~ Tim Gillespie / Ed Schrader
The targeted goals of this web site are as follows:
- A quick and easy means to request help/assistance in locating a missing individual. Think of it as the 911 for SAR Drones!
- An easy access tool to information, individuals and technologies …both of which are in regards to the deployment of UAS in a SAR mission/endeavor.
The introduction of remote controlled drones and fixed wing aircraft a few years ago has evolved from the simple enjoyment of flying such as a hobbyist to the highly sophisticated, reasonably affordable and industry focused UAS (unmanned aerial systems) found today and regulated by the FAA (Federal Aviation Association: USA only). The UAS has emerged as to one of the newest and important tools in the SAR industry. The focus of this web site will be on the use of UAS in SAR scenarios and all that is related to it.
Many UAS pilots have opted to help their local communities by volunteering their time, talents and technologies in flying their “drones” in the hope of locating a lost and/or missing individual. Various groups, associations and clubs have been created for this purpose whereas even local LE (law enforcement) agencies now have dedicated members whom are now certified UAS pilots for when such circumstances arise to quickly utilize them.
This web site is not one of those “clubs” or volunteer groups. Our intention is to be the general resource hub to file a missing person request, provide links for information and general UAS SAR training and to keep those who opt for more information to be contacted when such info and/or situations arise.
In general terms, this site is “agnostic” as to whom we affiliate with, yet we encourage and welcome any and all individual and SAR groups/agencies to affiliate themselves and connect with us. Our goal is to also earn the respect and reputation as the “go to UAS SAR web site”.We welcome any and all suggestions, information, comments, ideas, etc. that can prove useful to the UAS SAR community.