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PAC Performs Facelift on Michigan State Police Huey


PAC International, a Metro Aviation Company, recently


completed maintenance and exterior refurbishments on the first of two Bell UH1-H aircraft for the Michigan State Police.


San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Acquires H125 for Multi-Mission Use


The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department in California has strengthened its public safety capabilities with the acquisition of two new Airbus Helicopters H125 AStars. The new aircraft are part of a long-term plan to update San Bernardino’s fleet of six AS350 B3 helicopters, an earlier model of the AStar.


“The H125 offers the versatile, multi-mission platform we need. This was the right choice for us,” San Bernardino Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Rose said. “We are excited to continue our long relationship with Airbus Helicopters.”


PAC utilized its state-of-the-art soft media blast booth to remove the majority of the aircraft’s original paint. “This aircraft had the original military CARC (Chemical Agent Resistant Coating) paint which was extremely hard to sand. This paint is used on military vehicles to make metal surfaces highly resistant to corrosion and penetration of chemical agents,” said Bryan Fisher, Paint Supervisor at PAC. Once the paint was removed, the airframe was found to be in excellent condition and free of corrosion. The end result is a superior finish that will last for many years to come.


Michigan State Police’s aviation unit works closely with all Michigan law enforcement agencies, as well as the Michigan National Guard and the United States Coast Guard air stations. The aviation unit has a fleet of aircraft based out of Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport, with satellite offices in Saginaw and Ypsilanti. Aircraft include a Beech King Air 90, Cessna 182R, Bell 206L3, Bell 407GX, and two Bell UH1-H Hueys. The unit also operates two Aeryon SkyRanger Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs). The unit also uses a downlink truck, which receives live video feeds from the helicopters or UAS, providing ground commanders with increased situational awareness of critical incidents.


San Bernardino will use the helicopters for patrol, high-altitude rescues, and fire suppression. With more than 20,100 square miles, San Bernardino County is the largest county in the United States, and the department flies about 22,000 hours each year.


“The H125 is the single most popular law enforcement helicopter in the United States. It accounts for more than one-third of deliveries over the past decade,” said Treg Manning, vice president of sales and marketing for Airbus Helicopters Inc. “More than 220 H125/ AS350s are in use across the United States with 54 different law enforcement agencies.”


358 The number of rescues


performed by Helicopter Sea Combat Squadrons HSC-7 and HSC-28 as they transitioned to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.


35 The number of helicopters


for Hurricane Irma the 101st Airborne Division devoted to the first domestic storm relief effort in its history.


23,000,000


The number of annual general aviation flight hours in the U.S. Two-thirds are for business purposes.


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Sep/Oct 2017


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