May 19, 2022

New Database: First 500 Companies Allowed to Fly Drones in the U.S. (FAA Commercial Drone Exemptions)

The database was compiled by the Center for the Study of Drones at Bard University and published by The Verge.

From The Verge:

We have partnered with the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College to collect data on every commercial exemption the FAA grants. It’s a fascinating snapshot of a fast-growing industry still in its infancy. Below is an interactive database that allows you to drill deeper into details, exploring the companies that have been given permission to fly and what they are planning to do with their drones. You can also search by state and figure out who near you is planning to put a drone in the sky.

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Includes visualization, “Drone Exemptions Over Time”

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