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FCSO’s Air Support Unit receives MD 530F

1st March 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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MD Helicopters has delivered a new, custom-configured MD 530F helicopter to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO), the company announced on 26 February.

The helicopter, dubbed EAGLE 1, has entered into service with FCSO’s Air Support Unit, where it will be used for search and rescue missions, pursuit, and aerial surveillance in support of ground operations. It will also provide air support to other law enforcement agencies during emergency situations.

FCSO’s glass cockpit is fitted with the Garmin 500H EFIS flight display, Garmin GTN650H touchscreen  GPS/Navigation and communications panel, Aero Computers' UC-6000 airborne mapping system and a Garmin GTR 225 audio panel.

The aircraft is powered by the Rolls-Royce 250-C30 650shp turbine engine and also features extended landing gear, a Fargo 21-gallon auxiliary fuel tank, wire strike protection system, and Talon LC Keeperless hydraulic release cargo hook for external loads up to 2,000lbs. 

Additional mission equipment includes Hi-Viz blades, Tactical Flight Officer transmit switches, satellite phone, PA system, FLIR 380HDc, NVISB interior, 5in and 12in displays and M4 mounts.

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