The Eurocopters use ducted fans for the tail rotor, making for a much quieter sound as it circles the neighborhood
Star V, a Eurocopter EC120, equipped with spotlight, PA system, FLIR (infrared scope) and lots of other great in-flight cop gear.
Our pilot approaches the craft before takeoff
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...
"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.
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