pFLUGERVILLE pOLIcING TAkES TO AIR
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.