Aviation support units from across Australia converged in Parramatta for a three-day helicopter tactical training course hosted by the New South Wales Police Force Aviation Support Branch (PolAir).
The tactical flight course, led by airborne law enforcement trainer Kevin Means, was aimed at improving helicopter and fixed-wing skills as well as communications with other non-airborne law enforcement units. Means has more than 12,000 flight hours as a pilot and tactical flight officer during 20 years of service with the San Diego Police Department in California.
“This course gives us an opportunity to learn from his experience and expertise to equip our officers with the techniques to best use the latest technology,” noted Superintendent Mark Noakes, PolAir Aviation Support Branch Commander. “It was also a chance to network with police air support units across Australia and improve inter-operability during high-profile events.”
PolAir’s fleet comprises one Eurocopter EC135P2+, two single-engine AS350s, one twin-engine AS350, one twin-engine Kawasaki BK117 and one fixed-wing aircraft.