If you walked down your street, it’s very likely that at least one of your neighbors is the proud owner of a drone of some sort. The fact is drones are becoming more and more ubiquitous each day.
Fifteen months ago the FAA started requiring drone owners to register their small aircraft if it weighs between 0.55 lbs. (250 grams) and up to 55 lbs. (25 kg). Thanks to this registration we now have an idea of just how many drones are (legally) flying around the United States. How many? Over 770,000.
More than 770,000 U.S. drone registrations have been filed in about 15 months, the Federal Aviation Administration’s Michael Huerta said at a conference on Monday.
“We’re ushering in a new age of American aviation: the unmanned aircraft era. And it’s moving at a quicker pace than anything we’ve seen before,” Huerta said in a speech at the second annual FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Symposium on Monday.