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Old 18th Jul 2015, 02:59
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NPAS - The Resurgence

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I am supportive of police aviation but am deeply unhappy at the way it appears to have been emasculated in some respects by the advent of NPAS. I accept that budget cuts necessitated streamlining and amalgamating the independent services operating around the country. That doesn't mean I agree with what has been done, hence the title. It is early days yet and it is going to take time before a new thread can be started called 'NPAS - The Resurgence'.

Perhaps the future will lead to a unified emergency air service capable of dealing with policing, search and rescue, medical services, border enforcement and any other matters where aircraft are the most efficient means of dealing with a given situation. We used to be able to rely on the military for a lot of that stuff, but they too have been hung out to dry in the interest of balancing the books.
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Old 18th Jul 2015, 07:09
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Its alright Supt Watson having the tweet deleted.....
Will he also now be cancelling the NPAS Photo competition ?

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Old 18th Jul 2015, 14:53
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The NPAS model would work well if it didn't actually have crews or aircraft, just HR, quality control a dispatch centre and the SMT.
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I hear that two Chief Cons were flown down to London last week at very short notice.

Was that by an NPAS aircraft?
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two Chief Cons were flown down to London last week
I wonder if they were going down to judge the Photo Competition ?

Or maybe to discuss the latest Base closures

On 3rd June NPAS "God" A/Supt. Watson Tweeted :

"Look out for the NPAS photo competition on Twitter #NPASphotos.
Follow NPAS bases closing date 30/06/15"

Does that mean the Photo Competition closed on 30th June,
or that there were even more Bases closing on that date ! ?

It's easy to make ambiguous posts on Twatter
when there are only 140 characters available for each post

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Old 22nd Jul 2015, 11:34
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I onder if they were going down to judge the Photo Competition ?
Nothing as frivolous as that.
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Old 2nd Aug 2015, 14:45
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0639jpl

Radio 4 Investigating shift workers. What is better for your health 12 HR shifts, 4 days 4 off, 4 nights 3 off or 2 days 2 lates 3 off?
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4 4 4 3 if you wish to live a long prosperous life..
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Old 2nd Aug 2015, 17:54
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i did 2 days 2 nights 4 off for several years. Looks like NPAS are likely to adopt the same pattern. I look forward to it. Best shift pattern i ever worked
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yme - Interesting programme, for every 10 years you do on nights the brain ages by an additional 6 1/2 years. I did 15 years on nights so that means my brain is nearly as old as you. ;-)
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Now the govermint have removed the balls, can we finally have a winch fitted to all para public choppers?
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Old 2nd Aug 2015, 22:18
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True, but not as wise.😊
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A very infrequent visitor here, but someone has caught my eye.

Someone with 71 posts, in less than a year, the vast majority of which simply slag off police aviation. Who claims to have 35 years experience on Robinsons (all paid for himself?) and perhaps B206. Who explains his relevant knowledge:
My experience dates back to the days when freelance contract air support was bought in from the likes of Veritair back in the 1980's.

One pilot,Julian Verity,in a Jetranger plus a copper with a map alongside covering half of Wales
Probably turned down by the military, and or turned down by police aviation for lack of suitability?

Take a long hard look at yourself Romeopapa, and ask yourself why you have so much to say on this subject? Wannabe? Never quite was? Apparently not a UK taxpayer.

Though he seems to spend some time reading my home newspaper, I'll prefer the views of those who have both seen and done the job, with whom I share some similar experience.
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yme - Couldn't disagree.
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Old 20th Aug 2015, 23:06
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I was briefed that the P68R was not cleared for icing conditions but it was hoped it would be in the future, main problm seemed to be power... anti icing on, role equipment off...

It did look very nice going circling my house the other day though...
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Old 13th Sep 2015, 13:13
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Overheard the other day, the NPAS helicopter has departed the field for good, is that the case?
Bit early?
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Unhappy

YME,
Yes and yes.
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Old 13th Sep 2015, 21:06
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Forty,
A little unexpected or been on the cards for a while?
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YME,
Wasn't supposed to be until 1st Jan according to the plan.......
...........but no plan survives first contact.
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Perhaps they decided to call it a day early, rather than prolong the agony.
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