Alan Perlman FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 05/03/16
Founder, UAV Coach
1,500+ Drone Pilots Speak Their Mind About U.S. Drone Regulations
Sharing results from a market research survey conducted in March & April 2016.
New York, NY: Today, UAV Coach, an sUAS industry portal and training center for new drone pilots, published results from a market research survey conducted in March & April 2016. The survey aimed to explore the habits and opinions of U.S. drone pilots interested in operating commercially.
“Many believe the dangers imposed by drones are being over-exaggerated and not fully understood,” says founder, Alan Perlman. “Others recognize the challenge of safely integrating thousands of new UAS pilots into the national airspace, and what that means for the aviation industry. For these reasons and more, the UAV Coach team put together a survey on sUAS/drone regulations in the U.S.”
Over a period of 30 days, 1,530 drone pilots weighed in on their habits and opinions of U.S. drone regulations. Key survey insights include:
- Education is Paramount. Many drone pilots take to the skies without any formal training in the National Airspace System (NAS).
- Inconsistent Communication. When contacting airports, heliports, and air traffic control, drone pilots are seeing a wide range of (mostly positive) responses.
- Culture of Non-Compliance. Even though it is currently required to hold a manned aircraft license if you’re serving as the drone Pilot-in-Command (PIC) under the Section 333 Exemption, more than 50% of operators are NOT licensed pilots.
The full market research survey report (and an infographic that summarizes the key findings) is made available here.
About UAV Coach: Founded in 2014, UAV Coach is an sUAS industry portal and online training center for new drone pilots, boasting one of the largest subscriber bases in the industry. UAV Coach offers training in multirotor flight proficiency, regulatory compliance, cinematography, and more.