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News > Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Office to expand law enforcement capability with addition of new Airbus Helicopters H125 AStar

Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Office to expand law enforcement capability with addition of new Airbus Helicopters H125 AStar

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (December 18, 2015) – Airbus Helicopters Inc. has delivered a new H125 AStar to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Ft. Myers, Fla. The new H125, when completed, will increase the Lee County AStar fleet from two to three helicopters.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office performs a wide variety of missions including law enforcement patrol and searches for lost and missing persons. The agency will have a hoist installed on their new H125 in order to perform additional search and rescue missions in the coastal area around Ft. Myers. Hangar One Avionics in Carlsbad, Calif. will perform the law enforcement completion on the Lee County H125.

Lee County Sheriffs Office Astar

Lee County now operates two earlier model AStars like the one shown here..

“The power and performance of the H125 will improve our unit’s capabilities and enable us to perform additional missions as we expand our fleet,” said Michael Warner, Aviation Division Commander for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. “We have a long relationship with Airbus Helicopters, and they have given us the support we need to keep our helicopters in the air.”

Lee County recently picked up an older AStar after it underwent a 12-year inspection at Airbus Helicopters Inc.’s maintenance and repair facility in Grand Prairie. The thorough 12-year inspection, which includes new enhancements, Federal Aviation Administration mandated upgrades, and a factory paint job resets FAA maintenance cycle times.

“Florida sheriffs continue to depend on Airbus Helicopters to provide airborne support for the deputies on the ground,” said Ed Van Winkle, Senior Sales Manager for Airborne Law Enforcement for Airbus Helicopters Inc. “Lee County’s selection of the H125 AStar demonstrates the trust they have in our aircraft and our ability to support their missions.”

Airbus Helicopters’ H125/AS350-series is the helicopter-of-choice for U.S. law enforcement agencies with more than 225 in use across the country. The H125 (formerly AS350 B3e) is the latest version of Airbus Helicopters long-running AStar series of helicopters and is built at the company’s Columbus, Miss. Assembly plant. The top selling helicopter in its class, the AStar is a favorite of U.S. law enforcement agencies because of its power and maneuverability, load carrying capacity and hot-and-high performance.

The H125 features dual hydraulics, dual channel engine FADEC, 30-minute take-off power and advanced glass-panel cockpit displays. With a Turbomeca Arriel 2D engine, the H125 boasts a significant power reserve, along with unmatched tail rotor authority. The H125 is the ideal platform for a wide variety of law enforcement missions in varied operating environments.

About Airbus Helicopters Inc.

Airbus Helicopters Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Airbus Helicopters, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of the Airbus Group. Airbus Helicopters Inc. is a manufacturer, markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and parapublic helicopters offered in the U.S. The product line represents the industry’s most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters serving all markets and missions. The company’s headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, Texas with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Miss.

For more information, please contact:

Bob Cox
Airbus Helicopters Inc.
Senior Manager, Communications and Media Relations
Telephone: 972-641-3525
Cell: 972-213-2038

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