Air Operations – the LAFD operates a top-flight Air Operations Unit at Fire Station 114 adjacent to Van Nuys Airport. The flight line typically has seven helicopters ready for deployment as both air ambulance and fire attack resources. This is an example of one of the newer ships in the fleet – an AW139. Its Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67C turbines, together with a state-of-the-art 5-bladed main rotor, deliver a high cruise speed even in demanding conditions at all weights. They deliver an outstanding power to weight ratio, which allows Category “A” performance capabilities with no limitations in a wide range of operating conditions including ‘hot and high’. Leading edge technology includes a Honeywell Primus Epic fully integrated avionics system, a 4-axis digital AFCS and large flat panel colour displays in the cockpit. As a result of the new design approach the AW139 uses fewer components, benefits from integrated avionics and provides easy accessibility to all systems for simplified maintenance tasks. The LAFD’s examples are designed for both air ambulance and fire suppression roles. Note the 350 gallon water tank attached to the bottom of the airship.