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Phone: 517-335-9900 or Email
After hours: 517-241-8000 or OperationsLts@michigan.gov
MSP's Aviation Unit works closely with all Michigan law enforcement agencies, as well as the Michigan National Guard and the United States Coast Guard air stations.
- Search and Rescue
- Traffic Enforcement
- Traffic Control
- Aerial Observation
- Border and Drug Team Surveillance
- Inland Search and Rescue
- Investigative and Administrative Flights
- Marijuana Eradication
- Thermal Imagery
- Suspect/Evidence Transports
- Special Events Security and Surveillance
Current personnel include four full-time pilots and three full-time tactical flight officers (TFOs), multiple part-time TFOs, two full-time civilian mechanics, and one full-time civilian scheduler to meet MSP's 24/7 operational needs.
The Aviation Unit has a fleet of aircraft based out of Lansing's Capital Region International Airport, with satellite offices in Saginaw and Ypsilanti. Aircraft include a Beech King Air 90, Cessna 182R, Bell 206L3, Bell 407GX, and three Aeryon SkyRanger Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs). Aviation also uses a downlink truck, which receives live video feeds from the helicopters or UAS, providing ground commanders with increased situational awareness of critical incidents.