In preparation for the finalization of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) final rules for commercial drones, K2 Unmanned Systems – launched by Affordable Engineering Services Inc., a provider of aerospace technology for the U.S. Department of Defense since 1996 – is offering services primarily for first responders and search-and-rescue (SAR) units.
Headquartered in Orange County, Calif, with an additional office in British Columbia, the company says it offers FAA-certified training, flight operations and design engineering for unmanned aircraft.
“Our focus is on the needs of first responders and SAR teams – ‘so others may live,’” says Jason Kamdar, CEO of K2 Unmanned Systems. “In addition, we run a drone training academy for FAA-certified commercial flight operations.”
K2 Unmanned says it is establishing a network of teaming partners in the science, academia and commercial industry sectors, as well as public safety and utilities. Some recent operations include FLIR thermal imaging exercises with the Anaheim, Calif., Fire Dept.; maritime training with the California Whale Rescue team; demonstrations with the South Korean Coast Guard; and field training exercises with the Barstow Desert SAR Squad.
Kamdar continues, “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 operations with another eye in the sky.”