Austin Police Adds Third Helicopter to Fleet

SPD AS350September 6th, 2013:

Chief Acevedo unveiled the latest addition to the APD Air Unit: a Eurocopter AS350 B3e. This is the third helicopter to be used by the Austin Police Department.

The AS350 B3e includes a number of compelling features and technologies that will benefit the department, including ergonomic cockpit, low vibration levels (ideal for equipment), and law-enforcement specific equipment.

The model is also known for its high maneuverability and suitability for high-speed pursuits.

Additional equipment to the AS350 B3e includes:

  • Bambi buckets (for fire-fighting capabilities to assist Austin Fire Department)
  • Infrared Thermal Imaging System
  • Moving Map with Zoom and GPS
  • Tracker for following or locating stolen property or vehicles
  • Gyro-stabilized binoculars
  • Simultaneous multiple channel police radio
  • Second battery kit
  • Air conditioning system
  • Cargo hook