The AMA Education team, AMA’s director of Competitions, and the AMA Foundation were given an opportunity to support police and fire agencies at their recent skills day, held January 19 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center in Indianapolis. Skills Day is an opportunity for public safety agencies to build their proficiency in operating multirotor aircraft, fixed-wing aircraft, and land-based robots. These tools are being used throughout the country to save lives and property.
Setup began at 7 a.m. on a rather cold and icy day.
Before coming to the AMA as the Foundation Director, Steve Haston spent five years as the director of the Hamilton County Indiana Air Support Unit. Having completed more than 200 missions, he can attest to the value of these tools and the training required. Several of these officers and the coordinators of this event are AMA members. As such, they recognized the value of having AMA representatives at this event to provide subject matter expertise, work with officers to build their skills, and demonstrate some of the capabilities of fixed-wing aircraft.
As the day progressed, more cool stuff started to happen!
Several participants received training on the use of FPV and then flew through the skills course, all under the watchful eyes of AMA Education Director Kyle Jaracz and Toby Silhavy, AMA director of Competitions.
Our own AMA Contest Director provided demonstrations throughout the day.