Troop T - Aircraft

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
  • Vehicle pursuits 
  • Counter-drug missions 
  • Natural disaster assessment and response
  • Infrastructure patrol and emergency assessment and response
  • Emergency blood relay flights  
  • Manhunts
  • Active shooters 
  • Surveillance and evidence gathering
  • Traffic enforcement
  • Transporting vital equipment, personnel, and assets
Bell407 helicopter with FLIR

Aircraft 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.