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  • meat bomb
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    The newer one can also read your mind from two thousand feet, three and a half miles away but dont tell anyone ...

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  • FMolloy
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    Had a chat with a member of the ASU yesterday. He was going through the differences between the two helis, there's some slight differences in kit I won't talk about. One difference I can mention is the dog boxes in the rear of the aircraft. Now the new heli can transport the dog unit without getting hairs everywhere.

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  • easyrider
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    Originally posted by Goldie fish View Post
    272 was unveiled to the media at Garda HQ today.



    http://www.rte.ie/news/2008/0115/1ne...25937,null,230

    It only cost €5.5 million on ireland.com....

    Last Updated: 15/01/2008 13:00
    Second Garda helicopter takes to air

    The Garda Siochána Air Support Unit's second helicopter was officially unveiled today today.

    Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan officially launched the €5.5 million Eurocopter EC135 with Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy at Garda Headquarters in Dublin.......

    © 2008 ireland.com

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  • Goldie fish
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    272 was unveiled to the media at Garda HQ today.

    New garda helicopter unveiled
    2 hours ago

    The latest garda crime fighting weapon has been unveiled with the launch of the Air Support Unit's new state-of-the-art helicopter.

    The 7.5 million euro EC 135 is fitted with hi-tec equipment and will provide 24-hour support to officers involved in major crime investigations, public order incidents, traffic control and search and rescue operations.

    The Air Support Unit's three aircraft are piloted by Air Corps personnel and carry crews of special aerial-trained garda
    http://www.rte.ie/news/2008/0115/1ne...25937,null,230
    Last edited by Goldie fish; 15 January 2008, 19:41.

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  • Fouga
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    Originally posted by pmtts View Post
    this is it, I think! under a German tail registration.


    No thats one of The Air Crops CE135's, the GREEN paint should have given that away.... 272 was based over in the UK ( McAlpine i think ) for over a year in Garda colours on an Airfield, there was a pic of her like that floating around on the net..

    [Mod: So Fouga, tell me about these new fangled Air Crops we have, and their "CE"135s.....]

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  • pmtts
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    Originally posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
    Hi there
    The incidents were detailed in the UK aviation monthly magazines such as Pilot/Flyer/Today's Pilot....on one occasion, a gang attacked a helicopter with axes and sledgehammers and targeted specific points of the aircraft; ie, they had been told exactly where to aim their strikes.
    regards
    GttC
    Cheers for that GTTC

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  • GoneToTheCanner
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    Hi there
    The incidents were detailed in the UK aviation monthly magazines such as Pilot/Flyer/Today's Pilot....on one occasion, a gang attacked a helicopter with axes and sledgehammers and targeted specific points of the aircraft; ie, they had been told exactly where to aim their strikes.
    regards
    GttC

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  • Tadpole
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    Hi Goldie,
    The main reason that the Gardai do not have civiy pilots is because a lot of their operations are prohibited under current Irish legislation. The UK police operate under a completely seperate Police Air Operations Manual. Im sure it could be legalised here but its probably just easier to let the Donners do it.
    The second reason is the prohibitive cost. At least an extra half mil for pilots for ONE 24hr helicopter. Thats an extra 1 mil per year if both go 24hr to do exactly what they are doing now, the cops aint stupid.

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  • CTU
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    No I think that was one of the Air Corps EC135s (270/271)

    The GASU one probably looks like the one below except with 272 on it
    http://www.irishairpics.com/aircorps....php?q=1023708
    Last edited by CTU; 2 January 2008, 17:53.

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  • A/TEL
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    Originally posted by pmtts View Post
    this is it, I think! under a German tail registration.



    http://www.eurocopter.com/publicatio...EN&news_id=337


    Thanks for that, any pics of her since she arrived in Bal?

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  • pmtts
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    this is it, I think! under a German tail registration.



    http://www.eurocopter.com/publicatio...EN&news_id=337
    Last edited by pmtts; 1 January 2008, 20:14.

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  • A/TEL
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    Any pictures of 272???

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  • pmtts
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    Originally posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
    Bear in mind that UK police helicopters and aircraft have been attacked and damaged at their supposedly secure bases.The crims have a vested interest in having the choppers grounded, either by direct action or even by bad weather.
    regards
    GttC
    Really? When was that!. I have a vested interest in Police affiars but cannot recall any such incidents. If you have any links etc, i'd be glad to read them.

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  • GoneToTheCanner
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    Hi there
    FMs point about garda flight/crewing rosters is, naturally, a secret for obvious reasons.The maintenance is carried out by civil contractors, which is not a secret.Bear in mind that UK police helicopters and aircraft have been attacked and damaged at their supposedly secure bases.The crims have a vested interest in having the choppers grounded, either by direct action or even by bad weather.
    regards
    GttC

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  • FMolloy
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    Originally posted by golden rivet View Post
    funny you say that the programme on rte gave more info did you see it???
    I couldn't give a monkey's what was said on RTE, we're not discussing operational info & that's that.

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