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Q. How do you see at
A. The pilots have state of the art night
vision goggles that attach to the helmet.
Q. How do you track
suspects on the ground from so far up in the sky?
A. The helicopter is equipped with
Gyrocam Systems that are capable of night vision and
infrared. Infrared is capable of detecting body heat.
The system is can downlink to all of the District
Q. How high does the
helicopter usually patrol?
A. The helicopters generally patrol between 500
and 1000 feet.
Q.How fast can
the helicopter fly?
A. The Bell 407's fly about 145 mph.
The OH-06 fly about 120 mph.
Q.How long can
the helicopters stay in the air?
A. Depending on which
helicopter is flying, a pilot can stay flying 2 to 3.5 hours.
many people can the helicopter carry?
A. The Bell 407's can carry a pilot, observer,
and 5 passengers. The OH-06 can carry a pilot and two
Q. Besides the cameras
what other ways are you capable of seeing below?
A. Each helicopter is equipped with a 5
million candle power spot light.
Q. How are the
pilots able to locate stolen vehicles?
A. Each Bell Helicopter
is equipped with a LOJACK vehicle recovery system.
Q. Why does the
helicopter circle certain areas for such a long time?
A. Generally, the
helicopter and pilots are working a call, or searching the area.
Q. How does a pilot
know exactly where he is in relation to the streets?
A. The Helicopter is
equipped with system called Avalex. This
system is an electronic digital instrument that automatically
displays the helicopters position. It displays maps of the
city that label the streets. The pilot knows exactly where
he is in relation to the streets below.