Attention: This is not an official website of the PoliceHelicopterSquadron, but my own privatewebsite!

Staffelwappen

The Police- Helicopter- Squadron
of Rheinland- Pfalz (Rhineland - Palatinate), Germany
,

with callsign "Sperber" ("sparrow-hawk") was founded in the year 1974  first with location on the airfield Worms.
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.

Bo 105 über dem Deutschen Eck in Koblenz Technical Data of the Bo 105 CB / CBS:

2 Turbine- engines 250C20B with each 420 Shaft-HP
Turbine- RPM: 52.000 RPM
Mainrotor: 424 RPM, tailrotor: 2.200 RPM
Maximum speed: 145 kts = 268 km/h = 167 MPH
Cruising speed: about. 115 kts = 215 km/h = 132 MPH
Endurance without auxiliary tank: 2 1/2 hrs.= 540 km
Endurance with auxiliary tank: 3 1/2 hrs. = 755 km
Fuel: Kerosene
Fuel consumption: about 180 l/hr.
Maximum altitude: 6000 m
Maximum take-off weight: 2400 / 2500 kg

The Panel of the Bo 105

You get a short explanation of the instruments if you click
on the picture.

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
Observations
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..Absetzen von SEK-LeutenSEK-Leute auf den Kufen

BiV-Brillen Since few years night missions are also practiced with night vision goggles and with a powerful 1600 W- searchlight.
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 goggles.
On the right side streets of a town.