According to the United States FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Report for 2019, the number of unmanned drones is expected to double in the next twelve months from roughly 1.2 million aircraft to nearly 2.4 million aircraft.
While commercial drone activity continues to grow, especially as higher-end drone capabilities go down in price, recreational drone usage is also growing. Recreational-use drones benefit from the same price and performance curve as commercial drones.
In fact, many higher-end hobbyist or recreational drones are now being used for commercial filming and real-estate use.
The Federal Aviation Administration treats commercial and recreational flying differently. Anyone who wants to fly a drone that’s under 55 pounds for commercial benefit must qualify for a Part 107 license and get an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate. Doing so requires passing a TSA security check and a comprehensive exam.