Texas Flood SAR operations


The Podcast has been on a bit of a hiatus as we just can’t fit everything in during the SUSB Expo. However, this one was too good to let pass. So, I figured we had better try and capture some of what Gene had been though, flying and acting as the Air Boss for SAR operations in the aftermath of the recent flooding in Teas.

Gene recounts the events that include some of the following –

“Memorial Day of 2015 will be one of the most memorable in my life both personally and professionally.  Wimberley is my home and we saw a flood of millennial proportions – one the likes has not been seen for 1000 years. My town will be forever changed by that event and our sincerest condolences are with those families that lost loved ones.  Also, there were many brave people who did their best to minimize those losses and respond to those in need.  Agencies from the local, to the state, the federal level have and continue to participate in the recovery and rebuilding process of Wimberley.  In a very small part, I participated with the Wimberley Fire Department as their Chief Unmanned Aircraft pilot to bring this technology to bear.  The Federal Aviation Administration answered our requests for control of the airspace and the issuance of emergency certificate of authorizations (eCOA) when communications were a challenge.  In what has been a vindication of proposals offered in the past, this disaster has proven that unmanned and manned assets can be used to assist in these situations.”

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Patrick Egan
Editor in Field, sUAS News Americas Desk | Patrick Egan is the editor of the Americas Desk at sUAS News and host and Executive Producer of the sUAS News Podcast Series, Drone TV and the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition. Experience in the field includes assignments with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Battle Lab investigating solutions on future warfare research projects. Instructor for LTA (Lighter Than Air) ISR systems deployment teams for an OSD, U.S. Special Operations Command, Special Surveillance Project. Built and operated commercial RPA prior to 2007 FAA policy clarification. On the airspace integration side, he serves as director of special programs for the RCAPA (Remote Control Aerial Photography Association).