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We offer one, two, and three day courses of instruction including classroom and flight training. 

Tactical flight training in the customer’s aircraft is available on request to demonstrate/practice the material learned in the classroom.

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Tactical Flying specializes in providing fundamental and advanced training to agencies that provide helicopter patrol support to ground units. Aviation and officer safety are prioritized at all times. Much of the training also applies to fixed-wing operations that use thermal imagers in support of ground units.

Tactical Flying Classroom Training SessionGround units rely on aircrews to provide them with officer-safety and tactical information. When aircrews fail to provide this information, ground units can be exposed to unnecessary and increased risks, and suspects are more likely to escape. A less effective air unit is less valuable to ground units, and in these days of tight budgets, air units must be safe and effective.

How aircrews perform their missions is just as important as the type of missions they perform. For example, some tactical missions, which were historically flown low level, can now be flown much higher and faster, with a higher degree of success. The tactics and technology that make this possible not only increase the aircrew’s effectiveness, it simultaneously improves aviation safety while reducing aircrew workload and aircraft flyover noise. Noise complaints are reduced while aviation safety and tactical effectiveness are increased.


Many pilots and Tactical Flight Officers never receive any formal training in Public Aircraft Operations, yet most airborne law enforcement units in the United States are Public Aircraft operators.

Tactical Flying Classroom TrainingAirborne law enforcement managers often have little or no aviation experience, which can cause inefficiencies within the unit. Nothing in the traditional training background of a law enforcement supervisor prepares them for what they’ll encounter in the aviation industry. This doesn’t mean that they can’t become good air unit supervisors, but they do need to have a good understanding of aviation related legal issues, including Public Aircraft Operations and civil liability. These issues are addressed in the legal section of the classroom training.


Is your agency new to airborne law enforcement? Are you preparing to acquire new aircraft, or equip new or existing aircraft with new technology? What technology do you need to perform your missions? How should it be installed? Where do you start?

The alternatives in aircraft and equipment selection, and cockpit configurations can be daunting, not to mention expensive – especially if the wrong choices are made. Agencies sometimes make the mistake of acquiring aircraft or technology that doesn’t best suit their mission requirements, or technology gets installed in a manner that makes its use problematic. This can negatively impact a unit’s safety and effectiveness.

Night Patrol OperationsIs your aviation unit operating to industry standards? Does the unit have an Operations and Safety Program Manual that accurately reflects the way the unit operates? Is there an effective safety program in your unit to analyze, reduce or eliminate risk? Are personnel appropriately trained for the duties they’re required to perform? Are missions being performed in the same manner they were decades ago, simply because “we’ve always done it that way”? Do your mid and upper level managers understand why their oversight of the aviation unit is necessary for aviation safety?

An airborne law enforcement unit is a complex industry within an industry. It’s often a square peg in a round hole. Tactical Flying can help your agency better understand how to integrate its aviation unit with the parent agency, helping to create a unit that operates safely and effectively.