Drone Pilots October 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 October 1, 2018. If this is interesting or you want more information, get in touch.

Remote Pilot Certifications

As of October 1 2018, there are at least 67,631 pilots with a part 107 UAS (drone) certificate. Following the 60% rule, that gives 112,700, an increase of 4,700 in the last month.

number of part 107 certificates granted

Part 107 Waivers

As of today, there have been 2,149 waivers granted to 1,977 individuals at 1,685 companies. That represents an increase of 129 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 1975
107.41 Operation in controlled airspace 106
107.35 Operation of multiple small unmanned aircraft 38
107.31 Visual line of sight aircraft operation 24
107.51(b) Altitude 17
107.39 Operation over human beings 14
107.33(b) Visual observer 14
107.51(d) Minimum distance from clouds 10
107.51(c) Minimum visbility 10
107.33(c)(2) Visual observer 8
107.25(b) Operation from a moving vehicle or aircraft 4
107.51(a) Maximum groundspeed 1
107.39(b) Operation over human beings (covered) 1
107.39(a) Operation over human beings (part of operation) 1
107.33(c) Visual observer 1

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