Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING - Com­piled from staff re­ports

Pflugerville po­lice are now shar­ing the use of a plane with area law en­force­ment agen­cies.

The plane — a Tec­nam Ea­glet sport air­craft — is kept in San Mar­cos and is part of a U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice pro­gram.

Pflugerville will pay for staff time for the pi­lot, fuel and an of­fi­cer who takes pic­tures and pro­vides sur­veil­lance while the plane is flown, ac­cord­ing to a city news re­lease.

As­sis­tant Chief Jim McLean is an au­tho­rized pi­lot for the city and re­cently re­ceived op­er­a­tor train­ing in Mary­land paid for by the Depart­ment of Jus­tice.

The two-seat plane is val­ued at about $130,000, has a wing span of 28 feet, is 21 feet long and is equipped with a dock­ing sta­tion for hand-held po­lice ra­dios, the news re­lease said. It cruises at 110 mph but can slow to 38 mph for sur­veil­lance.

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