Residents of the Metropoliton
area of Melbourne will be familiar
with the distinctive sound of the
Victorian Police Air Wing’s
Aerospatiale Dauphin 2 helicopters flying
over their rooftops.
The first helicopter, VH-PVF, was
brought into service on 10 October 1979 amid some controversy over cost
and suitability, and after a successful
introduction, it was supplemented by
the purchase of two more similar helicopters
The two later helicopters, VH-PVK
and VH-PVA originally came from the
Romanian Government, with PVA
being fitted out to the equivalent of a
MICA (Mobile Intensive Care
Ambulance) unit, the equipment alone
costing some $80,000. All this extra
weight precludes the use of the ‘night
sun’ searchlight and winch on VH-PVA.
The three Dauphin helicopters have
since become regulars on the TV news
services displaying their ability for surveillance,
search and rescue and ambulance.