How does a UAS work?

Simply stated, UAS fly using a sophisticated autopilot system that assists the pilot when flying the aircraft manually, or has the ability to fly the aircraft by itself using a pre-loaded flight plan designed by the pilot for that specific mission. The UAS is powered by a battery system and during flight the aircraft sends a constant stream of information to the pilot including altitude, heading, bearing, airspeed, position, battery levels, and a live video feed from the aircraft mounted camera system. If there is a loss of communication or the batteries are getting too low, the aircraft has the ability to automatically return to the point of takeoff or gently land immediately.

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1. What is a Drone?
2. How does a UAS work?
3. What kind of training do the pilots receive?
4. What are the specs of your UAS?
5. Do other enforcement agencies operate UAS?
6. How do you intend to use your UAS?
7. When can you use a UAS without a search warrant?
8. How much do they cost?
9. What restrictions are in place to protect citizen’s civil liberties and privacy concerns?
10. Can you legally fly over my property?
11. Does the UAS carry weapons?
12. Can the UAS be hacked with the controls taken over by someone else?
13. Can the Blaine Police Department be hired by a resident or business to fly the systems for commercial use?
14. Can citizens buy their own UAS and fly them?
15. Will my privacy be impacted?