3000 commercial drone operators in the USA - very soon

Tiaan at sUAS News has recently updated our interactive map of all the current 333 holders ahead of our first guide coming out.

From watching how things grow we can see that the FAA can handle about 300 and a bit new entries a month so sometime soon the number of individual companies will reach 3000.

The FAA website will give a bigger number than that sooner but they add one when people get amendments so its a little misleading. Some companies have had three or four amendments so might count as 4. 

I guess the number of dots on the right of the map tells us that's where all the people are even though California has the most 333's issued. 

It begs the question of when SFAR 107 is adopted, will all these companies have to reapply again or will they be at the head of the queue for the new system??

 

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Comment by Michael Doornbos on January 22, 2016 at 5:39am

One of those is me :-)

Comment by UAS_Pilot on January 22, 2016 at 10:31am

I just applied for mine... :-) Should be about 3-4 months till I get the approval... 

Comment by Dronin on January 22, 2016 at 11:36am

haha more like 6 months


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on January 22, 2016 at 11:50am

Quicker I hope, I know they have employed more folk.

Comment by Michael Doornbos on January 22, 2016 at 11:51am

I sent mine July 2nd and it was issued Nov 17...

Comment by Michael Doornbos on January 22, 2016 at 11:52am

BTW, if you have a pilot's license you can fly under someone else's exemption.

Comment by Paul Meier on January 22, 2016 at 12:00pm

@ Gary

and people are complaining that Gov is not doing enough to tackle unemployment....

Comment by Airflix Drone Solutions on January 23, 2016 at 8:42am

I'm an American Expat certified in Australia, any chance of moving back to the USA and have my Australian certifications and experience translate over to the US system?


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on January 23, 2016 at 9:12am

Not until SFAR 107 goes through. If you have a manned flying qualification it will help though. A couple of European companies have jumped the pond but with US citizens filling the flying posts. Your experience of course will travel anywhere!

Comment by Dronin on January 23, 2016 at 10:07am

Im trying to find some recent articles about SFR 107 but not coming up with anything. Is this the rules for UAVs that the FAA supposedly is going to release in 2017?

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