WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal aviation officials say so many people are registering drones and applying for drone pilot licenses, they wonder if there will eventually be millions of drones crowding the nation’s skies.READ MORE: For Sale: Dallas Mansion With No Bedrooms For Nearly $1 Million
Earl Lawrence is director or the Federal Aviation Administration. Lawrence told a government-industry committee Friday that 550,000 drones have been registered with the agency in the 9 months since the registration process was created. He says new registrations are coming in at a rate of 2,000 a day.
By comparison, the FAA says there are 260,165 manned aircraft registered in the U.S.READ MORE: Dallas Officer On Administrative Leave During Investigation Into Possible Excessive Use Of Force
The FAA began issuing drone pilot licenses less than a month ago. Already, 13,710 people have applied to take the pilot exam, and 5,080 have passed it.
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