Burbank and Glendale together are purchasing a new helicopter to replace a two-decades-old one that officials say is past its service life.
The Burbank City Council last week unanimously approved the purchase. The city will split the $2.9-million cost with Glendale, leaving Burbank on the hook for roughly $1.4 million. The Glendale City Council signed off on the purchase in October.
The new air unit will be replacing a 22-year-old MD-520N helicopter, according to a city report. It’s one of three helicopters the two cities currently share. The new helicopter — an updated version of the same model — is expected to last 20 years, or 15,000 hours.