For last night’s SAR training, Coquitlam SAR invited a local hobbyist to demonstrate his Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and answer questions about their performance characteristics for the team and members of Ridge Meadows SAR.
For the purposes of this article, a UAV is simply a radio controlled aircraft. The RC hobby is quite an old pursuit, but recent developments in technology have made components cheaper, and hint at the possibilities for Search and Rescue use.
Elliott Humphry, Coquitlam resident and UAV enthusiast has been flying fixed and rotary wing aircraft for three years and came to our attention via a YouTube video where he flew one of his UAVs to the top of Mount Robie Reid on Stave Lake.[pl_video type=”youtube” id=”7dLbobvbU5E”]
Additionally, team member Robert Sell (who recently posted a video about what is in his SAR back) has been developing his own Hexacopter in his spare time, and he brought it to demo for the team.
There is clear interest in the SAR community in using UAVs to make Search and Rescue more efficient and safer.