This particular arrangement is awkward and increases the risk for life-threatening injuries. A better option for search and rescue operations, rooftop evacuations and deploying tactical teams is the Tyler Special Operations Platform (TSOP). The lightweight, stable helicopter platform provides an additional margin of safety. Officers can concentrate on the mission instead of worrying about staying balanced on a skid tube. The result is improved mission safety and effectiveness for transporting and deploying personnel.
Tyler Technologies developed this innovative helicopter platform. As a leader in the aerial cinematography industry, Tyler Technologies has been providing high quality, reliable systems that go beyond FAA requirements for more than four decades. The user-friendly TSOP installation requires no modification to the existinghelicopter framework. It readily mounts to cross tubes with special quick disconnect clamps. The special operations platform can be quickly installed without tools after the initial setup. This makes it ideal for emergencies when time is of the essence. Tyler Technologies vast experience enables the company to design and fabricate the highest caliber, cost-effective products with minimal lead times.
Made from aircraft aluminum tubing, each bench weighs approximately 66 pounds. The aerodynamic design can be stowed out of the way in a vertical lockdown position when not in use for air or ground operations. Although the platforms are usually mounted in pairs to a helicopter framework, it is possible to install a single bench based on an aircraft’s center of gravity characteristics. Officers are secured to the platform attaching points with a rappelling type harnesses or self-retracting, twist-release seat belts. The bench has a folding ergonomic footrest. For added protection, a ballistic seat pad can be attached to the helicopter platform with nylon straps. The system can also be adapted for fast rope and rappelling capabilities.
Helicopters reduce search and rescue times, increase apprehension rates and deter criminal activity as well as enhance SWAT capabilities. This aerial police platform with its bird’s-eye-view is a force multiplier for ground units. The Tyler Special Operations Platform enables law enforcement agencies to take full advantage of the helicopter’s ability to reduce mission response time while increasing effectiveness and officer safety. These factors reduce overall costs and enhance service to the public.