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NUAIR Alliance Pilots to Train New York State Police on Drone Operations

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced the launch of a new State Police Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) program, which will be used to support law enforcement missions, including disaster response and traffic safety.

State Police members who will operate the UAS will undergo 32 hours of hands-on training with the systems and be Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified by Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) Alliance pilots.

“Gov. Cuomo’s launch of the new State Police UAS program is a progressive step towards integrating this important technology for the betterment of the community. We know UAS technologies hold the potential to support search and rescue missions and improve disaster and emergency responses, while reducing costs,” said Major General Marke F. “Hoot” Gibson (ret), chief executive officer of the NUAIR Alliance.

The first four State Police aerial drones is now in service, including Troop D, which serves seven counties in Central New York. By April 2018, drones will be deployed throughout the entire state.

The NYS Police will use unmanned aerial system technologies for law enforcement and public safety missions, taking advantage of the flexibility and efficiencies that aerial drones provide.