The Aviation Unit provides 24-hour on-call helicopter support to improve the safety of our citizens. The aviation unit conducts surveillance for tracking down suspects, search and rescue, as well as aerial surveillance. There are 6 personnel assigned to the Aviation Unit - three volunteer pilots, and two deputies who serve as tactical flight officers. The pilots have commercial, military, or instructor licenses and are sworn law enforcement officers. All of the unit's maintenance is done in house, with one volunteer mechanic.
The Aviation Unit operates a fully refurbished OH-58C helicopter. The OH-58 is a single-engine five-seat light utility helicopter produced by Bell Helicopter Company. The helicopter was obtained through a government program and operates at no cost to Coffee County.