Airbus Helicopters sells new H145 to Suffolk County police
July 16, 2015 By Airbus Helicopters
Airbus Helicopters Inc. has announced the delivery of a second H145 helicopter to the Suffolk County Police Department (Long Island, N.Y.). The new H145 (previously EC145) has joined the department’s existing fleet of one H145 and two AS350 B2s, and will replace an older AS350 B2 AStar.
The Suffolk County H145s primarily conduct medical evacuation missions across Long Island. They are also equipped to perform law enforcement missions with a thermal imager, searchlight and moving map system. The AS350 B2s primarily conduct calls for law enforcement services and are back-up aircraft for air medical transport missions. The Suffolk County Police Department’s Aviation Section performs a wide variety of missions including law enforcement, medical evacuation, inter-hospital transport and search and rescue.
“We are excited to have our second H145 in-service for our air medical and law enforcement missions to support the citizens of Suffolk County,” said Sgt. Brian Barrett, commanding officer of SCPD’s Aviation Section. “The second H145 gives us the flexibility to have an H145 and an AS350 B2 operating at each of our two bases on Long Island. Airbus Helicopters Inc. continues to provide excellent support, and we look forward to continuing our long partnership with them.”
“The decision to deploy an additional H145 by Suffolk County PD demonstrates the multi-mission capabilities of the Airbus Helicopters light twin-engine helicopter family,” said Ed Van Winkle, Sales Manager for Airborne Law Enforcement for Airbus Helicopters Inc. “Numerous law enforcement agencies rely on Airbus Helicopters H145 and H135 twins to perform a wide variety of complex missions. Having an H145 and an AS350 B2 AStar at each base gives Suffolk County PD unparalleled flexibility in providing the right tool for the job.”
The combination of performance and speed, high-set main and tail rotors, and clamshell rear doors make the H145 a top choice for many law enforcement and air medical service operators in the United States. Powered by two Turbomeca ARRIEL 1D1 engines, the H145 offers low maintenance requirements, which increase aircraft availability while keeping operating costs low.