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Indy DPS Eyeing Drones

FAA Still Must Approve Use

8/26/2013

Indianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs says the city may eventually add another high-tech tool to its public safety arsenal. Drones.

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However, Riggs says authentic drones are still years away. Riggs says drones are cheaper than helicopters to operate, but the Federal Aviation Administration hasn't yet approved them for extensive use by public safety departments in major cities. Riggs says drones are winged aircraft that are smaller than normal aircraft and are flown by remote control. He says safety concerns remain because drones would interfere with the flight patterns of passenger planes.

However, he says some areas like south Texas use them for things like border patrol. He says the FAA is cautiously reviewing how cities might be able to use them safely.

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