Two of Wolf’s investigators, Joe Hubert and Mike Harkness, are FAA Certified Remote Pilots. This authorizes them to operate Wolf’s quadcopter UAS (unmanned aircraft system) to capture images and video footage at incident sites, such as vehicular crashes, fires and construction sites. We then use this footage for analysis and presentations.
The advantages of using a UAS for image and video acquisition include:
· Safety. Many incident sites are unsafe because of structural integrity loss from explosions and fires or inaccessibility.
· Efficiency. Capturing evidence data may be done more quickly using a quadcopter than by conventional methods.
· Comprehensiveness. Sometimes UAS technology can capture and preserve critical data that cannot be captured in any other way.
· Effectiveness. When it’s important for viewers to be able to see site details quadcopters offer views not available by ground-based methods.
FAA Certified Remote Pilots must follow strict FAA rules to operate the UAS. Mike and Joe follow these rules to ensure full FAA compliance and the integrity of their investigations.