Broward County Sheriff orders third EC135

American Eurocopter recently
announced the purchase of an EC135 helicopter by the Broward County Sheriff’s
Office (BCSO) in Florida, the third EC135 in its fleet and the fourth
Eurocopter aircraft overall.

Two of BCSO’s EC135
helicopters were built in 1999 and the third helicopter, an EC130, was built in
2003. The addition of the fourth aircraft will allow mechanics to rotate the
helicopters for maintenance and extend the life of the fleet by spreading the
total flight time between more aircraft.

“We’ve flown our aircraft
nearly 8,000 hours,” said Sgt. Dale Owens, who heads up the BCSO aviation
unit. “The new helicopter will allow BCSO to safely stay on top of police and
medical emergencies in Broward
County, and we will not
have to hire new pilots or mechanics to do it.”

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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