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Indy Helicopter Back In Service After Two Years

INDIANAPOLIS

 

After being grounded for nearly two years due to budget constraints, Indianapolis' police helicopter is back in service.

Last year, the department sold its turbine-powered helicopter to finance repairs on an aircraft that first went into service in 1968.

Despite its age, pilots said the helicopter has the latest technology, including a forward-facing infrared sensor to find people on the ground, a powerful spotlight and high-tech computer capabilities.

The helicopter is budgeted to fly 400 hours a year through 2015 and will fly for the Super Bowl, police said.

The helicopter is the oldest police craft in service in the country.

 

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