Mesa County Sheriff, Colorado receives FAA approval to operate the Draganflyer X6 Helicopter County Wide
Mesa County Sheriff is the first Public Safety Agency to receive an FAA Certificate of Authorization (COA) to operate the Draganflyer X6 helicopter for law enforcement use over a 3,300 square mile area.
This is a significant development because in the past when there was a need to use the Draganflyer X6 helicopter, the Sheriff’s office was required to contact the FAA and request an Emergency COA (eCOA) for the incident at hand. This was time consuming for both the Sheriff and the FAA but even more so, it lead to critical delays in deploying the aircraft.
With this new County Wide approval, the Sheriff’s office is no longer required to contact the FAA each time the aircraft is deployed for use. And this type of approval didn’t come easy. The county wide approval comes after a year or more of in-depth aircraft flight experience, safety practices, program development, use by the agency and the proven solid commitment by the Sheriff’s office to adhere to the FAA practices and policies.
Draganfly is very proud to be one of the first, small unmanned helicopters to receive FAA approval for this use over such a wide area and even more proud of the work, dedication, professionalism and accomplishments of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.
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