SDWG Members Attend NESA
Two South Dakota Wing members attended CAPs National Emergency Services Academy (NESA) in Indiana for two weeks in June. Both worked with CAP’s small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), commonly called drones.
The sUAS program offers CAP and its partner agencies remote-piloted camera drones for search and rescue, disaster relief, damage assessment, and similar missions. CAP had specific training and qualifications for drone pilots and crewmembers.
Col. Mike Beason, the South Dakota Wing director of operations for UAS, was an instructor for the sUAS Basic Course and the sUAS Advanced Course.
2nd Lt. Jim Brown, of Rushmore Composite Squadron, attended both courses as a student. He received CAP Form 5 check rides flying both the Skydio 2 drone and the $35,000 advanced Skydio X2D drone. He has completed most of the requirements toward becoming a UAS Mission Pilot.
NESA offers a variety of training in many ES qualifications. Col. Beason hopes to take a van load of students to next year's training