I actually considered listing a VS17 panel, and should have. I was thinking about team-to-team signaling, not team to external air asset. OTOH...not sure how much I want attention I want from an unknown air asset I have no comms with, assuming worst case scenario. But it wouldn't hurt to have, small weight penalty and all. Also, a med kit was missed on the load list, basic stuff.
I'm not interested in arming strangers with uncertain motivations or loyalty. I would arm family, both actual and blue. My neighborhood is large, and has a ton of unknown folks in it.