“My mind is retracing the last three decades. Thousands of incidents, 11,000 plus hours in the air, everything I’ve seen and accomplished in this fantastic career is embodied in this next patrol flight.”
I call this bringing the “crime into the cockpit”, or analyzing the information, putting all the pieces together and sending down key tactical answers to responding ground units.
I recently had the opportunity to fly on a long cross-country flight in one of our new Airvan 8 platforms. An Air Bear business partner and I had departed Southern California on our way to Colorado to deliver the Airvan to Paravion Technology, one of our ISR integrator partners.
I love a good old fashioned statistical briefing about a police department’s big picture. Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in a briefing provided by a progressive Chief of Police who was exploring the idea of starting an aviation special unit.
“Helicopters have amazing capabilities and will always be desirable for law enforcement because of their ability to hover and land in tight locations. However, no one aircraft type is perfect for every mission.”
“The answer is simple. Fixed-2ing aircraft provide the following three benefits:
- Reduced cost of operations
- Increased time on station (an unblinking eye in the sky)
- Low noise signature for increased stealth”
“The technology I found with the most potential was an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) system known as wide area persistent surveillance (WAPS).”
“How is it possible that an airplane can carry out missions that in the past were reserved for helicopters? The answer is technology.”
“but most agencies are stalled in a status quo mindset…..how is that working out?”
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Selects the GA8 Airvan.
CHP Awards next generation ISR aircraft bid to the Airvan, supplied and integrated by West Coast Aircraft Sales & Air Bear Tactical Aircraft.
Air Bear Tactical Aircraft delivers Mission Ready Patrol Aircraft to California Highway Patrol