Drone attorney Jonathan Rupprecht has found and analyzed some statistics from the first 2 weeks of the new Part 107 test – and the results are stunning. Over 5,000 drone operators took the part 107 test in the first 15 days; compared with just over 9,000 manned aircraft tests in the entire year of 2015. In the infographic below, Rupprecht crunches the numbers on the test; current applications for certificates; and airspace authorization requests.
Rupprecht says that the statistics show that the test is in line with other airman knowledge tests – the pass rate is approximately the same – and that the TSA is keeping up with background checks, processing over 8,000 in the last two weeks.
The waiver process, however, appears to be moving more slowly – the 79 waivers already granted would seem to be conversions of Section 333 waivers.
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