Drone Pilots November 2018

Here are some statistics on drone pilot activity in the US. I obtained all the data from publicly available sources on faa.gov. The data is current as of November 1, 2018. If this is interesting or you want more information, get in touch.

Remote Pilot Certifications

As of November 1 2018, there are at least 70,882 pilots with a part 107 UAS (drone) certificate. Following the 60% rule, that gives 118,136 112,700, an increase of 5,400 in the last month.

number of part 107 certificates granted

Part 107 Waivers

As of today, there have been 2,201 waivers granted to 2,020 individuals at 1,732 companies. That represents an increase of 52 waivers since last post.

The first waiver to expire does so November of this year. Breakdown of waivers granted by type:

Regulation Type Count
107.29 Daylight operation 2023
107.41 Operation in controlled airspace 106
107.35 Operation of multiple small unmanned aircraft 40
107.31 Visual line of sight aircraft operation 25
107.51(b) Altitude 18
107.39 Operation over human beings 15
107.33(b) Visual observer 15
107.51(d) Minimum distance from clouds 10
107.51(c) Minimum visbility 10
107.33(c)(2) Visual observer 9
107.25(b) Operation from a moving vehicle or aircraft 4
107.39(a) Operation over human beings (part of operation) 2
107.51(a) Maximum groundspeed 1
107.39(b) Operation over human beings (covered) 1
107.33(c) Visual observer 1

The number of total waivers granted over time: number of part 107 waivers granted