MABAS-Illinois Moves Forward to Develop Mutual Aid Drone Program


Since February of 2018, MABAS Illinois UAS Working Group has been working diligently to develop standards for interoperability of specialist drone teams throughout the state of Illinois and beyond. MABAS’s drone teams would be eligible as FEMA Type 1 UAS Teams, trained and equipped to deploy state of the art drone assets in support of specialized operations such as Search and Rescue, HAZMAT, Water, Ice and Dive Rescue and others. MABAS is currently negotiating with the FAA the specifics of a Certificate of Authorization to allow MABAS’s teams more latitude to conduct lifesaving operations than traditionally allowed by the Part 107 regulations. The MABAS UAS Working Group is currently finalizing recommendations and intends to have a policy recommendation finalized by year’s end.