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ALEA E-Newsletter : 2016-March

  

March 2016 Airborne Law Enforcement Association, Inc.
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In This Issue:

ALEA Shares Safety Commitment; Exhibits at HELI-EXPO 2016

Community Pays Tribute to Tulare Aviation Officers Killed in Plane Crash

Officer Who Shot Man Firing at Police Chopper Cleared

Two Dead in German Police Helicopter Crash

Dallas Man Imprisoned 13 Months for Pointing Laser at Helicopter

Fresno County Sheriff's Pilot Reports Near Miss with UAS

ALEA Members Honored During HAI's Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner

Utah Department of Public Safety Orders New H125

ALEA Now Accepting 2016 Award Nominations & Scholarship Applications

Carson City Sheriff's Office Aero Squadron Celebrates 50th Year

Pennsylvania Police Helicopter to Stay at Least One Year

Fairfax Helicopter Crew Finds Missing Girl with NVGs

Brevard Helicopter Assists in Capture of Fleeing Felon

Arizonia Sheriff Pleads for No Laser Strikes

Tennessee Unit to Employ UAS

Colombia National Police Contracts for Tactical Map System

University Offers Free Human Factors Course for Aviators

Indonesian National Police to Buy Two Bell 429s

Utah Law Would Allow Force Against UAS

San Bernardino Contracts for 12-Year Inspections

Tampa Police Department Purchases New Digital Audio Systems

Ohio Agencies Explore UAS Programs

U.K. Man Gets Five Months for Laser Strike

Did You Know?

Participate in ALEA's Online Meeting Groups

Maryland State Police Contracts for Maintenance

Police Helicopter Crash in Africa Back Under Review

U,K,'s Cambridgeshire Police Launch UAS Program

Australian Teens Arrested for Pointing Laser at Police Helicopter

Enter Air Beat Magazine's Photo Contest; Win ipad with SMS!

ALEA Welcomes New Members

Northeast Region Safety Seminar Coming to Albany Next Month

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ALEA Shares Safety Commitment; Exhibits at HELI-EXPO 2016

ALEA Shares

The Helicopter Association International’s 67th annual convention took place March 1-3 in Louisville, KY. Attendees of HAI’s HELI-EXPO got the opportunity to see 58 aircraft on display as well as a myriad of products and services offered by the exhibiting manufacturers, suppliers and industry groups, including several UAS and at least one fixed-wing provider.

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) was formed in 2005 to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to address factors that were affecting an unacceptable helicopter accident rate, and their initiatives have made a significant impact. The IHST held a public signing ceremony on March 1 to re-charter the partnership and re-commit to improving the safety of civil helicopter operations. ALEA’s Executive Director/CEO Dan Schwarzbach represented our Association in this reaffirmation of IHST’s goals.

ALEA Shares 2Sharing the benefits of public safety aviation as well as ALEA's training, networking, advocacy and educational programs with attendees visiting the ALEA booth were Executive Director/CEO Dan Schwarzbach, President Steve Roussell, Secretary Dan Cunningham, Training Program Manager Don Roby, Operations Manager Benay Osborne, Safety Program Manager Bryan Smith and Aeromedical Liaison Dudley Crosson. Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission President Jim Di Giovanna was also on hand to promoting the benefits of accreditation.

“HELI-EXPO, being the premier helicopter event in the world, provides great exposure for ALEA. We have exhibited annually for at least 25 years, and during that time ALEA and HAI have developed a strong partnership,” said ALEA Executive Director/CEO Dan Schwarzbach. “ALEA members have taken an active role in HAI committees, educational programs and oversight to the benefit of our members and public safety aviation worldwide. Being chosen as one the signatory participants during the re-chartering of the IHST at HELI-EXPO 2016 is just one example of the mutually beneficial relationship forged between the two associations,” he continued.

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Community Pays Tribute to Tulare Aviation Officers Killed in Plane Crash

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Pilot James Chavez, 45, and TFO Scott Ballantyne, 52, of the Tulare County (CA) Sheriff’s Department crashed into the side of a mountain in mid-February, just after assisting on an arrest. The men, both ALEA members, were operating the department’s Flight Design CTLE fixed-wing aircraft when the incident occurred.

“There was no distress signal, and the plane’s parachute was not deployed," the sheriff's department said in a statement. The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing. Investigators said it could be weeks, if not months, before they come to a conclusion.

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux described Chavez as "a fantastic pilot" who was a veteran of the California Army Reserve National Guard. The married father of two had spent more than two years flying for the Sheriff's Office. “James was a civilian pilot, but I’ve got to tell you, for the men and women of the department, he was a deputy sheriff,” Boudreaux said.

“We are at a great loss. It’s a tragedy. Truly tragic,” said retired-Capt. David Williams, who oversees the TCSO aero squadron. “These were humble, giving men.”

ALEA Executive Director/CEO Dan Schwarzbachexpressed the Association’s sympathies for the loss of the airborne law enforcement crewmembers. A moment of silence was held for the men at a law enforcement conference in Washington, D.C., and at the World Ag Expo in Tulare. Their names will also be added to the Peace Officers Memorial in Visalia.

SOURCE: www.nbcnews.com

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Officer Who Shot Man Firing at Police Chopper Cleared

Officer Who ShotThe Austin Police Department SWAT sniper who shot and killed a man after he fired on a police helicopter won’t face any charges, a grand jury decided in late February. Austin police officer Luke Serrato killed the 27-year-old man on Feb. 8, 2015, an hour and a half after police responded to reports of shots fired. Video showed the man firing at Austin Police Department Air Support Unit’s Air 1 helicopter.

People close to the case are still unclear on the man’s motive when he fired on the helicopter. The Austin Police helicopter crew has been praised for bravery in its decision to draw the man’s fire, circling above as Serrato and other SWAT members moved in. Several of the man’s shots hit the aircraft, chipping its paint and creating small dents on its rotor. The helicopter’s pilot, ALEA’s Central Region Director Ryan Miller, and TFO, Corporal Wuthipong Tantaksinanukij, gave updates on the man’s position to ground officers while constantly altering their speed and altitude.

SOURCE: www.statesman.com

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Two Dead in German Police Helicopter Crash

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Two crewmembers on a German Police helicopter died when their aircraft crashed on Feb. 25. A third man was hospitalized with serious injuries. The three crewmembers were the only occupants of the Eurocopter 135, which went down outside Bimoehlen, about 30 miles north of Hamburg. The helicopter crashed 65 feet from a road and a few hundred yards from a soccer field, which was in use at the time. It is unclear the cause of the crash.

SOURCE: www.report.az

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Dallas Man Imprisoned 13 Months for Pointing Laser at Helicopter

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A Dallas man was sentenced to federal prison for pointing a laser at a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter in mid-February. The 37-year-old was sentenced to 13 months after his guilty plea in November 2015 for aiming the laser pointer at the helicopter as it flew over his driveway.

Aviation expert Denny Kelly said the sentence was light. “If you shine a laser in the cockpit of a plane that is low to the ground, and get that laser in the pilot’s eyes, he could theoretically lose control of the plane,” he said. “I think 13 months in prison is not enough time. I think if you point a laser at an airplane you should do three to five years. Period.”

SOURCE: www.dfw.cbslocal.com

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Fresno County Sheriff’s Pilot Reports Near Miss with UAS

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The aircrew of a Fresno County (CA) Sheriff’s Office helicopter reported a near miss with an unmanned aircraft system on Feb. 3. The incident took place as the unit’s Eagle 1 was at an altitude of 550 feet. The pilot initially thought the aircraft was a large bird. He was able to swerve to miss the UAS as it flew about 20 feet over the top of the helicopter.

A Fresno County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said the pilot took the helicopter to an altitude of about 1,500 feet and circled the area in search of the operator. Reyes located the man, landed the helicopter in a large field nearby and called for assistance from a ground unit. The unregistered UAS was flying above a 400-foot limit for such aircraft, and officers said the operator’s information was turned over to the FAA for further investigation.

SOURCE: www.fresnobee.com

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ALEA Members Honored During HAI’s Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner 

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Michigan State Police Lieutenant Pat Lawrence was awarded this year’s MD Helicopters Law Enforcement Award at Helicopter Association International’s Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner on March 2. Lawrence’s advocacy, service and compassion were cited as just three attributes that earned him the award.

Lawrence enlisted with the Michigan State Police in 1994 and transferred to the Aviation Unit in 1999. In 2008, he was made Chief Pilot and Commander of the unit. His leadership was instrumental in rebuilding the Aviation Unit after the economic downturn, when the unit dropped from five helicopters and three airplanes to two helicopters and three pilots. Lawrence spearheaded hiring two new pilots in 2014, establishing a tactical flight officer training program and successfully lobbying for the purchase of a third law enforcement helicopter. He played an active role in the department’s purchase of an unmanned aircraft system and receiving FAA authorization to operate it. Lt. Lawrence is ALEA’s Midwest Region Deputy Region Director.

Longtime ALEA member and instructor Dana Kerrick received the Bell Lifetime Achievement Award during the Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner. Kerrick is recognized throughout the aviation industry as one of the foremost experts in rotor blade maintenance. He has written extensively for maintenance and aviation publications and blogs, and his course on rotor blade preventive maintenance has been part of the HELI-EXPO Rotor Safety Challenge since its inception.

During his 56-year career, Kerrick served the aviation industry in the military, civilian and law enforcement arenas. He’s been a maintenance specialist, civilian and law enforcement pilot, flight instructor, air-taxi operator, innovator in helicopter rotor blade composites and helicopter inspection authorization (IA) course instructor before retiring as vice president and cofounder of International Aviation Composites (IAC).

Congratulations to ALEA members Lt. Pat Lawrence and Dana Kerrick for their respective honors.

SOURCE: www.ainonline.com 

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Utah Department of Public Safety Orders New H125

Utah Department

The Utah Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol in late February placed an order for an Airbus Helicopters H125 AStar. The department already operates an AS350 B2. The new aircraft will be used to conduct a wide variety of law enforcement, search and rescue and utility-type missions in Utah. Completion of the new H125 will be by Hangar One Avionics and is expected to be in service by this summer.

“We chose to standardize on the H125 three years ago due to its enhanced performance, safety features and versatility,” said Captain Luke Bowman, commander and chief pilot for the unit. “The H125 is a solid and reliable high-altitude performer, and its wide cabin, flat floor and modified dual sliding doors make it easy for us to load and unload people and equipment.”

SOURCE: Airbus Helicopters

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ALEA Now Accepting 2016 Award Nominations & Scholarship Applications 

ALEA Now AcceptimgFor over 40 years, the Airborne Law Enforcement Association has encouraged the highest standards of professionalism in public safety aviation by acknowledging outstanding performance within our specialized industry. We recognize excellence by our members, their children and others whose actions have had a positive impact on our profession through awards, scholarships and citations.

ALEA is now accepting award nominations and scholarship applications for 2016. The submission deadline is May 1. Scholarship recipients and award winners will be announced during ALEA EXPO 2016 in Savannah, GA. The scholarships will be presented during the General Membership Meeting July 21, and the awards will be presented during the Awards Reception on July 22. For full details and to submit nominations and applications, visit http://alea.org/recognition/awards-scholarships-summary.

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Carson City Sheriff's Office Aero Squadron Celebrates 50th Year

Carson City

The Carson City (NV) Sheriff’s Office Aero Squadron celebrated its 50th anniversary last month with a banquet at the Governor’s Mansion. The Aero Squadron is a group of community volunteers who donate their time, personal aircraft and piloting skills to assist the Sheriff’s Office with some tasks ranging from aerial search and rescue missions to extraditable prisoner transports.

Sheriff Bob Humphrey, who also was Carson City’s only flying sheriff, started the Squadron in 1966. Nearly 100 people were present at the 50 years of service celebration to honor the men who had flown as part of the group. “These guys are crazy,” Sheriff Ken Furlong said jokingly. “We are very proud of them, they are a great group of folks because they will do what no one else will do and it has always been this way.”

The Aero Squadron has only had 83 members, with several of its members staying with the organization for 20 or 40 years. In the past 50 years, the group has dedicated 25,000 volunteer hours, flew 347 air missions and logged 759 flight hours. The organization currently has 18 active members and 12 aircraft. The last living founding members, Ron Lott and Chuck Saulisberry, were present at the banquet and honored with a Lifetime Member Award.

At the banquet, Mayor Bob Crowell gave a proclamation from the city to commend and thank the organization for its 50 years of service. “I wanted to say thank you on behalf of a grateful community,” Crowell said. “The services of the Aero Squadron aren’t recognized until there’s an accident or incident and that’s what you have been doing for 50 years so we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

Source: www.nevadaappeal.com 

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Pennsylvania Police Helicopter to Stay at Least One Year

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The city council of Hazleton, PA, in mid-February approved an amended lease agreement with the State Department of General Services that will keep a Pennsylvania State Police Aviation Unit at Hazleton Regional Airport through May 2017. The helicopter has been stationed at Hazleton for more than 40 years. A hangar lease that will move the unit to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton airport was approved in January.

“State police have an option to renew as needed until their [new] hangar is finished,” said Dominic Yannuzzi, an engineer who helped broker the lease extension for the city. Councilmembers in Hazleton approved the lease extension about a week after a bi-county airport board approved the lease that will eventually move the unit.

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Fairfax Helicopter Crew Finds Missing Girl With NVGs

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When a girl went missing in early February, the Fairfax County (VA) Police Helicopter Division used night vision technology to save her life. Police say the 17-year-old girl with a medical condition was lost near a lake when Fairfax 1 Pilot Mike Mountjoy and flight officers Tammy Russell and Eric Acevedo responded and noticed an out-of-place heat source. An officer on the ground, who was close to the teenager but could not find her, was directed to her location. Seconds later, the teenager was discovered in the frigid water and pulled to safety with non-life threatening injuries.

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Brevard Helicopter Assists in Capture of Fleeing Felon

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The Brevard County (FL) Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Aviation Unit, along with deputies from the BCSO West Precinct and members of the Cocoa Police Department, apprehended a 22-year-old man operating a stolen vehicle on Feb. 14. The man was wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary of a conveyance while armed, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and various other drug related charges. According to Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, the BCSO Aviation Unit initiated surveillance and observed the vehicle as it traveled west, even as ground pursuit was disrupted.

The driver eventually lost control of his vehicle, exited and fled on foot, at which time he was apprehended by ground forces and arrested on numerous charges. See video of the pursuit here: www.spacecoastdaily.com/2016/02/video-brevard-sheriffs-aviation-unit-cocoa-police-apprehend-fleeing-felony-suspect.

SOURCE: www.spacecoastdaily.com  

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Arizona Sheriff Pleads for No Laser Strikes

Arizonia Sheriff

The Maricopa County (AZ) Sheriff's Office (MCSO) has issued a plea for citizens not to shine laser lights at police helicopters, citing the danger posed to crewmembers. “There is a possibility that I could be blinded for 30 seconds or a minute,” MCSO Pilot Steve Glennie said.

Pilots with MCSO say they've experienced close calls, and they are serious about finding the source of the light when a strike occurs. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, commonly known as “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” said lasers are just as dangerous as any other weapon.

SOURCE: www.abc15.com

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Tennessee Unit to Employ UAS

Tennessee UnitThe Crossville (TN) Police Department will soon use new unmanned aircraft systems for search and rescue, car crashes and possibly SWAT situations, according to Detective Donnie Hammons. “We'll be able to see a bird's eye view of what wouldtake hours to figure out on the ground,” he said.

Hammons said the aircraft, which by law can't fly higher than 400 feet, would be outfitted with high definition cameras. “It's neat to be on the front end,” he said. “I'm hoping that we can help other departments with the same technology. Maybe we can work out the bumps and smooth things out for other people.”

SOURCE: www.local8now.com

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Colombia National Police Contracts for Tactical Map System

Colombia National

The Columbia National Police Department has selected the UC-6000 Tactical Mapping System from AeroComputers Incorporated for their recently purchased Bell 407GX patrol helicopter. Featuring the AeroComputers UltiChart combined with UC3D video overlay and a digital video recorder, the UC-6000 features improved targeting with smart search. AeroComputers’ digital mission management and tactical mapping systems are used in the field by more than 250 agencies worldwide. AeroComputers products are distributed in Colombia by TRACE Worldwide Corporation.

SOURCE: TRACE Worldwide Corporation

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University Offers Free Human Factors Course for AviatorsUniversity Offers

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is offering a free online course that’s available for ALEA members, “The Human Factor in Aviation,” from March 21 to April 17. The course, which will require a two-hour per week commitment, will explore how accidents are caused by crewmembers’ psychological or physiological states, such as pilot fatigue, loss of situational awareness or maintenance issues. The course will emphasize human performance, the benefits of training, advanced technology, automation and situational awareness with the goal of enhancing safety throughout the aviation environment.

Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to define human factors, identify relevant areas of application of human factors in aviation and other industries, and gain an appreciation of the importance of the human component and the human systems approach to aviation and aviation safety. Dr. Dennis Vincenzi, who received his doctoral degree in 1998 from the University of Central Florida in human factors psychology and has more than 18 years of experience as a human factors researcher, will instruct the course. Registration is available at www.canvas.net/browse/erau/courses/human-factor-in-aviation.

SOURCE: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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Indonesian National Police to Buy Two Bell 429s 

Indonesian National

The Indonesian National Police have signed a purchase agreement for two Bell 429s. The aircraft were purchased from Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, and the agreement was announced at the Singapore Airshow during a formal signing ceremony.

With seating for seven passengers and one pilot, the Bell 429 is an advanced light twin helicopter offering a fully integrated glass cockpit with advanced drive system and best-in-class SBAS/WAAS navigation and IFR capability. Additional safety features include a collective mounted throttle, damage tolerant hub and rotor system and energy attenuating seats. It is the first helicopter certified through the MSG-3 process, which is intended to reduce maintenance costs.

SOURCE: Bell Helicopter  

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Utah Law Would Allow Force Against UASUtah Law

A bill drafted by Utah lawmakers would allow law enforcement to forcibly remove recreational unmanned aircraft systems from the sky if they are in the way of emergency response units. Utah is not the first state to propose such a law, according to the National Center for State Legislatures.

State Senator Wayne Harper proposed the bill, which says law enforcement would be able to "neutralize" drones, which could include shooting them, jamming their signals or convincing their operators to move them. A vote on the bill has been postponed for now. Whether the bill has a chance to pass remains to be seen, according to state legislature insiders.

SOURCE: www.ctvnews.ca 

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San Bernardino Contracts for 12-Year inspections

San Bernardino

The San Bernardino County (CA) Sheriff’s Department has contracted for 12-year inspections on its three Airbus Helicopters AS350 B3 AStars. Vector Aerospace will conduct the inspections at its facilities in Langley, Canada, over the next two years. In addition to the AS350 B3 airframe inspections and subsequent aircraft repainting, Vector will also overhaul two Turbomeca Arriel 2B1 turboshaft engines for the department at its facility in Richmond, BC, Canada.

Vector is in the process of completing a new 88,000-square-foot facility in Langley, which will incorporate new avionics and structures shops, plus 65,000 square feet of hangar space. The building, which will also feature expanded engineering and STC development capabilities as well as a modernized paint facility, will be formally opened during the first half of 2016.

SOURCE: www.rotor.org

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Tampa Police Department Purchases New Digital Audio Systems 

Tampa Police

The Tampa (FL) Police Department has announced it will install a new digital audio system into its aircraft fleet. The department has selected the Becker DVCS Digital Audio System, which provides access to eight communication channels (expandable up to 16), eight navigation channels and remote capability for to up to six pilots/operators and 12 passengers.

The Tampa Police Department Air Support Unit began airborne law enforcement operations in 1969 with the purchase of two Hughes 300 helicopters and a Piper Cub. Originally, three people were assigned to the operation. The unit has grown to 12 full-time officers and a full-time maintenance staff and administrative team. The unit provides 24/7 support to the City of Tampa and mutual aid response to surrounding agencies.

SOURCE: www.rotor.org

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Ohio Agencies Explore UAS Programs

Ohio AgenciesLaw enforcement departments across the state of Ohio took in a lecture in late February on how to launch unmanned aircraft systems by Donald Shinnamon of Canada-based Aeryon Labs Inc. Shinnamon, who has nearly four decades of experience in law enforcement, crafted recommendations for UAS programs while overseeing the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s Aviation Committee.

During the lecture, Shinnamon coached Ohio fire and police department personnel on ways to launch UAS programs in their communities. "The applications for public safety are tremendous," he said. Shinnamon specifically pointed to UAS’s ability to clear traffic crashes sooner, fight fires and search for missing persons.

SOURCE: www.abc6onyourside.com

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U.K. Man Gets Five Months for Laser Strike 

UK Man GetsA 25-year-old U.K. man was jailed in mid-February for five months for shining a laser pen at a police helicopter. The man said he wanted to see how far the laser would go, but the judge said he thought the matter was far more serious. "It is only a matter of time before a tragedy is caused by this type of behavior,” the court said. The perpetrator said he bought the laser pen from a website in China and used it to entertain his dog on the beach. The man shone the laser at Humberside Police’s Oscar 99 while police searched for ashooting suspect.

SOURCE: www.hulldailymail.co.uk

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Did You Know

Did you know that ALEA has a reduced membership rate for seniors? Since approval by the Board of Directors in January 2015, ALEA has offered a $10 reduction in the membership fees of those individual members 62 years of age and older. This rate reduction will be effective upon membership renewal following your 62nd birthday. Proof of age is required. To take advantage of this offer, contact Diana Crabbs (dcrabbs@alea.org; 301-631-2406) at the ALEA offices.

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Participate in ALEA’s Online Meeting Groups 

ALEA Online MeetingALEA will be hosting online meetings for those involved in, or interested in, aviation maintenance and/or UAS operations. The online workgroups will be similar to the safety officer group that has been meeting online for over a year.

It will be a chance for ALEA members to get together and discuss issues they are working with, lessons learned, news, and share ideas. The safety officer group has proven to be very useful for those involved. We are looking forward to extending this concept to our maintenance and UAS professionals. Please email safety@alea.org if you're interested in participating in any of these groups.

SOURCE: www.hulldailymail.co.uk

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Maryland State Police Contracts for Maintenance

Maryland State Police

Maryland State Police (MSP) Aviation Command has contracted for back-to-back four-year inspections for its fleet of AW139s. One aircraft recently underwent the inspection, and work has begun on the next aircraft. MAG, Inc. performed the first four-year inspection for MSP in five weeks at its Northeast Philadelphia Airport facility. MAG is an FAA Part 145 repair station and AgustaWestland Service Center for the A109E/S, AW109SP, A119/AW119MKII and AB/AW139.

SOURCE: www.verticalmag.com

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Police Helicopter Crash in Africa Back Under Review

Police Helicopter Crash

The families of the three police officers who died in a helicopter crash in Botswana two years ago sought details about the incident last summer, and a judge is currently reviewing the case to determine if a full report should be issued. The families of the deceased approached the courts in response to a 94-word report on the crash on Dec. 17, 2014: “The investigations have been completed, and we have reached a conclusion that there is a high possibility that the accident was caused by spatial disorientation of the crew as a result of flying at night in unstable weather conditions (low clouds).”

The families have demanded police provide all statements taken by the accident investigators. They also stated they wanted “all cockpit voice recording and transcripts from such recording of AS350 Eurocopter bearing call sign BPS-02 from April 20, 2014, to the date of the accident” and meteorological records. In their statement, they indicated they suspect police negligence.

SOURCE: www.mmegi.bw

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U.K.’s Cambridgeshire Police Launch UAS Program

UK Cambridgeshire

The Cambridgeshire Constabulary has confirmed it is testing unmanned aircraft systems and has plans to expand its fleet. The trials, using inexpensive 3DR quadcopters, are being carried out with Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Police Departments. The devices could be used for road crash investigations, to provide perspective during armed standoffs, airport security, missing persons searches and the exterior building surveillance.

Concerns have been raised the UAS will negatively impact privacy. "Police forces across the country have recognized that drones have the potential to be useful,” Daniel Nesbitt, research director of privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch, said. “It's now important that they understand exactly how before a mass deployment takes place.”

A police spokeswoman said, "Police in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire are in the early stages of a joint trial of drone technology…and a decision on their long-term use will be made later in the year. They would be used to assist with all types of policing operations.”

SOURCE: www.cambridge-news.co.uk

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Australian Teens Arrested for Pointing Laser at Police Helicopter

Australian Teens

Two Australian teenagers were arrested for pointing a green laser light at a Western Australia Police Air Wing helicopter in early February. After being struck with the light, officers onboard saw two people running into sand dunes and directed ground police to find them. An 18-year-old male and 17-year-old female hiding in the dunes were arrested and taken into custody. The girl was released without charge. The man was released and will be summonsed for “one count of causing fear with a laser or light to people in a conveyance.”

SOURCE: www.perthnow.com.au

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Enter Air Beat Magazine’s Photo Contest; Win iPad with SMS!Enter Air Beat

Enter your best photos in Air Beat magazine’s 2016 Photo Contest to win an iPad Air2 and a one-year ARGUS Prism Professional SMS subscription. The iPad Air2 includes 64 GB of memory and the PRISM SMS subscription would be accessible to not only the contest winner, but also the winner’s entire unit from any mobile device or computer. All unit personnel would have access to the PRISM SMS website to help implement and sustain their SMS, as well as easy-to-use FRATs, GRATS and hazard reporting tools. 

To satisfy the contest requirements, the photographer must be an ALEA member in good standing, and the photos must have a public safety aviation element (aircraft, crew, mission, training, etc.) and include a caption. The contest ends June 15, and entries are being accepted at www.airbeatmagazine.com. The more photos you submit, the greater your chances of winning. This grand prize benefits the winner’s entire organization and can help significantly enhance safety.

The iPad Air2 and ARGUS subscription will be awarded on July 21 during the General Membership Meeting at ALEA EXPO 2016 in Savannah, GA. The winner is not required to be present. 

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ALEA Welcomes New Members

ALEA would like to welcome the following corporate and individual members who joined during February 2016:

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Corporate Members

CNC Technologies, LLC

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North Point Avation

Olaeris

PerriQuest

RJ Corman Aircraft Maintenance

 

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Individual Members 

Louis Acosta, Spokane County (WA) Sheriff's Office
Charles Scott Bonner, Sumter County (SC) Sheriff's Office
Gary Boudreau, Oakland County (MI) Sheriff Office
Andrew Brown, FLIR Systems, Inc.
Raymond Cogburn, Altamonte Springs Police Department
Eddie Contreras, Fontana (CA) Police Department Air Support Unit
Brent Crossley, Texas Department of Public Safety
Robert Davis, San Joaquin County (CA) Sheriff's Department
John Dennis, San Mateo County (CA) Sheriffs Office
Christian Eriksen, Lee County (FL) Sheriff's Office Aviation Division
Travis Fanciullo, Spokane County (WA) Sheriff's Office
David Ferguson, PHASTAR Corporation
Steven Halpern, Virginia Beach (VA) Police Department
Frankie Hammonds, St. Augustine Beach (FL) Police Department
Antonio Hernandez, New York City (NY) Police Department
Igor Hrastnik, Police Department Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Eliot Latchaw, Baltimore County (MD) Police Department Aviation Unit
William McNease, Jefferson County (AL) Sheriff's Office
Andrew Muench, OxFord (AL) Police Department
Tom Murphy, Palm Beach County (FL) Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit

Alberto Riestra, Milwaukee (WI) Police Department
Erika Rodriguez, Los Angeles Police Department Air Support Divisio
Gary Scott, US Department of State Air Wing
Bryan Spicer, Baltimore County (MD) Police Department Aviation Unit
Zackery Tutten, Lincoln (AL) Police Department
Richard Vogel, Montgomery County (TX) Sheriff's Office
Jeffery Wedman, Edmonton (AB, Canada) Police Service Flight Operations Unit
Kenneth Zemel, San Francisco (CA) Sheriff's Department

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Northeast Region Safety Seminar Coming to Albany Next Month

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The 2016 Northeast Region Safety Seminar will be held from April 26 to 28 in Albany. Online registration is open. Hosted by the New York State Police Aviation Unit, the seminar is offered free of charge for all active ALEA members and will cover a range of topics through training classes and roundtable discussions. The event will be held at the Radisson Albany Hotel.

The deadline for the group hotel rate is April 12, 2016. Register today and don’t miss out on this event, which will also feature the latest aviation products and technology in a mini-tradeshow. Visit http://alea.org/2016-northeast-region-safety-seminar-albany-ny for more information, or contact Region Director Dave McVey, Baltimore County (MD) Police Department Aviation, at dmcvey@alea.org.

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This newsletter is published monthly by the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA), a public benefit, non-profit California corporation. The ALEA is comprised of air crew and air support personnel in law enforcement and others who support, promote, and advance the safe and effective use of aircraft by law enforcement agencies.

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