How Many Registered Drone Users in Your Area? Check out FAA’s Database

Posted by Betsy Lillian on May 18, 2016 1 Comment

In response to Freedom of Information Act requests, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has publicly released its database of registered drone owners.

The huge list includes the city, state and zip code of each hobbyist and non-hobbyist registrant; names and street addresses are not shown in order to protect the privacy of users, considering many are minors, the agency says.

The FAA notes that names and addresses are available only through an operator’s registration number.

Registration for hobbyists and non-hobbyists went into effect in December and March, respectively.

The FAA’s data can be found here.

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A glimpse at how many San Francisco operators are registered in many of the city’s zip codes (# of operators in right-hand column)

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  1. This is a bit misleading. That list contains a whole lot of hobbyists who don’t fly “drones” at all, but model airplanes with no telemetry or FPV. I’m one of them.

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