Michigan State Police Standardizes UAS Program with Aeryon SkyRanger

By Caroline Rees / 27 Oct 2014

Aeryon SkyRanger UASAeryon Labs Inc. has announced that the Michigan State Police (MSP) has chosen to standardize its state-wide UAS deployment with the Aeryon SkyRanger small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS).

The MSP, a full-service police agency, is currently operating under a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) training certificate of authorization (COA) to train officers in a number of public safety scenarios to prepare for the state-wide roll out. The goal of the UAS program is to enable officers to operate the Aeryon SkyRanger in applications such as critical incident and natural disaster response, search and rescue, traffic accident reconstruction, as well as scene photography.

“After the success of the UAS training scenarios, we look forward to receiving the operational COA for the entire state” explains F/Lt. Chris Bush, Commander Field Support and Aviation Section, Michigan State Police Special Operations Division. “Our emergency response and investigation teams are anticipating the benefits of using the Aeryon SkyRanger in the field.”

The Aeryon sUAS will enable the immediate, safe, and reliable capture of high quality aerial imagery and data – faster, more accurately, and more cost-effectively than manned aircraft or traditional ground-based methods for collecting information and evidence.

“For the Michigan State Police agency to provide operational UAS capabilities for 83 counties is a significant deployment, especially with training operators who might not have previous experience flying unmanned systems,” commented Aeryon Labs President & CEO, Dave Kroetsch. “We know that the Aeryon SkyRanger’s easy-to-use interface will help speed up the roll out process and ensure that first responders can gain critical field data quickly and accurately.”

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