Touting its popularity with law enforcement agencies, an Airbus H125 helicopter owned by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office will be on display at the Airborne Public Safety Association Conference this week. Airbus has delivered 20 H125s to U.S. and Canadian law enforcement agencies in the last 18 months. The helicopter has also entered service with Florida’s Broward County and California’s San Bernardino County and Ontario Police Departments.
The H125 will be the second of its type for the Florida department, which operates it in search-and-rescue, patrol, fire-suppression, SWAT, and team fast rope deployment missions. “It’s an incredible machine that’s perfect for what we do. We were already sold on the Airbus products since we bought our first aircraft 12 years ago. We purchased a new H125 in 2013, and when it came time to replace a 2006 AS350 model, we knew exactly what aircraft we needed,” said Steve Farris, Seminole County lieutenant. “For our law enforcement missions the open cockpit gives us great visibility and allows everyone to be in one open cabin, and the high capacity cargo hook allows us to carry 210-gallon Bambi buckets for firefighting.”
Airbus builds the H125 for North America at its final assembly plant in Columbus, Mississippi. “We’re proud to build the cutting-edge H125 helicopter in Mississippi. It’s a prime example of how Airbus is expanding its presence and industrial footprint in the United States,” said Chris Emerson, president of Airbus Helicopters and head of the North America region.
According to Airbus, the company has retained a 58 percent market share since 2007 and 83 percent market share in 2017 in the North American law enforcement helicopter market.