The game-changing technology of commercial drone use,
including within the construction industry, will continue to grow in coming
years according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s recent “2017-2037
In the report, the FAA found that commercial drone use could
rise as high as 1.6 million by 2021. According to the report, “The commercial
drone sector is very dynamic and appears to be at an early stage of growth.
Unlike the hobbyist sector, FAA anticipates that growth in this sector will
continue to accelerate over the next few years. (The) FAA forecasts that the
non-hobbyist fleet by 2021 will likely (base scenario) be ten times larger than
the size of the fleet in 2016.”
Construction, industrial and utility inspection account for
26% of Commercial Small UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems), equaling the Real
Estate sector and second only to aerial photography usage. The FAA reported
that since introducing commercial drone regulations last summer, 44,0000 units
have been registered, and the pass rate for the certification exam is 90%.
Prior to those new certification rules, certified pilots
were needed to fly any commercial drones.