AIRBORNE LAW ENFORCEMENT TACTICS & THERMAL IMAGING TRAINING
Tactical Flying specializes in providing fundamental and advanced training to agencies that provide helicopter patrol support to ground units. Aviation and officer safety are prioritized at all times. Much of the training also applies to fixed-wing operations that use thermal imagers in support of ground units.
Ground units rely on aircrews to provide them with officer-safety and tactical information. When aircrews fail to provide this information, ground units can be exposed to unnecessary and increased risks, and suspects are more likely to escape. A less effective air unit is less valuable to ground units, and in these days of tight budgets, air units must be safe and effective.
How aircrews perform their missions is just as important as the type of missions they perform. For example, some tactical missions, which were historically flown low level, can now be flown much higher and faster, with a higher degree of success. The tactics and technology that make this possible not only increase the aircrew’s effectiveness, it simultaneously improves aviation safety while reducing aircrew workload and aircraft flyover noise. Noise complaints are reduced while aviation safety and tactical effectiveness are increased.
Many pilots and Tactical Flight Officers never receive any formal training in Public Aircraft Operations, yet most airborne law enforcement units in the United States are Public Aircraft operators.
Airborne law enforcement managers often have little or no aviation experience, which can cause inefficiencies within the unit. Nothing in the traditional training background of a law enforcement supervisor prepares them for what they’ll encounter in the aviation industry. This doesn’t mean that they can’t become good air unit supervisors, but they do need to have a good understanding of aviation related legal issues, including Public Aircraft Operations and civil liability. These issues are addressed in the legal section of the classroom training.