Aero Squadron

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The Colusa County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) Aero-Squadron is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to providing aerial support to Colusa County Sheriff's Department activities. Originally formed in early 1970s, the Aero Squadron has been an asset to the Sheriff's Office for several decades. Even though it had several years of inactivity, it was revitalized in 2000, and has flown over 20 successful missions in the past decade.


The squadron consists mainly of private pilots, who bring a wide variety of aircraft and flying experience to the squadron. CCSO Aero Squadron support activities include (but are not limited to):

  • Search and rescue
  • Aerial surveillance
  • Crime scene photography
  • General photography for law enforcement purposes
  • Backup for ground units
  • Assist with high speed pursuits
  • General requests that come from ground officers.


At the time of appointment, an Aero Squadron candidate must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen with good character and reputation able to be confirmed by a Sheriff's Office background investigation
  • Prove ownership or immediate access to an appropriately-insured aircraft with a current certificate of airworthiness
  • Hold a current private or higher FAA Pilot Certificate with 200 hours Pilot In Command and hold a current FAA Airman's Medical Certificate
  • Attend regular meetings, required training and calls for duty

For More Information

If you are a pilot, and are interested in our organization, please contact the Colusa County Sheriff's Office (530) 458-0200.