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Civil Air Patrol boasts the largest Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) program in the United States. Delaware Wing was one of the first five units in the nation to adopt this exciting program, acquired drones and began training remote pilots back in 2016.

This page was designed to brief our members, prospect members, and (more importantly) other entities such as government organizations, fire departments, police department and similar that may be in need of such resources for remote imaging, search and rescue and disaster recovery.
  • Aerial Search & Rescue (SAR)
    • Remote Aerial Imaging (search patterns or adhoc)
    • Infrared & Thermal Imaging (FLIR) for locating missing persons\vehicles
    • Aerial Radio Direction Finding (Frequency/Mode Agile)
  • Disaster Recovery
    • Orthophotomosaic Imaging of both large and small scale image mapping (6 centimeter resolution)
    • Infrared & Thermal Imaging (FLIR) for locating victims


Requesting Services
If you are a government agency, fire department, police department or similar in need our Small Unmanned Aerial Systems for imaging, search and rescue, or disaster recovery, please don't hesitate to contact us. In many cases we already have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in place with agencies across the state of Illinois... but if not, let's begin the dialog. Please scroll down to the "Contact Us" section below to make your request. We are ready to assist you.

CAP members, check back here soon for updates here on how you too can get licensed and qualified to participate in our drone program. 


    - sUAS Training Material

Program Updates
Our program is rapidly evolving as we board board more resources, regulations change and technology advances. Therefore our national headquarters is constantly updating our strategies; You can view the latest program briefings on their webpage at:


Below are links to Civil Air Patrol small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) information.  Click on a link to get to the specific information.
    - Overarching Guidance
    - Briefings
    - sUAS Operations Manuals
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