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Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS)

Civil Air Patrol boasts the largest Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) program in the United States. Illinois Wing was one of the first five units in the nation to adopt this exciting program, acquired drones and began training remote pilots back in 2016.

This page was designed to brief our members, prospect members, and (more importantly) other entities such as government organizations, fire departments, police department and similar that may be in need of such resources for remote imaging, search and rescue and disaster recovery.
 

Capabilities

  • Aerial Search & Rescue (SAR)

    • Remote Aerial Imaging (search patterns or adhoc)

    • Infrared & Thermal Imaging (FLIR) for locating missing persons\vehicles

    • Aerial Radio Direction Finding (Frequency/Mode Agile)

  • Disaster Recovery

    • Orthophotomosaic Imaging of both large and small scale image mapping (6 centimeter resolution)

    • Infrared & Thermal Imaging (FLIR) for locating victims
       

Equipment

The following drones are either immediately available for mission deployment or can be requested as-needed (sometimes in 1 day delivery time for bonafide missions):

IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE

MAKE

MODEL

TYPE

DURATION

CAPABILITIES

RC Timer

F800

Hexacopter

12 Mins

Large camera platform, >5lb payload

DJI

Phantom 3

Quadcopter

28 Mins

2.7K/12MP Camera, Aerial Radio Direction Finding (frequency agile)

DJI

Mavic Mini

Quadcopter

28 Mins

2.7K/12MP Camera, tiny portable, rapid deployment

AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

MAKE

MODEL

TYPE

DURATION

CAPABILITIES

DJI

Phantom 4 Pro

Quadcopter

25 Mins

4K/12MP Camera, 1 unit equipped with multi-spectral cameras (R,G,B, O, Cy, NIR) – 20MP MAPIR Survey 3 cameras

DJI

Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual

Quadcopter

30 Mins

Dual 4K/12MP EO camera with 160x120 IR sensor, Has mountable speaker and spotlight

InstantEye

MK-3 Gen4

Quadcopter

30 Mins

ISR\HLS Version, Gimbaled 4K EO camera w\ 640x512 IR, Can mount MAPIR Survey 3 20MP camera, AFSOC approved non-COTS sUAS (DOD use), Mount to carry/drop 3lb object (20 mins)

DJI

Inspire 2

Quadcopter

30 Mins

Zenmuse X5S Camera (5.6K, 20MP camera), 1 downward sensor, Images are georeferenced

Skylark

Endurance Quadcopter

Quadcopter

40 Mins

MAPIR Survey 3, 20MP (R,G,B) camera which can be interchanged to multispectral

DJI

Matrice 210 RTK

Quadcopter

35 Mins

Real Time Kinematics, 2cm GPS accuracy, 1 upward or 2 downward sensors, Z30 Camera 5K+\20 MP, 30x Optical (6x Digital) for 180x zoom, ZXT2 4K/12 MP camera w/ 640x480 IR

Event 38

E384

Fixed-wing

90 Mins

Sony R10C 20MP mapping camera, Size and flight characteristic similar to RQ-11 Raven

 

Requesting Services

If you are a government agency, fire department, police department or similar in need our Small Unmanned Aerial Systems for imaging, search and rescue, or disaster recovery, please don't hesitate to contact us. In many cases we already have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place with agencies across the state of Illinois... but if not, let's begin the dialog. Please scroll down to the "Contact Us" section below to make your request. We are ready to assist you.
 

Training

CAP members, check back here soon for updates here on how you too can get licensed and qualified to participate in our drone program. Updates should be posted in November 2019.
 

Program Updates

Our program is rapidly evolving as we board board more resources, regulations change and technology advances. Therefore our national headquarters is constantly updating our strategies; You can view the latest program briefings on their webpage at:

     https://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/programs/emergency-services/small-unmanned-aerial-systems-operations/program-updates
 

Contact Us

If you have questions or comments please feel free to contact our Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Officer:

Capt Gary Brown
EMAIL: gbrown@ilwg.cap.gov
PHONE: 630-660-8231

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