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DEA's two DA42MPPs have been successfully moved from the Austrian register to the British register. OE-FAI and OE-FVA now become G-DMPP and G-DSPY.
In addition the two aircraft have been 'normalised' with the rest of the DEA fleet with matching blue and silver accents having had their military decals removed. This reduces their obvious paramiltary context and assists in covert operations
To the untrained observer the DA42MPPs operated by DEA appear as 'normal' DA42s, this allows them to operate in a variety of circumstances where covert capablities are 'helpful' eg observation of criminal suspects, loitering in areas where people may be antcipated to commit various forms of theft or acts of vandalism.
The low noise footprint and long loiter times are in marked contrast to helicopters which often allow criminal behaviour to evade detection or cease before evidence can be captured.
The operaqting costs of the DA42MPP are 5-10 times less than a turbine helicopter as is the carbon footprint. The noise footprint is orders of magntude less than that of a helicopter!