Choosing the right equipment for your police drone program can be confusing. That's why we've put together this helpful guide to finding the right law enforcement drone equipment.Read More
2/6/2019 - DroneBelow
Most of the attention on drones around the NFL Championship Game in Atlanta has been focused on the dozen or so drone operators snagged by the FBI for illegally flying ahead of the big game. But drones were also being used to help secure the very same event.
2/4/2019 - AOPA.COM
Days before Intel launched its Shooting Star drone formation to spell out “ONE” and “LOVE” during Maroon 5’s performance of She Will Be Loved, Skyfire Consulting co-founder Matt Sloane led a team of pilots to a rooftop near the stadium to set up overwatch with a tethered DJI quadcopter. It might not have been the most exciting kind of flying, but it was another validation that for all the trouble drones can cause (notably, disrupting operations at major airports in recent weeks), they’re also valuable tools to law enforcement and security agencies.
9/4/17 - 11 Alive News
11Alive spent some time with Dan Parker, a pilot for the Atlanta Drone Group.
"We do work in film and T.V.," he said. "We do live broadcasting for news." Parker is a licensed commercial drone pilot. "As someone who wants to do this correctly and legally, seeing people do things somewhat rogue and against the rules and, uh, dangerous - it's frowned upon," he said.
8/28/17 - CNBC
Fire departments have a new tool at their disposal in determining the fastest way to put out a fire: drones. Unmanned aerial vehicles are being sent to fire locations as scouts, using gas sensors and cameras with thermal imaging technology to help first responders in their rescue efforts.
7/19/17 - Akron News Reporter
In the right place at the right time. That was the exact circumstance for Dusty Birge on a hot July afternoon, nearly two weeks ago. Birge was a passing motorist after a train sparked a fire July 6 just east of Otis, and igniting several fires to nearly Platner.
7/12/2017 - Akron News Reporter
During the efforts to contain the fire, a passing motorist, Dusty Birge of SkyFire Consulting and UAV Recon, stopped to ask the AVFD if he could use his drone to assist in locating hot spots. Akron crews quickly obliged, and the drone, equipped with a thermal imaging camera, was used to check for hot spots after the fire was fully contained.
6/29/17 - Advantagenews.com
“Ultimately, its resources are endless,” Detective Jared Fravell of the Investigations Division said. “It’s just an extension of law enforcement itself.” One of the department’s six pilots, Patrol Deputy Darren Onwiler, demonstrated the drone’s payload capability as he steered it to an officer in a pickup truck and dropped a life jacket. Onwiler also maneuvered the drone near a utility tower and zoomed in for a close-up view of bolts as he operated the machine from a screen-equipped controller.
6/16/17 - Newsweek
Sloane, of Skyfire Consulting, which has worked with 45 fire and police departments, says he understands those worries. “We definitely see some of that resistance, as far as privacy is concerned, on the law-enforcement side,” he says. “One of the things that we tell our clients right at the beginning is get public support on this.” He adds, “There is a lot less controversy when it comes to fire departments, because I think everybody realizes that the fire department is there to help.”
5/1/17 - aopa.org
“I had literally just gotten a Phantom 2 the day before,” Sloane recalled in a telephone interview, referring to the popular, small quadcopter made by DJI that helped create a consumer unmanned aircraft systems industry. After the program, four fire chiefs approached Sloane asking for help integrating unmanned aircraft into their emergency response arsenal. Sloane got hold of his friend Ben Kroll, a CFI and Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilot with thousands of hours logged.
5/31/17 - Lamorinda Weekly
The UAV, an Inspire 1 model manufactured by SZ DJI Technology Company was purchased with a recent $10,000 gift from RESCUE ONE Foundation. The drone was outfitted with two swap-out upgrades: a high-resolution camera and a FLIR infrared camera. The drone can carry a payload of two pounds, making it capable of ferrying a small first aid kit or portable radio to a victim who can't be reached from the ground.
6/29/2017 - Smartfirefighting.com
The Matrice 200 flagship model, available right now, is single-camera, dual-battery, and IP43 weather resistant. The battery system is fully enclosed, which means heat from the battery will help keep the drone warm, and improves performance in cold weather. The drone flies for up to 40 minutes, and also has an on-board FPV camera, for looking forward to see where the drone is facing.
5/15/17 - DJI Enterprise News
The suburbs of Decatur, Georgia host the typical daytime scene. Families relax inside, couples walk their impatient dog along the regular neighborhood route, and kids joyously run up and down the sidewalks along South McDonough Street. But at one address, a growing plume of smoke rises, jolting this peaceful community into full alarm.
4/28/17 - Newsledge.com
Consulting companies have already sprung up to help departments in all 50 states. SkyFire Consulting is owned and operated by former public safety officials to help local agencies with training, and certification with drones. The company also promises to help obtain a blanket COA from the FAA to operate in restricted zones.Read More
8/13/16 - Journal & Courier
Tippecanoe County Sheriff Barry Richard told the Journal & Courier Tuesday that he is poised to spend $18,000 on a drone helicopter for the sheriff's office. By Friday, however, Richard revised his statement, saying, “That’s depending on what equipment we end up with and the training costs.
4/18/16 - UAS Magazine
Despite its unique offerings, Erdberg says his potential civilian commercial clients are still not in tune with the advantages of a tethered platform for certain situations. To help showcase DAC’s tethered platform capabilities, Erdberg has formed a partnership with Skyfire, a UAV consulting firm that serves emergency responders. “We thought they would be a great partner to get our product into the hands of first responders,” he says. Erdberg has also held discussions with first responder groups in Florida and Georgia.Read More
3/15/16 - The Journal Gazette
In the future, Wymer is hoping to use the unmanned aircraft in less picturesque settings – supporting Wayne Township firefighters in all kinds of situations, from hazardous material spills to search-and-rescue operations. Wymer is one of seven Wayne Township firefighters who were trained to fly the department’s two new drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles. Capt. Mike Pruitt, the department’s spokesman, said Wayne Township is the first fire department in Indiana to use drones.Read More
1/14/2016 - UAS Magazine
After time spent at DAC’s facility in Florida, the Skyfire team agreed to educate and explain the tethered system to its firefighting-consulting clients. In addition to training and education on specific platforms, the consulting group also helps to highlight potential government grants or funding options available to first responders for the purchase of UAS.Read More
1/25/2019 - CBS 46
Matt Sloane is the CEO of the Atlanta Drone Group. He works with hundreds of police and fire agencies across the country, teaching first responders about the benefits of drones.
“Once you put a drone with a camera attached into the air, it gives you a different perspective on everything,” says Sloane.Read More
1/25/2019 - PoliceOne.com
A key attraction at SHOT Show every year is the Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP), which features presentations on the application of technology and training methods, and the latest strategies for successful response and engagement on scene. As part of the session titled Counter Ambush: Care Under Fire, the use of drones for surveillance, tracking and delivery of materials was addressed.