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July 12, 1987
Orange County Treasurer Robert L. Citron and Auditor-Controller Steven E. Lewis showed courage when they suggested the county could save $1.5 million per year by grounding the two sheriff's helicopters. At the beginning of this year, the sheriff and the cities of Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, collectively had 13 police helicopters. The helicopter has become a law-enforcement status symbol. Not one of these law enforcement agencies has ever demonstrated the cost effectiveness of these vehicles, nor even that they reduce crime.
April 23, 2000
I appreciate seeing the state's suggested "emergency kit" for school crises ("State Unveils Kit to Help Schools Deal With Shootings," April 18). It would supplement the safe schools plan that all L.A. Unified School District schools must implement and update yearly to help schools get through a variety of crises. I have been at school campuses numerous times to help principals and school staffs deal with news reporters, photographers and camera crews during emergency situations, and the mention of news helicopters over schools is right on target.
January 27, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
Federal safety experts are recommending that owners of Robinson Helicopter Co.'s four-seat R44 choppers replace the aircraft's fuel tanks after crash investigators found accidents resulted in deaths that could have been avoided. The National Transportation Safety Board said this month it made the recommendation after investigations found crashes of R44 helicopters that were “survivable for the occupants, but fatal or serious injuries occurred because of a post-crash fire that resulted from an impact-related breach in the fuel tanks.” The Torrance company has produced nearly 6,000 of its single-engine R44 helicopters since the first one was delivered in 1993.
September 18, 1988
I'm responding to Geoffrey Post's letter of Sept. 11 entitled "Living Near a Base." He asks how bright the commanding officers of Tustin and El Toro Marine Air Stations are, and he maintains that unstable helicopters fly 50 feet over his Irvine house. Post is not well informed. A simple call to the base provides the following information: Helicopters do not fly 50 feet over the houses. Rather, they fly 2,000 to 2,400 feet above mean sea level. Helicopters could hardly be called unstable or unreliable.
March 27, 1988
How interesting it is that Western Medical Center is running full page ads in The Times trumpeting the fact that it is a "caring hospital"! The Western Medical Center recently canceled its helicopter program to care for and transport severely injured patients in Orange County to the closest trauma center. Why did they do this? Because it was costing them $25,000 a month to run this program. They obviously didn't care enough about the injured and traumatized accident victims to spend the $25,000, but I am sure they are spending more than $25,000 a month on their advertising campaign.
May 24, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
British and French attack helicopters are headed to Libya in an escalation of the role some Western governments plan to play in the fighting between forces loyal to Moammar Kadafi and rebels seeking his ouster, according to a French official and media reports Monday. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe told reporters in Brussels that the helicopters would provide more precision than fighter jets as the West enforces a United Nations mandate to protect Libyan civilians. The aircraft will not be used to land troops, Juppe said.
August 23, 2012 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
One homeowner complained that helicopters flew so low and so loudly over her neighborhood that she couldn't hear conversations and the vibrations rattled dishes in her china cabinet. Another likened the deafening chopper sounds to a "war zone. " More grumbling from Los Angeles homeowners? Nope. Long Island. Years of complaints about noise from helicopters shuttling well-to-do New Yorkers between the city and the Hamptons have led to new restrictions this month on helicopter traffic over Long Island - possibly offering a political lesson to Los Angeles residents seeking similar relief.
December 27, 1995
A private helicopter running out of fuel made an emergency landing Tuesday night, but no one was injured, Los Angeles police said. The helicopter, whose destination was not immediately known, landed near the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Hesby Street about 9 p.m., LAPD Officer Manny Vallardes said.
June 12, 2012 | By Paul Richter and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton charged Tuesday that Russia is sending helicopter gunships to prop up the Syrian government in an escalating conflict with rebels that a top U.N. official acknowledged had become a full-scale civil war. Russia has denied that it is supplying Syrian President Bashar Assad's security forces with weapons that can be used against armed rebels and civilians. Heavy fighting has claimed at least 10,000 lives over 15 months. "We have confronted the Russians about stopping their continued arms shipments to Syria," Clinton said at the Brookings Institution think tank.
May 18, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Pakistani authorities said two NATO helicopters crossed from Afghanistan into their country's airspace Tuesday and exchanged gunfire with an army post near the border, injuring two soldiers. The confrontation came just a day after a top U.S. senator and Pakistani officials agreed that their nations would cooperate in pursuing top militants. NATO helicopters have made incursions into Pakistani territory, at times when coalition troops were pursuing Afghan Taliban fighters. However, the incursion Tuesday, if confirmed, came as relations between the U.S. and Pakistan had plummeted to one of their lowest points in years, after the raid May 2 by American commandos that killed Osama bin Laden in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.
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