More Drones Means More Encounters With Police Helicopters

CMPD helicopter pilots say they are encountering more drones as they patrol above Charlotte. They say it’s partly due to growth in the number of drones, but also a lack of knowledge about the rules.

Coty Brown says he and fellow CMPD pilots are watching more carefully these days as more people send up drones. 

“We’re probably seeing one a week now, where before we were seeing none. Zero. So we’re seeing a lot more infractions,” he says.

CMPD pilots say they’re seeing drones as high as 500 to 600 feet – in some cases a hundred feet above what’s allowed.  

CMPD reports incidents to the FAA, and when possible tries to locate the drone operators. None of the

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