Arlington to Add to Fleet of Drones

City council approves $202,000 for project

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    Arlington recently approved funding to add more helicopters to its fleet of unmanned aircraft.

    A North Texas city that tested helicopter drones will buy two of the small aircraft to record video and take photos.

    The Arlington City Council on Tuesday approved spending $202,000 for the battery-powered drones to be used by police.

    Arlington May Use Unmanned Drones

    [DFW] Arlington May Use Unmanned Drones
    Arlington police got a grant from the FAA to fly unmanned aircraft, like the one purchased for the Super Bowl, over urban areas. (Published Wednesday, May 4, 2011)

    Police tested several of the remote-controlled helicopters during the Super Bowl.

    At only about 4-feet long, they look a lot like model aircraft and weigh only 11 pounds.

    Arlington has been working with federal agencies on the testing program.