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ScienceTechnologyPolicing7TuesdayApril9201313041DA213041BEGINNINGMAY1ALBERTANSWILLPAYTHELOWESTPRICEFORGENERICDRUGSINCANADA.ThatmeansmoremoneyreinvestedintohealthandmoresavingsforAlbertanswhopayoutofpocketfortheirprescriptionmedication.Albertaisalsosupportingpharmaciststoprovideyouwithmanyservicestokeepyouhealthy.Theseservicesincluderenewingoradjustingyourprescriptionadministeringyourinjectionsandhelpingyoumanageyourmedications.Tolearnmoreaboutlowergenericdrugpricesandhowgovernmentishelpingpharmacistsserveyoubettervisithealth.alberta.caByRENEFRANCOEURAnewrookiefortheRCMPforcehasownintoYellowknife.TheRCMPGDivisionpurchasedaDraganflyerX4-PasmallunmannedaerialvehicleUAVfor23000lastyeartoassistininvestigationsandtheminihelicopter-likemachinehasnowofciallytakentotheNWTskiesalreadylendingahelpinghand-orrotor-intwovehiclecollisions.TheremotecontrolledDra-ganyerreleasedbytheSas-katoon-basedcompanyDra-ganyInnovationsInc.lastspringfeaturesanonboardcomputerand11sensorstokeepthehelicopterlevelandpointedintherightdirection.Itsmainroleistotakevideoandphotosfromthedangerousorhard-to-reachpositionsofficerscannotaccess.Itbasicallyallowsusgreaterexibilityintermsofevidencegathering.Whenyourelockedinon-groundyoureallydontgetthefullperspectiveastowhatacollisionscenereallylookedlikeStaffSgt.BradKaedingsaid.Intermsofsearchandrescuewithoneoftheseyouhavealotmoremovabilitycapac-ityandcancovergreaterterrainonamuchshortertimescale.YellowknifeRCMPusedtheDraganyertwoweeksagoforacollisiononHwy3aswellasinFebruaryduringthefatalcollisionthatlefttwodeadaftertwosemitrailertruckscrashedabout80kmnorthofFortProvidenceKaedingnoted.Itwasusedtogreatsuc-cesstherebecausetherewereexplosivesinvolvedinthatsothislittlehelicoptercouldgetalotcloserthanwhatwassafeforanyofustogoheexplained.Ithadgoodhighresolutionphotosofwhatthescenelookedlikeandallowedforasaferesponse...Andithelpedusdecidecourseofactiontofollow.Inadditiontohighwayac-cidentstheUAVisalsoausefultoolforcrimescenephotossearchandrescueoperationsandtrainingex-ercisessuchastheannualCanadianmilitarytrainingexerciseforemergencyre-sponseintheArcticOp-erationNanookwhereitwasonhandlastsummer.MadeofhighqualitycarbonberandinjectionmoldedcomponentstheDraganflyerisclassifiedasaircraftandisregu-latedbytheAeronauticsActandTransportCanadaregulations.Itmeasures87cmlongandweighs1.8kg.Itispoweredbylithiumbatter-ieswhichallowfor10to20minutesofyingtimeperchargeandcanyupto120mhighguidedbyacustomhandheldcontrollerwitha2.8-inchtouchscreendis-playingflightdatasuchasGPSpositionaltitudebearingandhelicopterbat-teryvoltage.Thecontrolleralsofeaturesabuilt-indualvideoreceiverthattakesthevideotransmittedfromthehelicopteranddisplayswhatthecameraisseeinginreal-timeonapairofvideogoggles.TwoRCMPofcershavebeenspeciallytrainedtohandlethenewpieceofequipmentandmonitoritsightpath.WhileaerialvehiclesYellowknifeRCMPrecruitfirstDraganflyPhotocourtesyofDraganyInnovationsInc.suchastheDraganflyerhavebeenusedbypoliceacrossthecountryforthepastcoupleofyearsthisisthersttimeonehasowninNWTskies.IknowtheyvebeenusedforquiteawhileinBCandSaskatchewanandthattheyhaveexperiencedsuccesswiththem.Soitsexpand-ingandnowwehaveoneKaedingtoldTheJournal.KaedingdoesntforeseemoreDraganyersmakingtheirwayintoforcesbasedinsmallerNortherncom-munitieshowever.IdontknowhowmuchtheycostbutIknowtheyrenotinexpensiveandIthinkthisisonepieceofequip-mentthatcouldbeusedtocovertheentireNWTbe-causeitissoeasytofoldupandtransportanywherejustbypoppingitintoasuitcaseandontoaplaneifitwasneededinanothercommu-nityhesaid.TheDraganyermadeanappearanceatitsrstpublicdemonstrationlastWednes-dayatthesandpitsoffDehChoBlvd.inYellowknife.Wehavehaditinforseveralmonthsbutnowwerejustgettingthenewsoutthereandmakingpeopleawarethatitsnotsomethingpeoplearegoingtoseey-ingovertheirhomesbecauseitsnotforgeneralsurveil-lanceitisforspecializedpurposesKaedingsaid.WhatstheSCOOPDoyouhaveanideaforastoryorotherinformationtosharewiththenewspaperCALLUS867872-3000