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Crash Reconstruction With Drones for Law Enforcement

Master Trooper Brian Leventhal from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol will be sharing his lessons learned, data storage issues, how to capture drone mapping images that are accepted, and basically all the lessons he has learned along the way. This is a free educational presentation based on real-world experience and not a sales presentation for anything. There is nothing ... Read More »

Public Safety UAS Incident Command – Flight Operations

There is so much to learn about how to conduct UAS public safety flight operations in a way that can give you the best chance of achieving your mission goals. Flying gets especially tricky when you find yourself flying with other departments or in a multiagency situation. However, your chance of mission success can be greatly enhanced through organization and ... Read More »

Public Safety UAS Night Flight

Emergency drone flying during the day is one thing but at night, now that’s a completely different set of skills. In this class, we are going to cover the different night flying considerations and factors you need to think about before you ever lift off from your LZ. If you’ve ever been scared flying at night, this is the class ... Read More »

Public Safety UAS Thermal Camera Operations

This is a free educational presentation based on real-world experience and not a sales presentation for anything. There is nothing for sale and nothing to be purchased. Thermal cameras have a mysterious reputation for being able to find all sorts of missing people and give us a magic eye-in-the-sky. But do they really? In this class, we take a deep ... Read More »

Public Safety UAS Visual Observer – Train the Trainer

This is a free educational presentation based on real-world experience and not a sales presentation for anything. There is nothing for sale and nothing to be purchased. To discover all of the upcoming free public safety webinars. click here. This class is designed for individuals that may have to conduct the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Visual Observer (VO) training at ... Read More »

What You Need to Know About Public Safety UAS COA and PAO Operations Before or After You Start Your Program

Flying a public safety operation under a COA is all the rage. So many departments are jumping into public safety flight going down the COA or Public Aircraft Operation route. Some elect to pursue this after a consultant helps them with this approach. Others are told by manufacturer sales representatives this is the best route to take. Some departments decide ... Read More »

More Airports Added to LAANC for UAS Flight

Starting today more than 100 control towers and airports will be added to the hundreds of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic facilities and airports that currently use the Low Altitude Authorization and Capability (LAANC) system. LAANC is a collaboration between the FAA and industry that directly supports the safe integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the nation’s airspace. LAANC ... Read More »

Matrice 210 Grounded – UAS Map Feature – Survey Results

A fantastic list member, Olivier, in Switzerland just brought to my attention that the Matrice 210 is the subject of another flight restriction like the one issued by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. The Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) has posted, “FOCA recommends that drone pilots of DJI Matrice 210 keep their aircraft well away from populated areas. ... Read More »

Garage Structure Fire – Public Safety UAS Flight Debrief with Lessons Learned

Wake Forest Fire Department Firebird 1 Flight Debrief Incident: Garage Structure Fire Location: Wake Forest Flight Time: 30 minutes Mission Goals: Since this was a joint department event and Northern Wake was in command the goal became to use the incident as a data gathering flight and be ready to provide any information Northern Wake Command may need. What Went ... Read More »