New Program Helps Border Patrol

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

A recent program is providing a better way to protect border control.

It's called the Huey One Conversion Program. It cuts down costs along with putting more helicopters on the border in less time, and all work is done here in the Wiregrass.

"It's what's called zero timing the aircraft where everything is basically new, they strip the aircraft all the way down to the bare metal, rebuild it back up with new transmission, new engine, and you end up with an aircraft that is basically starting its service life over again," says Douglas Koupash with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The first helicopter has about a week more of inspections before it will be used on the border.


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  • by brandon Location: safford,az on Sep 16, 2010 at 06:15 PM
    i agree with elizabeth we do need something like this to help protect our border agents.
  • by Elizabeth Location: Tucson,AZ on Aug 4, 2010 at 12:41 AM
    We need more air support, to protect "Border Patrol Agents". Despite on what people agree & disagree, Border Patrol Agents have families to go home to every night & we need the Federal Government to make that miracle happen every day. KEEP OUR AGENTS SAFE!
  • by Laura Location: Animas, NM on Mar 9, 2010 at 03:46 PM
    We need some aircraft like this to protect our borders in the boothell area in New Mexico! Keep up the good work ICE!!!
  • by Bob Location: NW Florida on Feb 26, 2010 at 09:55 PM
    In a fight between the INS and the immigrants they try to harass..... I'd root for the immigrants.... I was on a Greyhound bus in Texas once, and the way INS terrorized some of my fellow passengers made me ashamed to be an American. We should be able to regulate our borders without resorting to Storm Trooper tactics....
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