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State Trooper Aviation Unit


Current Aviation Staff includes 8 State Trooper Pilots, 1 Tactical Flight Officer/Homeland Security Liaison, 4 Aircraft Mechanics, and 1 Secretary. 3 Bases of Operation: Montgomery, Cullman, Fairhope for rapid response at all hours anywhere in the state. Mission includes searches for missing people, including those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and other mental diseases, Manhunts for felony fugitives, Marijuana Eradication, Surveillance Flights, and Aerial Photography of crime scenes to include traffic fatalities. Executive Transport flights and Prisoner Transport Flights are also part of State Trooper Pilots’ missions. DPS Aviation Fleet consists of 2 Rescue Helicopters(Bell 407 and Bell 206 L1), 7 OH-58 Helicopters, 3 Cessna 182 Airplanes, a Piper Navajo (twin engine airplane), and a King Air 200 (Twin Turbo-prop airplane). DPS Aviation averages 2500 hours of flight time annually, with Federal Homeland Security and D.E.A grants assisting with the operational costs of the Unit. DPS is a sponsoring agency to Project Lifesaver, and the DPS Aviation Unit is involved in the training of certified search and rescue operators throughout the state in support of Project Lifesaver. Please visit http://projectlifesaver.org/ to learn more if you have loved ones that wander or frequently get lost.

The aviation unit operates the following aircraft:

Beech King Air 200


Bell 407


Jet Ranger


Bell Jet Ranger