Air Pictorial 1992-03
M.Ashley - The Day of the "Copper Chopper"
The clandestine BN-2A-26 Islander PAS "Yankee" in the Police Aviation Services' hangar at Staverton. The Islander's role is classified.
The rapidly expanding role of police aviation is dominated by two principal types of helicopter, both produced by the Eurocopter combine: the Deutsche Aerospace (MBB) BO-105 and the Aerospatiale AS.355F Twin Squirrel.
Royal Marines Falklands veteran, Capt Richard Brocklehurst, pilot, and Sergeant John Galbally, observer, discuss the approach route across the water-meadows, with PAS “Bravo" at rest on the landing site beside Salisbury Cathedral.
Sergeant John Galbally, PAS "Bravo's” observer, prepares to photograph an approach route across the Salisbury water-meadows for the Wiltshire ASU helicopter to use, when air-lifting casualties to one of the city's hospitals. The landing site is visible between the door frame and beyond the trees to the left of the Cathedral.
The cabin lay-out of PAS “Bravo". The unique tac/comms unit, adapted specifically for police and EMS operations, is situated between the pilot's and observer's seats. The large black case contains essential equipment such as stabilised binoculars, hand-held radios and cameras. It also provides a useful front paw rest for police dogs sat on the back seat!
The bulged window of Observer 1's position in the Bell 222 clearly illustrates how far the police officer can lean safely out to look directly down below the helicopter.
The Metropolitan Police Force's crest at the top of a Bell 222 fin.
G-BOOV in the static park at Farnborough 1988.
Police Aviation Services maintenance staff at work on Northumbria Police Authority's AS.355F-1 Twin Squirrel PAS "Foxtrot", in the company's hangar.