San Antonio PD orders two EC120 helicopters

The San Antonio Police Department have ordered two Eurocopter EC120 helicopters as part of an upgrade of their fleet.

The department currently operates one Eurocopter AS350B3 for use in fire-fighting, search and rescue and other special missions. Both helicopters will be delivered to the San Antonio Police Department in early 2014.

“We were looking for a quality product that will support our missions to serve and protect the city’s residents,” said Sgt. David Torres of the San Antonio Police Department Blue Eagle Helicopter Unit. “We have good experience with the AS350B3 we have had since 2007. American Eurocopter has supported us very well.

“The EC120 is the ideal choice for agencies that are replacing legacy aircraft to conduct law enforcement patrol missions,” said Ed Van Winkle, American Eurocopter’s sales manager for Airborne Law Enforcement. “It offers the most modern design and advanced technology of any other aircraft in its class, featuring the Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD) and Fenestron anti-torque system.”

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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