GPD helicopter relaunches after engine repair
Missy Perez / WUFT News
Officers gathered for a ceremonial takeoff Tuesday to make sure the helicopter was running smoothly and fit for flight.
Gainesville Police Department launched its helicopter back in the air Tuesday after a 15-month hiatus.
Helicopter N911GV underwent repairs in a factory center in Arizona after an in-flight engine failure in December 2011.
While it awaited the helicopter’s repair, GPD used helicopters from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, with which it has a joint aviation unit. Officer Ben Tobias, GPD spokesman, said having the helicopter back allows the department to not have to rely on the Sheriff’s Office for their aircraft.
“For us, it’s a morale boost,” Tobias said. “Even though it’s a joint aviation unit … the different helicopters still have different agency markings on it. So to have ours back, where it says Gainesville Police Department on it, it’s a great thing for the pilot out here. It’s a great thing for all the GP personnel to be able to use the helicopter.”
People do not need to worry about the helicopters being used as surveillance,” Tobias said, because their technology cannot see farther than the human eye. They will be used only for chases and fighting crime.
Laura Foreman wrote this story online.
More Stories in Local
A Gainesville woman organizes brunch for locals to discuss atheism and to provide a community for fellow atheists.
When a doctor recommended he get more exercise, Hawthorne resident Winford Jenkins, 57, began taking daily walks around the city. After noticing just how much trash cluttered the streets, he decided to do something about it.
The newest data on Gainesville’s statGNV shows that over half of all existing buildings in Gainesville received some type of violation. These violations include broken emergency exit signs, incorrect outlet cover plates and untested sprinkler systems.
An explosion at Southwest Villas on Thursday night displaced 12 residents. The cause of the explosion is unknown.
The usual sound of birds wasn’t what woke the residents of Grace Marketplace Thursday morning. Grace Marketplace, 2845 NE 39th Ave., held their annual homeless census count on Thursday that lasted from 5:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Alachua County Coalition for the […]