The Civil Guard deploys 171 agents throughout Spain to control the drone flight

The Civil Guard has deployed its "air police" in its 54 commandments, where 171 specialized agents will control the airspace of their areas of influence to prevent the illegal flight of drones or any other aircraft that does not have the relevant authorization.

It was in 2016 when the armed institute created the first Pegaso team (Specialist Police in Aeronautical and Safety Management). And it was in Madrid as a pilot experience, but four years later, after a period of training of the agents, it has been implemented throughout the territory.

In this way, the 171 agents trained will be distributed in the 54 commanders (one for each province, except Asturias and Cádiz that have two).

Teams that will develop functions related to aviation in general, exercising greater control over aerodromes, flight fields, heliports and emergency runways. In sum, according to the Directorate General of the Civil Guard, they will complement the work of the body in Spanish airports.

And as the use of remotely piloted aircraft, commonly known as drones, is increasing, Pegaso teams will be responsible for the prevention and control of incidents related to these devices.

For this, they will have, among other means, the Global Contra Drone System (SIGLO-CD) of the Secretary of State for Security, a system that in the last week has detected 112 flights of these devices.

The 54 Pegaso teams will carry out inspections of facilities and entities related to general aviation (flight schools, leisure companies, professional aeronautical services, etc.), and will provide awareness activities aimed at users of light aviation aircraft and / or drones

They will also investigate criminal acts in these areas, as has been the case in the incident at the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport on February 4, when the airspace had to be closed after a drone was detected.

Sources of these teams have explained that that day the action protocol worked "perfectly" and they have remembered that what prevailed was the safety of the passengers, who at no time was in danger.

Regardless of what emerges from the investigation, the important thing, the sources have added, is that the airspace was immediately closed because the protocol designed in cases like this "is made to ensure the safety of passengers."

Last year alone, the pioneering Pegaso team, the one in Madrid, completed 51 investigations of incidents involving heliports, airfields, aeromodelling clubs, drones, ultralights and paramotors.

Likewise, 9 infrastructures capable of being used for landing and take-off of aircraft without authorization were located, which the Civil Guard constantly monitors so that they are not used.

The deployment of the "air police" will favor the persecution of the use of drones for illicit purposes, such as the transport of drugs, as has already been proven in Andalusia, or the introduction into prisons of prohibited substances or objects.

The initiative, a pioneer according to the armed institute, follows the recommendations of Interpol to act in front of drone incidents and "places the Civil Guard as a unique reference in the European and international context."

In fact, various international organizations have been interested, such as the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe, where the Pegasus will soon be presented.

Already at the national level and as specialized agents, only in the Community of Madrid they have given 24 days of action in front of drone incidents with the participation of local police.

The 171 agents that make up the new “air police” have been trained with the collaboration of the State Air Safety Agency (AESA), the public company Enaire and the Commission of Investigation of Accidents and Incidents of Aviation (CIAIAC).