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Texas Parks & Wildlife Unveils New $5 Million Helicopter

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    Texas Parks & Wildlife Unveils New $5 Million Helicopter
    Chase Fountain, TPWD ©2014
    The Texas Game Warden’s today unveiled its new Airbus AS350B3e helicopter that will enhance the department’s statewide law enforcement apparatus and assist with its search and rescue and disaster response efforts.

    The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has a new $5 million high-tech helicopter with better capabilities to transport personnel and search dogs.

    The Airbus AS350 B3e helicopter was unveiled Tuesday in Austin.

    Department spokesman Steve Lightfoot says the chopper replaces an older helicopter that has been out of service for more than a year. Lightfoot says the new Airbus includes a rescue hoist, a thermal imager, satellite communications and night vision capabilities.

    Lt. Craig Hunter says the helicopter will be a tremendous asset to Texas game wardens.

    The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department also has an airplane, a 2009 Cessna 206.