As of September 28, 2016, 5,552 companies received FAA "333" exemptions allowing limited use of drones for commercial purposes. This program appears to have been replaced by the new Small UAS Rule "Part 107" program that took affect on August 28, 2016 and provides a knowledge-based test to receive a Remote Pilot license allowing commercial use of drones. As of December 6, 22,488 remote pilot licenses have been issued and we anticipate use in construction to accelerate.
ConstructionPro Week is conducting its 3nd annual survey on drone use in the construction industry. We want to find out what experiences you may have had or if you're contemplating drone use in the future. How would you use them? Would you fly them yourself or hire a service firm? Do you have any cost or safety concerns? Have you discerned any best practices in using drones? Take the short ConstructionPro Week survey and tell us what you've learned or what you would like to know! Please click here to take the survey. Respondents will be sent the survey results and receive future coverage of our drone use research. Also, please forward this email to others in your company for their input as well. Thank you.