Leading-edge technology includes a Honeywell Primus Epic fully integrated avionics system, a 4-axis digital AFCS and large flat panel color displays in the cockpit. As a result of the new design approach, the AW139 uses fewer components, benefits from integrated avionics and provides easy accessibility to all systems for simplified maintenance tasks. A 480 gallon water tank is attached to the bottom of the airship.
The LAFD also uses two Bell 206 light helicopters for training and HLCO (Observation) duties. All LAFD pilots are sworn members of the Department and initially trained and worked in the field as firefighters. After completing at least four years in the field as a firefighter, and obtaining the necessary FAA pilot licensure on their own time, a member may apply for a position as an LAFD helicopter pilot. Once accepted into the program, members receive initial City flight training from the LAPD, which maintains a robust helicopter program of its own, followed by at least two years of LAFD Air Operations training. In total, the LAFD pilot training pipeline takes approximately four years to complete.