On Wednesday, April 29, 2015 the Pasadena
Police Department Air Operations Section, along with the Foothill Air Support
Team and LA IMPACT Group 14 hosted its 26th 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
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, Fresno, Riverside, 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
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. This year's training topic involved multi-agency pursuit policy and hand-off coordination.
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
Special thanks to our vendors –Broadcast
Microwave Systems (BMS), Enstrom Helicopter, FLIR, Helinet, Lo Jack, MD
Helicopters, Meta Map, Paravion, Rolls Royce, Rotorcraft
Support, Spectrolab, HEROS / Hye Tech, Bell Helicopters, Veritas Aerial
Solutions (VAS), Cloud Cap, Churchill Navigation, Meeker Aviation, Aero Computers, and Lee's Hoagie House who generously catered the event for all attendees.