UAVs Increasing In Popularity With Law Enforcement | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 06.29.15

Airborne 06.30.15

Airborne 07.01.15

Airborne 07.02.15

Airborne 07.03.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 06.29.15

Airborne 06.30.15

Airborne 07.01.15

Airborne 07.02.15

Airborne 07.03.15

 

Mon, Jun 04, 2012

UAVs Increasing In Popularity With Law Enforcement

Unmanned Air Vehicle Use Expected To Increase Significantly

The sheriff's department in Mesa County, Colorado has been using two remote controlled drone aircraft to cover 3,300 square miles of mountainous territory. Ben Miller, who oversees the sheriff's two aircraft said “We save a significant amount of time. It provides a huge resource savings.” This is because for roughly the cost of a new police car, a deputy can track suspects, get live video of an arson scene or search for lost hikers without deploying search teams. The benefits for law enforcement are significant. Mesa County's Ben Miller said the drones cost $3.36 and hour to operate compared to $250 to $600 per hour for a manned aircraft. The buy-in price is anywhere between $30,000 to $50,000.

Businessweek reports that nationwide, around 20 state and local governments and another 24 universities have FAA authorization to fly UAVs. In the future as rules and standards are developed to integrate these aircraft with manned aircraft the number of UAVs is expected to increase.

Mary Scott Nabers, president and chief executive officer of industry consultant Strategic Partnerships Inc., said “They’re going to be used very aggressively in the future. The federal government has allocated billions for these, and state and local governments will follow.”

Additional uses for unmanned aircraft include search and rescue, monitoring water supplies, roads, bridges and spotting forest fires guarantees more of the aircraft will be flying in the years to come. Defense industry consulting firm Teal Group says spending on UAVs will nearly double in the next ten years to $11.4 billion. Philip Finnegan from Teal Group said “Use in the U.S. will clearly be a growth area. Governments that in the past couldn’t afford helicopters can now afford UAVs.”

Two major issues have consistently dogged widespread use of unmanned aircraft in the U.S. First is the safe integration with manned aircraft without causing hazardous conditions for operation. Next are privacy issues. Amie Stepanovich, national security counsel with the Electronic Privacy Information Center said “Governments have been using aircraft for a long time, but if it’s cheaper and easier, it becomes more invasive. There are obvious benefits to drones, but if you buy a drone to monitor fires and then start using it to monitor individuals, we think there needs to be protection.”

FMI: www.faa.gov

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 07.03.15: New Trig Avionics, Cargo Biz Grows, iOS GPS Fix

Also: 'No Drone Zone', Aviation v Media, Women's Air Race Classic, Houston Spaceport, Navy's New A/C Launch System, GA Fly Safe, FAA InFO Trig Avionics tells us they are unveiling >[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.05.15)

"Without question, the arrival of the EA-6B Prowler on the carrier deck established airborne electronic attack as an invaluable, 'don't leave home without it' part of every Navy an>[...]

ANN FAQ: Share Aero-News With Your Friends

Send Them A Story -- We Don't Mind! Do you need another set of eyes to see that story you can't believe Jim just wrote? Want to spread Hognose's unique wisdom and perspective to th>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.05.15): Instrument Approach Procedure

Instrument Approach Procedure A series of predetermined maneuvers for the orderly transfer of an aircraft under instrument flight conditions from the beginning of the initial appro>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.05.15)

Aero Linx: The Air Force Historical Foundation The Air Force Historical Foundation is dedicated to promoting the preservation and appreciation of the history and heritage of the Un>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC