K2 Unmanned Systems recently provided unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) search-and-rescue (SAR) training to the allied agency first responders in California’s Central Valley.
The training took place at SAREX 2016, an event hosted by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with Cal-OES.
K2 Unmanned is home to a drone training academy that provides Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 ground school instruction, as well as in-field flight training. K2 says it trains personnel using custom-built drones, such as the Bullfrog amphibious unit or the Guardian multipurpose unit, which can deliver emergency supplies.
At the event, K2’s FAA-certified trainers and pilots gave classroom and in-field demonstrations on how to integrate UAVs into SAR operations. For example, the SAR units learned how to reduce the cost of traditional aerial operations by using UAVs, increasing the probability of subject detection and becoming more efficient in saving lives by using drones.
“Though some aspects of manned aviation simply cannot be replaced, for a great deal of aviation operations, UAVs are an excellent alternative to flying expensive, traditional aircraft or to complement existing manned aircraft aircraft operations with enhanced aerial capabilities,” says Jason Kadmar, CEO of K2 Unmanned Systems.