"We mostly turn left." This is a typical view from inside the Sheriff's Dept. helicopter when on the job. Since the Tactical Flight Officer sits on the left side, most orbits are to the left so he can see better.
Our pilot approaches the craft before takeoff
Star V, a Eurocopter EC120, equipped with spotlight, PA system, FLIR (infrared scope) and lots of other great in-flight cop gear.
The Eurocopters use ducted fans for the tail rotor, making for a much quieter sound as it circles the neighborhood
Heading for our first call, with Highway 50 below
American River Parkway near Jesuit High School
Ancil Hoffman Park golf course
"Islands" off Hagan Community Park
One little raft with two little rafters
More circling to the left...
I can see my house from here! In a gap between calls, we headed over to my neighborhood, to buzz the house and make my neighbors think there was a bad guy real close by...
There's Jacquie and A.J. by the pool...
Stores at Marconi and Eastern
Del Paso Country Club
Capitol City Freeway and downtown
On the spot at a call in the South area
South area neighborhood
Checking out the controls
Office building on Cal Expo, near Capitol City Freeway
The many slides of Water World
Wal Mart and stores at El Camino and Watt
Country Club Mall and Emigh Hardware
Light Rail train on its way to the end of the line
Downtown and Natomas
Another call, in Natomas
Fry's, I-80 and Northgate Blvd.
La Sierra Community Center, Carmichael
Old Fair Oaks Bridge, near Sunrise Blvd.
The In-N-Out on Sunrise and Coloma
Marriott hotel in Rancho Cordova
Former home of Anderson Solone, Inc.
...Where I used to work
Who's been doing donuts in the tractor?
Downtown Sacramento at sunset
UPS cargo plane at Mather Airport
Star V helicopter and fuel truck
Sunset and airport building
Deputy Manny Konstantinidis, Tactical Flight Officer and Crew Chief, gassing up immediately after landing.
All done with this flight; off to the debrief...