In recognition of the Mesa County, Colo., Sheriff's Office's (MCSO) being one of the first U.S. public-safety agencies to formally start a small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) program, the new National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, D.C., is adding to its collection a Draganflyer X6 UAS.
In 2008, Draganfly Innovations Inc. teamed with the MCSO by providing two Draganflyer X6 sUAS helicopter systems for the sUAS program. From there, the MSCO staff established one of the first public-safety operational Certificates of Waiver or Authorization (COAs). A few years later, it was the first agency to secure approval by the Federal Aviation Administration to extend the COA countywide.
In recognition of these accomplishments and the significance of the program, which paved the way for other U.S. agencies to start operating UAS, the museum – a project of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund – will house one of the X6 systems for research and display.
The 57,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum will be located adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in the city’s Judiciary Square.
Last summer, the Draganflyer X4-ES, which was credited for saving a human life in Canada, joined the permanent collection at the Vertical Flight Exhibit of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.