FAA “has authorised nearly 60,000 Part 107 pilot certificates in the last year”

One year after the Small UAS Rule (Part 107) took effect the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued nearly 60,000 Part 107 pilot certificates since September 1 2017, with a test pass rate of 92%, according to Earl Lawrence, Director of the UAS Integration Office, speaking at an AUVSI webinar “Airspace Integration: How Commercial Drone Operators Can Play a Role and Affect Change” on 21 August.

There are also now nearly 80,000 aircraft registered (79,131) in the USA for commercial drone operations. “Part 107 only allows class G operations without a waiver and it’s amazing to see how many people have been authorised to other classes of airspace and are conducting operations on a daily basis,” said Earl Lawrence.  According to FAA figures 956 Class B airspace waiver authorisations have been provided over the last 12 months along with 1,454 Class C, 3,931 Class D and 684 Class E waivers. Night operations account for 70% of all waiver requests.

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