The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Aircraft Division provides a valuable service to the citizens of Missouri and the law enforcement community. The organizational structure of the Aircraft Division consists of 10 pilots, including a division director and an assistant director, two aircraft maintenance specialists, and an administrative office support assistant. The aircraft fleet consists of three helicopters, eight single-engine Cessnas, and one twin-engine Beechcraft King Air 250.
The helicopters, due to their enhanced aerial capabilities, including short haul rescue, assist with searches for wanted and missing persons, surveillance, marijuana eradication, and assessing the damages from natural or man-made disasters. Since the implementation of the FLIR (Forward looking InfraRed) system in late 2009, the Aircraft Division has conducted numerous aerial searches for wanted individuals, as well as missing children and adults. The installation of an aerial mapping overlay system was completed in 2016. Combined with the FLIR technology, the mapping system overlays street names and addresses which greatly improves situational awareness for the helicopter flight crews. This has allowed the Aircraft Division to greatly expand the aerial support for troop operations including assisting with hazardous moving violations (HMV), driving while intoxicated saturations (DWI), speed enforcement and vehicular pursuits.
The single-engine Cessnas aid with traffic enforcement, criminal searches, criminal surveillance, and personnel relays. The King Air provides personnel transport for members conducting criminal investigations, for Command Staff officers on administrative functions, and for elected or appointed officials or other qualified state personnel.
The pilots and support personnel, as well as their airport base location, are below: