Gold Coast gets first police helicopter

Queensland Police Bell 206L LongRangerHeliwest, a helicopter company from Perth
Western Australia is providing the State of Queensland with a Bell
206 Long Ranger helicopter. The aircraft will be used on the Gold Coast,
patrolling the skies over Queensland
for the next six months and is fitted with the most modern surveillance
equipment including a camera with infra-red sensors. The crew will also have
the use of three sets of night vision goggles. The service begins on 7 November
2011 and the helicopter will be based at the Gold Coast Water Police

Photograph credit – The Sunday Mail, Brisbane

Recently Queensland
has experienced a spate of serious crimes and the state government decided that
they needed to provide a more visible police presence over the Gold Coast. This
is the first ever helicopter used by the Queensland

Queensland has provided some
funds to pay for the service, with the remainder coming from local businesses
and community. Heliwest will provide the pilots whilst Queensland will be providing the police
officers flying in the aircraft.

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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