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Post  toxicmonkey999 on Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:53 pm

Before The Patrol:

Before the patrol begins, be sure to ask the Patrol CO if you can go Aviation. Please indicate whether you are a Junior Pilot, Advanced Pilot or Flight Command.

If you are going Aviation in a patrol, you will be known as Air One instead of your unit number. This is what you will be called by dispatch and other officers in the patrol. Remember Flight Command and Advanced Pilots have first priority to go Air One.
If there are less than 6 ground units in the patrol, the pilot may NOT go Aviation as it is against Aviation Policy. Does not apply if the Aviator is doing Air One/Dispatch.
Flying Techniques:

Always fly with the highest caution and vigilance. One mistake and that could be the end of one’s life.

One of the most obvious things to avoid doing is tapping the “Y” button while flying. That will cause the pilot to eject themselves from the cockpit and descend to their death.

There are times when the Helicopter might hit the side of a skyscraper while pursuing a fleeing car. In this situation, do not over correct, as that will cause one to bounce off the building and ram into another building parallel to it. Just stay calm and hold forward and the helicopter should course correct itself. One should always be flying at least 10 stories high during vehicle pursuits, foot pursuits you may go as low as needed so long as it is within realistic boundaries. A pilot should fly at half speed to maintain complete control over the helicopter.

Duties Of A Pilot:

It is important to know what one must do as a pilot in the Aviation Unit. The main tasks done during a patrol is following pursuits, positioning S.W.A.T officers on rooftops, water rescues, and searching for wanted vehicles.

During a pursuit, the ground officer will call for Code 2 back up which includes Air One. Once the Air Unit has visual of the pursuit, the pilot is to take over in relaying the direction of the suspect(s) to Dispatch and ground units by saying "Air One has COMMS".

Air Units are also responsible for dropping S.W.A.T Entry Teams or Snipers on building roofs they otherwise may not be able to access, allowing a S.W.A.T Operator to fire from the side-gunner position and if needed, Medevac injured officers to the nearest hospital.

Aviators may roam freely around the patrol island during the patrol in birds-eye view, during this time should they come across any recklessly driving vehicles, speeding vehicle or MVA they may call it in to dispatch. Once the dispatcher has designated the responding unit stay overhead until they arrive.

Note: If it is a speeding or recklessly driving vehicle, once a unit has been dispatched call them via phone to transmit location as to not clutter COMM's.

Orange Dot Apprehension [ODA]:

As we are all trained in our basic Patrol Officer training to not commit O.D.A (Orange Dot Apprehension) the same applies when you are the Air Unit for that patrol. For instance if you are called to assisst with a shots fired call and you see someone with an orange dot above their head fleeing the area, do NOT call it in unless you witness them firing a weapon or can clearly see a weapon in their hands.


In the rare case that a helicopter loses its tail blades or the whole tail itself, remain calm. If possible, steer the helicopter towards the water. If that fails, slowly start releasing the throttle and try to bring the helicopter down to a soft landing. Once safe on the ground, have a patrol officer push the chopper into a health pack or just get out and grab another helicopter. Try to avoid having accidents as that costs the taxpayers millions of dollars.
Approximate cost of the LCPD Bell 407 [Maverick]: $2.5 Million
Approximate cost of the LCPD/N.O.O.S.E Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk [Annihilator]: $14 Million

Giving Permission for PIT Maneuvers:

When giving permission for PITs make sure the roadways are safe and clear for the ground unit to perform this procedure. It is your job to watch and make sure the environment is at its safest point for the ground unit, usuallly when traffic ahead and around the pursuit is low or clear. Please do not let someone do a PIT if the pursuit just started. Only let them perform the maneuver if the pursuit is lasting more then 4-5 Minutes.


Remember, this handbook does not cover everything. These mainly just covers the basics to Aviation and helps new officers get an understanding of what we do. Once one becomes skilled enough, they will be eligible to become an Advanced Pilot. Advanced pilots have more privileges and are also Aviation Staff Members. Good luck and safe flying.

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