Unmanned Aircraft System Team

UAS team membersThe City of Fredericksburg Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) team was formed in 2016. All pilots are part 107 Federal Aviation Administration certified and are required to recertify every two years. Team members go through an intensive selection process to become a member of the team. The Fredericksburg UAS Team abides by Virginia Code 19.2-60.1 and 14 CFR Part 107, sUAS Operations.

The sUAS team responds and assists with:

  • accident investigations
  • crime scene investigations
  • missing persons
  • special events
  • K9 tracks
  • dive team search & rescue
  • HazMat situations
  • tactical operations

The team is also called upon from other Departments within the City to assist them as needed. The Fredericksburg UAS Team does not monitor or collect any cell phone communications and is not used for routine surveillance or patrolling.

The sUAS pilots train monthly with several different types of scenarios and challenges, to include a proficiency course. The team also trains with the Special Equipment Tactical Team, Tactical Field Force Team, and Project Lifesaver team, and participates in Incident Command System training. The Fredericksburg sUAS team also assists and trains with other jurisdictions in the region.