More Drones Means More Encounters With Police Helicopters | WFAE

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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