The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in Florida has taken delivery of a new H125 that was completed by Louisiana headquartered air medical operator and completion centre Metro Aviation. The completion was carried out in conjunction with aviation technology and wireless communications company CNC Technologies and is the first aircraft Metro has completed for the department. The new aircraft will replace one of the department's oldest aircraft, an AS350B2, that has been in the fleet since 1991.
The H125 was customised to meet the specific mission needs of the Sheriff's Office; it was outfitted with the TrakkaBeam TLX searchlight, Tyler Fast Rope system for personnel deployment and the Boost human external cargo (HEC) system. Garmin autopilot, an Aero computer mapping system and the latest Wescam MX10 were also installed.
Metro Aviation has experienced an increase in law enforcement completions over the past few years. A change that can be credited to its timely delivery, access to equipment and the overall simplicity and customer focus of the entire process.