New police chopper touches down at ORIA

| 21/03/2019 | 33 Comments
Cayman News Service

New RCIPS helicopter (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

(CNS): The new RCIPS helicopter, an Airbus 145, arrived at Owen Roberts International Airport Thursday afternoon. It was fast-tracked after the existing police chopper was taken out of service and sent for maintenance, having been damaged in a crash landing due to a technical fault last month. The new machine will not only fill the gap in law enforcement but is expected to be used for the royal visit next week. It was purchased under a joint deal with the UK and will be deployed to other overseas territories in the region for emergencies when needed.

Robert Scotland, the commander of the new Cayman Islands Coast Guard, was one of several government officials that welcomed the arrival of the new chopper, as the new machine has been fitted to enable it to be used in search and rescue as well as running down gun and drug smugglers.

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Category: Coast Guard, Crime, Crime Prevention, Police

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The helicopter was rushed so that it could shuttle the Prince around Grand Cayman instead of driving where people could see him and he could see the planning mess – proper planning is a favourite subject of the Prince.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Why don’t you negative posters think of the good this helicopter will bring to this island instead of being more concerned where it was registered. What difference does it make whether it was the US, UK or the moon! This much needed helicopter will be an immense help for the Police, the transportation of seriously ill people, for drug enforcement, the protection of our borders, search and rescue etc., etc.,
    However much it costs it certainly not going to be a liability. This is for the benefit of all you people of the Cayman Islands.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Cant keep nothing a secret now more lol

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  4. Anonymous says:

    cause they prob bought a used re painted US chopper at new price ….things that make u same Mmmmmmmm

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Where does it say registered in the US I only see airbus on the tail the manufacturer name

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Re Tail Number – I am not an expert but I can Bing – Flightaware.com shows the aircraft number registered to AIRBUS HELICOPTERS INC, GRAND PRAIRIE , TX, US. It also shows the aircraft flying around Grand Cayman. So logic suggests that we bought/leased the aircraft from the US company, where it was registered and retained its # after repainting until it could be flown down here. At some point (if bought) the ownership will transfer and the registration change. – Its probably just a timing vs PR simplicity issue.

    https://flightaware.com/resources/registration/N470AH
    https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N470AH

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  7. Anonymous says:

    No it will have to walk over water! if it can fly over land why not water?

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Keep that pest away from my kites that I fly!

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Why is it registered in the USA?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Because it had 5 previous USA registrant, in 4 different states, before being reacquired by Airbus Helicopters office in Grand Prairie TX last year, and then exported to CI.

      https://flightaware.com/resources/registration/N470AH

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      • Anonymous says:

        People like you…Did you read the details of your link? The Aircraft has one registration on the manufacture Airbus. The tailnumber was used on a different aircraft before (what you refer to licensed in 5 states) – you can see the different serial number and the license dates years back. Unless this chopper came back from the future your post is absolutely useless.

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        • Anonymous says:

          The FAA tail number was being recycled, that’s all. Chopper serial number changed Feb 2018. Can everyone pls calm down? For Pete’s sake, does anyone really care what the temporary tail number was in flying down here from USA airspace?!?

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  10. Anonymous says:

    Does it have a kick stand for erroneous pilot error take offs?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Does it have an idiot bomb on board for you, dumb ass? The accident wasn’t pilot error, it was mechanical failure. Any moron knows that a pilot with 1000’s hours experience won’t fly backwards into the ground. It was clearly a command failure, but then again how would we expect a bobo who thinks a Honda Accord is a racing car would know any better.

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  11. say it like it is says:

    Well at least the RCIPS thought of Airbus, a pity our national airline didn’t.

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  12. Anonymous says:

    can it fly over water?

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  13. Observer says:

    If that is really a photograph of the new helicopter, why is it registered in the USA?

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    • Anonymous says:

      Culd be that it was flown here from the US and had to be licensed to do so. Now that it’s here it can be licensed in Cayman…Just a very plausible idea…

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  14. Jim says:

    If this is our helicopter why is it showing a US registration tail number?

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Wrong colour. Send it back.

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  16. Anonymous says:

    Very nice congrats RCIP

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