Beijing has formed a helicopter police team to fly security patrols during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. "The pilot team has been organized and we are working on an air patrol mechanism," Qiang Wei, deputy chief of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China, told the Xinhua news service. The pilots will carry out drills as soon as the helicopters are delivered in the second half of this year, that official said.
The municipal government is acquiring four A109s from AgustaWestland and its joint venture in China's Jiangxi Province. The crew members reportedly have been selected from the air force and some college graduates after a six-month training course. For related news