FAA: Drone registration eclipses regular planes

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Bart Jansen, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON – More people have registered drones than all of the country’s aircraft that carry people, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday.

More than 325,000 people registered drones by Friday, which is more than the 320,000 occupied aircraft – everything from a Cessna 172 to a Boeing 777 – that are registered with the FAA, Administrator Michael Huerta told a drone conference at K&L Gates law firm.

The number of remote-controlled aircraft is even greater because each registrant uses the same number for all of their drones, Huerta said. The average operator has 1.5 drones, he said.

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