The aircraft will replace one of the department’s older aircraft, a three-decade-old AS350B2 which has been operated by PCSO since 1991.
Metro has customized the aircraft to meet PCSO’s specific mission requirements – including the fitting of a TrakkaBeam TLX searchlight; a Tyler Fast Rope system for personnel deployment; a Boost Human External Cargo system; a Garmin Autopilot; Aero computer mapping system; and a Wescam MX10 imaging system.
The H125 features a Safran Arriel 2D turboshaft engine with two-channel full authority digital engine control, as well as a third independent automatic backup channel and automatic ignition. It has a cruise speed of 230km/h with an endurance of three hours, can carry 1,400kg at sea level and has a maximum flight altitude of over seven kilometers.
Metro also recently completed and delivered another H125 in law enforcement configuration to the Texas Department of Public Safety in June.