Police chopper flying missions

Royal Cayman Islands Police Service helicopter began flying missions Wednesday
afternoon, according to Police Commissioner David Baines.

Baines confirmed the aircraft, a 1999 Eurocopter model, received its police air
operations certification from the Civil Aviation Authority Wednesday. The
certification is needed to ensure the craft is safe to fly police missions with
officers aboard.

been used already,” Mr. Baines said.

craft arrived in Cayman 4 March, and has been spotted aloft several times.
However, Commissioner Baines said, prior to Wednesday, that was for training
purposes only.

was about demonstrating and understanding the environment it has to work in,”
the commissioner said.

helicopter was first purchased in July 2007 for $1.8 million. It was once
expected to arrive in the Cayman Islands in September 2007.

Please see more on this story in Friday’s Caymanian Compass…