Individuals taking the remote pilot exam had a pass rate of 87.88%, close to the private pilot knowledge test pass rate of 89.44%.

*The data was gathered from a source in the FAA who wished to
remain anonymous.

You’ll notice that when you compare the applications filed to applications approved, it is disproportionate for the first 3 days; however, the TSA, while not catching up fully with the applications filed, responded well by increasing their rate of processing the applications close to that of applications being filed. Many of us were concerned the TSA would be backed up with the surge in applications which would continue to grow and grow.

No one has received a waiver from a post-August 29th filed waiver application. It is going to be interesting coming up. Why? Many of the 333 exemptions filed had manuals that were filed along with the 333 exemption petition. One of my clients, who received a 107 night waiver, had filed a manual specifically designed for night operations. The FAA online portal, where the 398 waivers have been filed, has no way to attach digital manuals to submit along with the waiver request. The FAA at some point will be requesting information from those 398 individuals. One wonders if the waivers will be like wars, easy to start but hard to finish.

Jonathan has prepared a really nice infographic, well worth looking at it.
chart analyzing FAA data
UAG Tests taken based on FAA data
If you go back and look at Dronin’ On, you will see that 1,150 people took the test the first two days. 88% pass was reported then as well. It has remained remarkably consistent. Contrary to what many expected, demand has continued to build. One can only assume that a lot of people decided to take advantage of the many Facebook groups to get the inside track before plunking down their $150. Keep in mind that applicants only had to get 70% right – 42 out of 60.
For context there have already been over 12,000 IACRA applications – the other 7,000 can only be Part 61 applicants – people who already have one or more manned licenses. One would assume that some percentage of them have already been flying under 333.
Considering the forecast for 600,000 commercial drones by September 2017 – each of which will need a pilot – the million dollar question is will there be 25,000 or 50,000 or 100,000 applicants over the next 12 months.
chart showing requests for waivers and authorizations
Requests for Authorizations and Waivers based on FAA data
This chart shows that requests for authorizations are beginning to outstrip the demand for waivers and will continue to do so. No real surprise considering how much space all those five-mile circles take up, especially in populated areas. Eyeballing the two charts, the trendline appears to be a bit steeper for authorizations than it is for licenses.Over time this will be the biggest part of the paperwork.
Note this data was provided on a Part 107 Facebook group page by a person identifying himself as a FAA employee. Hopefully, he will continue to do so. In my opinion, the FAA needs to be transparent about this on an ongoing basis.

read more and download the infographic at jrupprechtlaw.com


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