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The newest addition to the Michigan State Police aviation unit is a high-tech remote-controlled helicopter, better known as a drone. Pilots have been training on it for almost a year and they hope to get Federal Aviation Administration approval in the next 30 days to use it across the state.
“We’re just waiting for the FAA to come and take a look at our program,” said 1st Lt. Chris Bush.
According to the Lansing State Journal, State Police want to use it for search and rescue missions, barricaded gunmen, and even natural disaster damage assessments.
But they aren’t the only ones who want eyes in the skies.
The drone industry is poised to boom in Michigan and around the world. Hobbyists, entrepreneurs and businesses are finding new ways to use a technology that seemed like science fiction just a few years ago.