It’s Official, Drone Operators Now Outnumber Licensed Pilots

///It’s Official, Drone Operators Now Outnumber Licensed Pilots

It’s Official, Drone Operators Now Outnumber Licensed Pilots

Thanks to recent comments made by FAA Administrator Micheal Huerta, we now know that there are more registered drone operators than licensed pilots. Huerta was speaking with a legal forum when the comments were made.

FAA Administrator Micheal Huerta said more than 325,000 people have registered their drones as of Feb. 8, the latest figures reported by the federal agency. That number surpasses the 320,000 piloted aircraft registered with the FAA.

Friday Marks FAA Deadline to Register Drones

With today marking the FAA drone registration deadline, the question still looms, “Will this new drone registration process have any real positive effect?”

“In my opinion, the bottom line of registering these drones is almost useless,” said aviation consultant Denny Kelly. “It’s a start and a step in the right direction.”

HobbyTown USA’s Tony White, who has been flying UAVs for decades said he thinks FAA registration is the first step toward licensing and certification, even for recreational drone users.

Friday Marks FAA Deadline to Register Drones

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