In the Spotlight
At the end of December, 2016, at approximately 2200, a Southern California Agency’s Air Support Unit using an AeroComputers UC-6000 was requested to assist with a call regarding a commercial burglary that had just occurred. It was discovered that suspects had broken into a fitness gym that was under construction. Once the suspects gained entry they burrowed through the wall into an adjacent Verizon wireless store. Once the suspects gained entry to the Verizon store, they pried a safe open, stealing cash deposits and approximately 100 cell phones and tablets with an estimated value of $65,000.00.
The movement of the devices activated a tracking system that was sent to store representatives and relayed to police dispatch. The location information was given to the crew in the form of latitude and longitude. This was input into the AeroComputers onboard moving map system. This directed the crew to the northbound 405 freeway. Upon arrival to the location, the pilot placed the helicopter in a tactical orbit, allowing the TFO to narrow the search to four cars out of hundreds which were stopped due to traffic. The TFO relayed this information to the officers on the ground. Officers approached the vehicles and quickly determined which was the suspect vehicle, arresting the four occupants and recovering all of the stolen merchandise and cash.
The Air Crew were commended for their professionalism and expertise in locating these criminals and recovering the stolen merchandise.
Another successful mission aided by the powerful capabilities of the AeroComputers UC-6000!
Oxnard, California, USA. February 26, 2016 – AeroComputers is pleased to announce that the CNPD has selected the UC-6000 Tactical Mapping System from AeroComputers Incorporated for their recently purchased Bell 407GX patrol helicopter.
Ohio State Highway Patrol expands is fleet with the first H125 AStar helicopter produced on Airbus Helicopters’ new U.S. final assembly line and includes an AeroComputers Digital Mapping System as part of its equipment package.
The H125 is equipped with a high-tech law enforcement equipment package including a Wescam MX-10 thermal imager and Spectrolab SX-16 searchlight. Its navigation and communications system include the Garmin G500H glass cockpit and AeroComputers digital moving map system.
“With the addition of their new H125, the Ohio State Highway Patrol gains a significant increase in technology and capability for the agency,” said Ed Van Winkle, Senior Sales Manager for Airborne Law Enforcement for Airbus Helicopters Inc. “The modern mission equipment suite and additional power and safety features of the H125 will serve the OSHP well for many years to come.”
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office uses FLIR advanced imaging and AeroComputers UC-5300 digital mapping system with ViewSync3D to assist foot patrols during manhunts.
“A hundred times over it’s proven its value,” O’Shannon said. “And it continues with the technology as it advances to become a much more powerful tool for us.”
Doyle said current technology has improved safety. With the older technology, he said, pilots had to hover at about 700 feet because the equipment lacked much range.
“These helicopters are very loud, so (deputies) can’t hear what’s going on around them much less hear people talk on the radio,” he said. “With this, we can be well above 1,000 feet.”
The more modern technology also enables pilots to overlay imaging and mapping screens instead of toggling between them and risk losing sight of a suspect.
O’Shannon said he and Doyle used the technology a few months ago to help a statewide retail theft task force track a group of thieves that had been stealing millions of dollars in merchandise from a department store.
“We were a mile away and 3,000 feet in the air,” he said. “We had all of the lights off so they could faintly hear us, but they didn’t know where we were. And we watched them off-load materials and merchandise from the department store vehicles and put it into their own storage.”
Using video from the helicopter, O’Shannon said, the task force was able to arrest the thieves and get convictions.