Austin receives third police helicopter

Eurocopter delivers a brand new police helicopter to Austin, Texas.
Austin Police Department alreadt operates two helicopter.

Another police helicopter operated by APD.

The police department in Austin has added a third helicopter to its fleet after accepting delivery of  a new $3.75 million AS350 B3e from Eurocopter.

The new police helicopter was completed by Metro Aviation at the company’s completion facility in Shreveport, Louisiana.

“We had a great collaboration with Metro Aviation completing our most recent helicopter purchase and we are very happy with the result,” said Sgt. Ben Dranguet with the Austin Police Department Air Support Unit.

The new helicopter has an infrared thermal imaging system, gyro-stabilized binoculars, multiple channel police radio and Spectrolab SX-16 Nightsun. The new Air One will also be used to fight fires with a Bambi Bucket.

Dranguet added: “This project is the culmination of Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo’s vision to bring front-line, multi-mission, public safety aircraft to central Texas providing direct support to the Austin Police Department, the Austin Fire Department and Austin-Travis County EMS.”

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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