Copter 2 has arrived

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dangitdoug
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Postby dangitdoug » Wed Sep 03, 2008 5:47 pm

I work just north of Montgomery Field. I've seen them doing alot of training with the new chopper lately.

mike
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Postby mike » Wed Sep 03, 2008 11:36 pm

this site has another pic of this awesome copter:

http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.s ... entry=true

RescueKujo
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Postby RescueKujo » Sat Sep 06, 2008 12:57 am

Here's a photo I shot Thursday as they were doing touch and go's at Montgomery....

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My SDFD Aviation album link:
http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v660/RescueKUjo/San%20Diego%20Fire%20Department%20Aviation%20Division/

mike
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Postby mike » Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:44 pm

Nice pic RescueKujo :D

ChrisK
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Postby ChrisK » Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:58 pm

Copter 2 has been spending its days at Montgomery Field and its nights at station 43 (Brown Field).

It is in service, but I personally haven't heard it assigned to any calls. It continues to make training flights, usually either to Sycamore Canyon or to Sweetwater Reservoir.

RescueKujo
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Postby RescueKujo » Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:27 pm

mike wrote:Nice pic RescueKujo :D


Thanks Mike. There's a little 2 story parking structure that overlooks where the helos practice their touch and go's behind a business directly across the street from AMR on Balboa. If I go to lunch and either the SDFD or SDPD helos are doing them, I'll go over and get some photos.

mike
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Postby mike » Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:59 pm

Sounds cool maybe sooner or later a video of it in action may pop up on youtube :D

800
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Postby 800 » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:29 pm

[quote="ChrisK" (a month ago)] Copter 2 has been spending its days at Montgomery Field and its nights at station 43 (Brown Field).[/quote]

So now that both are on line, I note that Copter 1 seems to be operating out of Brown Field, and Copter 2 out of Montgomery.

ChrisK
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Postby ChrisK » Mon Oct 06, 2008 6:53 pm

There doesn't seem to be any consistency to the basing of the two helicopters. Usually it is Copter 1 that goes to Station 43, but sometimes it's Copter 2. Also, the amount of time spent there by either helicopter varies. Mostly, it seems like there is only a helicopter at 43 during the night. Typically, one of them goes down there about 5:00 PM and returns to Montgomery in the morning, but not always. Sometimes they spend the whole day there.

I was at Montgomery Field today about noon and both helicopters were there.

They have been doing a lot of training in the Otay Mountain and Otay Lakes areas with the helicopter that is at Station 43.

ChrisK
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Postby ChrisK » Fri Oct 10, 2008 3:27 pm

800 wrote:
The support facilities for the Sheriff's birds is at Gillespie (the department maintains their aircraft themselves). I believe SDFD contracts out their maintenance.

Don


The mechanics that work on the SDFD helicopters have shirts that have "RSI Rotorcraft Support, Inc." on the back, so presumably that's who they contract with for maintenance. They are based in Van Nuys.


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