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Top 5 Apps for Public Safety Drone Pilots - Plus One

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 AVARE SECTIONAL CHART APP

 

This app is created by and for manned aviation, but it’s an excellent tool for drone pilots as well. In my travels, I find it invaluable for determining airspace in an unfamiliar area. As shown in the reference picture, I’m on the edge of CLASS E airspace and of course, that means I can use the full 400’ AGL and clear obstructions up to 700’ AGL. The included sectional charts are downloads, so you’ll still have your map in rural areas.
AVARE FOR PUBLIC SAFETY DRONE OPERATIONS
Along with sectional charts, you’ll get nearby airport details, METARS (weather reports), TFR’s...

Getting a FAA COA for Your Agency

In my daily visits with agencies across the country, I find the biggest source of confusion concerning the topic of drones is how to fly legally. My aim in this article is to help eliminate that confusion, and potentially save your agency thousands of dollars in consulting and training fees. To do so I’ve prepared a basic process and prepared some vital resources to make the job of being legal easy, and at worst…much easier than figuring it out on your own.

The Two Paths

Currently, there are two legal mechanisms provided by the FAA for drone operations. The most recent, Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate is in lay terms a driver’s license for drones. The other is a COA...

END OF THE SURVEILLANCE VAN

END OF THE SURVEILLANCE VAN: Maybe…and there are some excellent alternatives

covert surveillance vanFor many agencies, the notion of using a surveillance van has long since passed, and for most…that notion may have never occurred. Why? At the very top of the list is the expensive price tag just to buy a surveillance van, never mind the expense of maintaining and manning a van. Outside of the dollar figure, vans are typically complicated to use, prompting repeated training. Speaking of complication, keeping a surveillance van from getting-made these days is a trick in-and-of-itself. And lastly, who in their right mind would ever want to spend hours confined in a steel...

BOSSIER DEPUTY DEPLOYS DRONE TO FIND RUNAWAYS

 

BOSSIER DEPUTY DEPLOYS DRONE TO FIND TEEN RUNAWAYS IN THE WOODS A drone operator with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office used thermal imaging and located three teen runaways as they were hiding in the wooded area off of Highway 80 around 10:30 p.m. last week. Around 10:15 p.m. on March 8, Bossier Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the Haughton area to help search for three teen male juveniles who had run away from Camp Minden’s Youth Challenge Program. They were reportedly seen near Highway 80 just west of Camp Minden, and a Haughton Police Department officer informed the deputies that he saw the teenagers run into the...

We asked 86 burglars how they broke into houses

What burglars said were the biggest deterrents, what didn't stop them and how you can protect your home.

Hat's off to the investigative team at KGW8 Portland who surveyed convicted burglars to come up with an up-to-date list of how burglars do what they do.  Additionally, in the survey, burglars provide some honest answers on how to thwart their crimes.

Even for those still active in public safety, you'll likely learn something new from this study...or, get a fresh reminder to practice what you preach.  At very least, this study is excellent material to share on your personal or agency social media account...it's bound to help someone!  

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