• Pasadena Police Department

  •  Annual Fly-In Training Day

    On Wednesday, April 17, 2013 the Pasadena Police Department Air Operations Section, along with the Foothill Air Support Team and LA IMPACT Group 14 hosted its 24th annual Fly-In Training Day at the Rose Bowl.  The Rose Bowl has been designated as a staging location for helicopters in the event of a large scale disaster.  

    Each year the Pasadena Police Department’s Air Operations Section hosts a training day in which air crews from across Southern California can fly into the Rose Bowl under conditions similar to those which will be experienced by pilots and air crew members responding to the location to perform disaster related missions.  Air crews from Sacramento to San Diego including Riverside, Santa Barbara, Orange and Los Angeles Counties were in attendance. 

    The exercise includes the transformation of a large playing field into a landing zone complete with designated landing areas, air traffic control and ground handling personnel.  Air crews are given detailed briefing and landing instructions that include pertinent radio frequencies and holding areas to accommodate the landing of multiple aircraft in a very short period of time.  

    Once on the ground the air crews, including their supervisors had an opportunity to network with one another and vendors from companies displaying the latest technology in airborne law enforcement.   The guest speaker this year was Patrick Jones from the National Transportation Safety Board. Mr. Jones lectured on Human Factor Errors that can affect all flight crews. 

    Helicopters and the technology they carry, play a vital role in public safety. Recently, in the Boston Marathon bombings, helicopter crews found one of the suspects in a covered boat using Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) equipment. Not only did the crews find the suspect, but were able to coordinate with ground officers the best tactical approach in order to reduce the risk of injury or death to residents and/or ground officers. 

    Special thanks to our vendors –Broadcast Microwave Systems (BMS), Enstrom Helicopter, FLIR, Helinet, Lo Jack, MD Helicopters, Meta Map, Paravion, Robinson Helicopters, Rolls Royce, Rotorcraft Support, Spectrolab, HEROS / Hye Tech, Bell Helicopters, Veritas Aerial Solutions (VAS), Cloud Cap, Churchill Navigation, L3 Wescam, Meeker Aviation, and Aero Computers, who generously catered the event for all attendees. 


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