23,000 Licensed US Drone Pilots and Counting According to FAA

FAA says 23,000 licensed drone pilots

On average more than 300 people every weekday in the U.S. have become licensed remote pilots, according to the latest data from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The total number of certified commercial drone operators now tops 23,000 -- we surpassing the initial FAA projections for 2016.

Even more staggering is the number of drone registrations which exceeded 550,000 as of September as is sure to surge even further with the season's holiday shopping. That equates to an average of more than 2,000 new drone registrations per day.

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