 is Night Vision Goggle (NVG) compatible and outfitted with advanced technologies like Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) system, a remote control SX-5 Night Sun searchlight and a moving map system. These technological advancements will help the unit expand the scope of their missions and support throughout its areas of operation.

“The Lake County Sheriff’s Department was committed to upgrading to a helicopter that would help them expand their mission capabilities and working with a company that would support them throughout the order process and beyond,” said Larry Roberts, American Eurocopter Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Customer Support. “They made an informed decision by selecting American Eurocopter as their helicopter provider and in the EC120 as their aerial platform. We are looking forward to working with Lake County and supporting them for many years to come.”

The EC120 is known for its excellent maneuverability and its advanced technologies, like the cockpit’s Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD) that decrease pilot workload. The aircraft is powered by a fuel-efficient Turbomeca ARRIUS 2F engine and features the new generation Fenestron® tail rotor – which provides one of the most environmentally conscious sound signatures in its class. The EC120 also protects our nation’s borders as part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s fleet.

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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