Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa hosts 4th biennial Airborne Law Enforcement Seminar
Pretoria, South Africa, September 16, 2012 - Representatives from law enforcement agencies and police forces from around the world gathered in Centurion, South Africa today for the 4th biennial airborne law enforcement seminar being hosted by Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa (AHZA).
The meeting, held every second year in South Africa, involved more than 100 delegates and aimed to facilitate closer co-operation, knowledge sharing and the exchange of best practices in airborne law enforcement and policing.
This year’s seminar included a keynote presentation by the Brazilian Police -one of the largest airborne law enforcement helicopter operators in the Southern Hemisphere -on its operations and lessons learned from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, which was recently hosted in that country.
Further lessons in the effective utilisation and deployment of airborne police assets were provided by the South African Police Services Airwing and the South African Air Force –both of which are Airbus Helicopter operators-which briefed delegates on their collaboration and coordinated planning and operations to provide security for the memorial service and funeral of the late President Nelson Mandela.
The Botswana Police shared invaluable knowledge on its newly acquired night operations law enforcement and crime prevention mission capability, which has been made possible with the integration of Night Vision Goggle systems on its Airbus Helicopter fleet
The Namibian Police, which covers a country twice as large as France but with only a modest fleet of three Airbus Helicopter aircraft, briefed participants
on its deployments and successful integration of its newest acquisition, a twin-engined Airbus Helicopter EC145, which it took delivery of at the previous Aerosace Africa & Defence show in 2012.
The war on poaching of wildlife remains a priority mission in Southern Africa and SANParks updated delegates on its successes which have resulted from the implementation of new tactics involving the deployment of helicopters in the fight against Rhino poachers.
The seminar coincides with the biennial Africa Aerospace & Defence show being held at AFB Waterkloof near Pretoria, from 17-21 September.
About Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd
Originally known as Eurocopter Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, the business was established in 1994 as a 100% owned subsidiary of what is today the Airbus Helicopters unit of the Airbus Group of companies. AHZA is based on the Grand Central Airport in Midrand ideally located between Johannesburg and Pretoria. With a complement of 80 employees, AHZA sells and supports the entire range of Airbus Helicopter product and related services to 20 countries in the sub-Saharan and Indian Ocean region. Recognized by all the main regional civil aviation authorities AHZA has the capacity to support its customer base from Grand Central and Cape Town but also on the field where their customers operate.