A police helicopter parked on the grounds of the Fort Heritage Precinct last month caught the attention of dozens of curious onlookers.
Fort Saskatchewan RCMP had the helicopter on display at their Sunset Retreat Ceremony on August 22. People at the ceremony had the chance to enjoy modern twists on policing, such as the helicopter, a bomb removal squad and a rare 2000 Chevrolet Camaro police cruiser, as well as enjoy seeing the traditional horses and bright red uniforms.
MIX 107 caught up with pilot Chris Gaunt to ask a few questions about what the helicopter gets up to on a more typical day.
According to Gaunt, the helicopter is often used to cover rural areas in the province.
"There's an infrared camera and a search light and all kinds of goodies inside," Gaunt said.
Gaunt has been a pilot since 1985 and joined the RCMP in 2006. As a pilot, he does a variety of jobs.
"There is search and rescue, there is searching for stolen property, that kind of thing."
He added that they also use the helicopter to fix repeaters, radio-relay stations that are often located in the mountains.
The biggest detriment is the weather. For safety reasons, police don't fly the helicopter in harsh conditions such as heavy winds or in freezing and humid air.