A Pennsylvania State Police Bell 407 and a couple of S.E.R.T. (Special Emergency Response Team) members doing some scoot and shoot training. Oh that looks like about as much fun as you can possibly have with your pants on. Note the TSOP benches they are sitting on. Very cool.
Hardcore Outdoor reader Trooper John Edwards (he is the guy on the starboard side of the aircraft) sent me this picture. Everybody knows I am a sucker for a good 407 photo but I am also a big fan of the Tyler Special Operations Platform or TSOP. You might have seen TSOPs or something like them on the Little Bird helicopters (AH-6C and 6J models which are military variants of the MD500 we used to fly) flown by Army 160th SOAR (Special Operations Aviation Regiment) units on special operations missions. They are also used by power companies (they use another Tyler product called the Power Bench) to inspect and repair transmission lines from the air.
The TSOP is a very handy piece of equipment that makes hot get ons slash get offs a lot easier for a fully equipped operator. Although I have a great deal more external ops time riding the skid and am comfortable doing it that way, I wish we had them on our 407. Especially if I was trying to shoot a bad guy and needed to use both hands.
Thanks for the picture Trooper.