Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Texas all over the map when it comes to drones

The Arlington Police now have permission to fly their unmanned helicopters during daylight hours and below 400 feet in altitude.

Source: Austin American Statesman

Arlington police and the Montgomery County sheriff’s office Arlington police and the Montgomery County sheriff’s office appear to be the only local law enforcement agencies in the appear to be the only local law enforcement agencies in the state that have drones and FAA approval to operate them. state that have drones and FAA approval to operate them. Arlington has two 6-foot-long, battery-powered, miniature Arlington has two 6-foot-long, battery-powered, miniature helicopters that cost about $100,000 each. Montgomery helicopters that cost about $100,000 each. Montgomery County, north of Houston, has gained national attention with County, north of Houston, has gained national attention with its $300,000 jet-fueled Shadowhawk, considered big at 29 its $300,000 jet-fueled Shadowhawk, considered big at 29 pounds and 7 feet in length. Both types of drones were pounds and 7 feet in length. Both types of drones were bought with Homeland Security funds.

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