The Washington State Legislature directed the Joint Transportation Committee (JTC) to evaluate Washington State Patrol's Cessna aircraft fleet.
WSP's aviation section provides aerial traffic enforcement, traffic congestion management, natural disaster response, homeland security, and other aerial law enforcement and public safety services. It operates five Cessna aircraft to accomplish this mission. The Cessnas were purchased between 1999 and 2001.
The Washington State Patrol asked the 2022 Legislature to fund replacement of all five Cessnas over the next four years. This prompted the Legislative request for evaluation of the duties of the aviation section to determine whether there were other options for modernization of the fleet.
The analysis will:
- Assess current use and performance of the aircraft;
- Recommend timing of replacement;
- Evaluate the feasibility and costs of alternative fuel aircraft; and
- Review other potential technologies, including unmanned aerial vehicles.
A final report must be submitted to the JTC by December 1, 2022.
Presented at JTC Meeting 11-15-22:
Evaluation of WSP Cessna Aircraft Fleet
Final Report - Evaluation of Washington State Patrol's Cessna Aircraft Fleet