The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has released an interactive analysis on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Section 333 exemptions. According to the report, that analyzed more than 3,000 FAA exemptions, 38 types of business operations have been approved to fly unmanned aircraft systems commercially in the National Airspace System (NAS).
The report has interactive features that enable users to view the FAA exemption data in easy-to-read graphs and gain unique insight into the current landscape of the UAS industry. Using AUVSI’s web tools, users can isolate state-specific data on the most popular applications for UAS, the most prevalent manufacturers for each type of use, and economic overviews on the companies gaining FAA exemptions.
The complete analysis is available at http://www.auvsi.org/exemptions.
This is a slick piece of work. The thing that really jumps out is how small most of the companies that have been granted 333’s are. Pretty amazing when you consider that many of them had to pony up a grand or more to get help with the paperwork.
In my mind this puts to rest any question about whether the big guys are sitting on the sidelines waiting for the FAA to complete their rule making.