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HANGAR TALK

LAH Trains Rwandan Police Pilots for Police Missions

The Law Enforcement Division of Los Angeles Helicopters and Akagera Aviation joined forces to train Rwandan pilots for the Kigali police department. Akagera, which recently pur-

contacted Los Angeles Helicopters to arrange for a highly qualified and skilled pilot to travel to Kigali, Rwanda and train five of their police pilots in the use of the equipment and tactics.

chased a new R44 police helicopter, initiated an Airborne Law Enforcement program for Kigali, the capitol city of Rwanda. The ship is turnkey, complete with police equip- ment including microwave downlink ability and the latest FLIR systems. David Baard, Director of Operations of Akagera Aviation

LAH police instructor, Officer Jose Barajas traveled to Kigali, Rwanda and spent 10 days working with the police pilots, manage- ment and staff at Akagera. Officer Barajas is a pilot for the El Monte Police Department in El

Monte, California. He has been an officer and pilot for over 12 years and has nearly 10,000 hours patrolling in the R44.

Mountainous terrain, 30

degree C temperatures, few maps and fewer street names are

just a few of the challenges faced by the pilots in Kigali. Despite these challenges, Barajas and the team from Akagera successfully completed the training with high standards. The inaugural flight of “Police One” flown by Barajas and Baard took off for patrol the night of January 27, 2010. “The course was exactly what I needed in terms of introduction to the work. We achieved what we needed to. The course was well prepared and presented. The theory was well organized and relevant,” said David Baard. Government officials moni-

tored the training and Barajas was asked to present an overview of the program to the Officials upon completion of the course. LAH and Akagera are currently discussing a vertical reference and long line-training program.

STARS Equips Fleet with AKV Cycle Counters

The Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) recently equipped its fleet of BK117s with AKV engine cycle counters from DART.

“Using cycle counters is a

great way for any operator to immediately improve the bot- tom line,” said Jeff Shapiro, president of DHS. “This is especially important for a non- profit group doing important work like STARS.”

“AKV engine cycle counters will help STARS realize maxi- mum operating cycle life from

its engines”, Shapiro said. AKV engine cycle counters deliver a high degree of accuracy and an optional data stream for automatic data transfer. In addition, the AKV cycle counter has the ability to track both Ng and Np cycles. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52