“We are very proud to offer our 24/7 support to ASTREA. The critical role they play in various lifesaving missions requires lightening quick response time. In addition to their highly skilled maintenance team, we strive to do everything we can to help ensure they experience little to no down time,” commented Wes Semeniuk, Customer Support Manager.
These completions included avionics packages and NVIS modifications; as well as ASTREA’s Bell 407 project completion. “We have been working closely with ASTREA to recommend mission-specific Avionics packages to suit their requirements. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Team,” said Luba Jovicic, Customer Support - Avionics Lead.
Ozark Aeroworks, Eagle’s engine partner in the USA – Springfield, Missouri, has played a big part in supporting ASTREA’s operations throughout the years. Ozark Aeroworks is a T53 engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility with extensive knowledge and in-house capabilities. They are extremely customer focused directly resulting in industry leading quality, price, and fast turnaround times.
San Diego County Sheriff's Department is a law enforcement agency that has an aviation unit providing aerial support commonly known as ASTREA. ASTREA was established in 1971 by the late sheriff John Duffy. The unit started operating three Bell 47 helicopters purchased with a federal grant. Over the past 48 years, ASTREA has evolved into professional airborne law enforcement and fire rescue unit, highly respected throughout the country.
ASTREA, operates a fleet of nine helicopters. Of the nine helicopters, four are MD500 series helicopters and two are Bell 407 helicopters, which are primarily dedicated to law enforcement support. Three helicopters (Bell 205 A1++) are primarily dedicated to fire suppression/search and rescue operations.
The relationship between Eagle Copters and ASTREA, started around 2003, when the Cedar fire in San Diego burned more than 273,000 acres and people lost their homes; soon after this unfortunate event, the first two of San Diego’s Bell 205 fire-rescue helicopters were ordered. The unit took delivery of the two machines in 2005, and its most senior pilots began training to fly hoist rescue and initial attack fire missions.