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of Rheinland- Pfalz (Rhineland - Palatinate), Germany,
with callsign "Sperber" ("sparrow-hawk")
was founded in the year 1974 first with location on the airfield
But soon it was relocated to the airfield Koblenz-Winningen, where it is still located nowadays.
Since founding till today we have been flying the helicopter type Bo 105, made by Eurocopter Germany (former Messerschmidt-Bölkow-Blohm) We use 3 helicopters of this type.
|Technical Data of the Bo 105 CB /
2 Turbine- engines 250C20B with each 420
|The Panel of the Bo 105
You get a short explanation
of the instruments if you click
The flying personnel consists at the moment of 8 pilots and 7 technicial copilots. Additional personnel are 4 civil helicopter- technicians and 2 administration employees.
We have a wide spectrum of missions, which is much more than
traffic surveillance of roads and highways or the rivers Rhine,
Mosel and Lahn
So we are additionaly involved in:
pollution control (detect and document forbidden rubbish dumps and scrab yards etc)
Search- and rescue missions
Searching of criminal offenders
Taking of evidence by photo, video and rolleimetric- processing
Videotransmitting at special missions
Rescue of injured persons from precipices with winch or rescue- rope
Transport and winching of special task forces etc..
|Since few years night missions are also practiced
with night vision goggles and with a powerful 1600 W-
Those night vision goggles allow a visual flight by night nearly as it is by day, but you see all in a green color and you have a visual angle of only 42°. This requires a permanent turning of the head. A strenuous thing because helmet and goggles together are quite heavy..
But it is an ernormous increment of effectivity and of flight safety.
Here are two pictures which show the impression with night vision goggles:
|For an untrained observer it´s perhaps
a little bit difficult to recognize something. The left
picture shows deciduous forest (a bit lighter) and
coniferous forest (darker) and a clearing; photographed
from an altitude of 150m. Without that goggles it would
be pitch-dark night, that means, what you see at the
margins is what the pilot would see without night vision
On the right side streets of a town.