This may be the summer we see fewer NYPD and FDNY helicopters and more gov drones... — Brooklynian

This may be the summer we see fewer NYPD and FDNY helicopters and more gov drones...

NYPD and FDNY helicopter traffic seems to be most noticeable during the summer months, in part because residents have their windows open and can hear them operating.

People then utilize online media to try and figure out what situation the helicopters are responding to, and whether they should be afraid.    I've watched the phenomena with some interest over the past few years, because I have a belief the people may be better off not knowing of the situations, and would be blissfully unaware if there wasn't a noisy helicopter overhead to make them wonder and worry.

As technology advances, the use of expensive, noisy helicopters is poised to decline. Shot spotter microphones, quickly deployed agency-operated internet-enabled cameras, drones and other technologies are rapidly maturing.

All of which may allow NYC agencies (FDNY, DOB, OEM and NYPD) to operate in ways which do not arouse the "traditional" public anxiety and curiosity, and instead create slightly different forms of it...


  • That would be nice. The helicopter noise heading out to eastern CH and beyond is deafening. 
  • edited May 2016
    West of Washington Ave, many of the helicopters now seem to relate to Barclays traffic and demonstrations, and the occasional partial collapse of new buildings under construction.

    I wonder if they could create a little drone base on the roof of Burlington Coat Factory.   They could launch them whenever they were needed, and they would then return to the base for charging and storage.

    I doubt that would meet the needs of Mother Gaston and Livonia Blvds.
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