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NSW Police aviation branch adds two aircraft

written by australianaviation.com.au | December 1, 2014
A NSW Police helicopter PolAir 5. (NSW Police)
PolAir 5. (NSW Police)

NSW Police has added a Bell 412EPI and a Cessna Grand Caravan EX to its aviation support branch.

Named PolAir 5 and PolAir 7, the pair was inducted into service at Bankstown Airport on Sunday, boosting the aviation support branch’s fleet to five helicopters and two fixed-wing aircraft.

It was the largest fleet of police aircraft in Australia, NSW Police said.

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“PolAir plays a very important role in law enforcement in NSW and I am very pleased to welcome these new aircraft and their capabilities into the NSW Police Force,” NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said in a statement.

“The support they provide during search and rescue missions, major crime investigations and counter terrorism operations is invaluable.

“While PolAir 5 and PolAir 7 both have unique capabilities that will prove very useful during specific operations, they also serve a general purpose as a highly visible presence to deter and detect offences and ultimately support a safe NSW.”

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione at the induction ceremony for PolAir 5 and PolAir 7. (NSW Police)
NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione at the induction ceremony for PolAir 5 and PolAir 7. (NSW Police)

PolAir 5, the first Bell 412 EPI in Australia, had a cruise speed of about 120kt, digital touch-screen navigation capabilities and an auto hover autopilot feature for winch rescues, NSW Police said.

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Meanwhile PolAir 7 was designed to cruise at 185kt, had a range of more than 750nm and a digital glass cockpit.

A NSW Police turboprop, PolAir 7 (NSW Police)
PolAir 7 (NSW Police)

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NSW Police aviation branch adds two aircraft Comment

  • David Fix

    says:

    I do like them both congrats NSW police on your latest purchases.

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