Four new bespoke aeroplanes are being added to the existing national fleet of police
helicopters to deliver a more responsive service to the 43 police forces of England and
Flying out of a custom-built base at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, the fleet of new planes will
travel the length and breadth of England and Wales and respond to the same range of tasks
as the helicopters.
With faster flying speeds and greater endurance times, the planes will increase attendance
rates to some of the more remote areas of the country and help to keep more people safe
from the air.
Two of the four planes are already certificated to fly on task and have responded to 100
tasks across the UK in the last two months.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport is home to one of 14 National Police Air Service (NPAS) air
bases offering support to all police forces across England and Wales as part of a unique
national policing collaboration. From these bases, NPAS responds to 20,000 incidents every
Ian Vause, Assistant Operations Director for the National Police Air Service said:
“Providing a unique aerial view to police officers on the ground, the addition of aeroplanes to
the National Police Air Service helicopter fleet has already boosted our ability to respond to
policing needs across the UK.
“Supporting the location of suspects and vehicles, of vulnerable missing people and the
policing ‘command and control’ of large public gatherings, such as sports matches and other
events, air support is a vital tool in combatting crime and disorder and keeping people safe.
“We save local police time when it really matters and I am delighted to be able to do this
more often and in more locations through the addition of this new arm to