Hampshire Police and Lee-on-Solent
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|Hampshire Constabulary - Hampshire Police Air Support Unit|
The airfield has been the base for the Hampshire Police Air Support Unit since 1985. In 1987, the Authority agreed that the Hampshire Constabulary should operate a full-time Air Support Unit staffed by three pilots and two full-time observers supplemented by additional observers for the summer months. The staff for the air support unit came from within the Police Authorised Establishment.
Activities are focused on valuable observation and photographic work. The main tasks also includes search (particularly in open areas), surveillance, traffic and patrol. Until recently it used Edgeley Aircraft Limited Optica Scout 1985-1990, and subsequently from 1990 it used an Britten-Norman Islander spotter plane (PBN-2B-26 Islander (the noisy version) G-HPAA. The Islander maintained special equipment from 1993: AGEMA/Leo 400 gyro stabilised camera platform in nose, with TI camera and hi-resolution daylight TV camera.
Ref: The Optica Scout Aircraft. Hants county Council
On 26 February 2001 the Chairman of Britten-Norman Group, Mr Alawi Zawawi, handed over the keys of a new Defender 4000 aircraft to Hampshire Police Authority Chairman, Councillor Ron Culver, and the Hampshire Police Chief Constable, Paul Kernaghan, at a ceremony at HMS Daedalus, Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire, UK. The Authority is paying £1.3 million in addition to their existing B-N Islander, which has been taken in part exchange for the Defender. This Defender 4000 will provide Hampshire Police with a facility which is understood to be the most sophisticated and best equipped aircraft, in respect of speed, fuel consumption and low noise considerations, held by any police force in the country.
Ref: Replacement of Police Aircraft (ref T A Meeting of the Hampshire Police Authority held at The Castle, Winchester on 20 April, 1999.) Confidential report of the Chief Constable (Item 11 in the Minute Book)
Ref: MEETING of the HAMPSHIRE POLICE AUTHORITY held at The Castle, Winchester on Tuesday 21 November, 2000
Ref: Police Operations in Rotor Hub News
|Aircraft of the Hampshire Police Air Support Unit|
Britten-Norman Islander 1990-2001
G-TWOB - PBN BN-2 Islander 1990-1991.
G-HPAA - PBN BN-2B-26 Islander c/n 2244 from December 1991, 'Boxer 3. G-HPAA Islander to Lee on Solent ex PAS. 1999
Britten-Norman Defender 2001-
G-HPAG - PBN BN-2T Defender 4000
Ref:Aeroflight UK Emergency Services: Hampshire Police aircraft
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