The Kansas Highway Patrol provides airborne public safety services to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and emergency service agencies in the State of Kansas.
Troop T provides support on missions such as:
Search and rescue
Searches for missing persons
Natural disaster assessment and response
Infrastructure patrol and emergency assessment and response
Emergency blood relay flights
Surveillance and evidence gathering
Transporting vital equipment, personnel, and assets
The Patrol has aircraft based in Topeka, Wichita, and Hays. The agency maintains a Bell 407 helicopter, a fixed-wing Cessna 182 RG, and three fixed wing Cessna 206s. The helicopter and 2 of the 206s are equipped with Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR), which allows pilots to see at night by sensing body heat, making it a valuable tool in searching for persons.
Executive Aircraft Operations
The Air Support Unit also operates the State of Kansas Executive Aircraft. The Patrol owns and operates a 2001 King Air 350. It’s twin-engine, turbo-prop plane capable of carrying nine passengers. The Executive Aircraft is based in Topeka and provides Executive transportation for State of Kansas Officials, along with provides all-weather long-distance transportation for public safety personnel or cargo.