New aeroplanes delivered
All four National Police Air Service (NPAS) aeroplanes are now in the UK.
Two new aircraft were delivered last week from Austria, joining two that received their UK registration markings in April.
Work is underway for all four aircraft to achieve air worthiness and police operational certification
A process expected to take several months before they can begin flying in support of police forces in England and Wales.
When the aeroplanes are operational, they will be deployed from NPAS’ Doncaster base.
They will join the existing fleet of helicopters, which fly from 13 other bases.
Chief Superintendent Scott Bisset, NPAS Chief Operating Officer said: “The delivery of the two remaining aircraft is another milestone for this project and a significant step closer to bringing them into service.
There is still work to be done before they are declared fully operational but we will be keeping forces updated about progress and how this new resource can assist them to tackle criminality and protect the public.”
The aircraft will be crewed by a pilot and a tactical flight officer, using similar camera and downlink technology found on NPAS helicopters.
About the National Police Air Service
The NPAS provide borderless air support to all police forces of England and Wales 24/7, 365 days a year, from our national network of bases.
The National Police Air Service exists to keep communities safe and tasks which pose the highest risk to communities are prioritised in line with local police and crime plans.
All requests for support are managed through one central point in our national operations centre in West Yorkshire.
The National Police Air Service was formed in October 2012 following the national review of air support conducted by the Home Office in 2009.
NPAS are the first and only collaboration of all police forces in England and Wales, regulated by law.
The National Police Air Service is delivered by West Yorkshire Police on behalf of British Policing and governed by a National Board made up of six elected Police and Crime Commissioners and six Chief Constables each representing their policing regions.
It is funded through the collaborative agreement of participating police forces to each pay a proportionate contribution toward this overall cost of delivery which corresponds to their service use.