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As drone use in the construction industry evolves, certain figures are guiding regulations for their application and predictions about their potential impact on the field. To that end, we share some numbers that explain the role played by drones in the industry so far.
Number of drones that a single operator can control in flight at a given time, according to Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Administration Regulations.
The number of days pilots have to report serious injury or damage caused by their drone.
Minimum age of pilot as required by FAA commercial drone rules.
Maximum weight of a drone under the FAA's commercial drone-use regulations, including an attached load.
Maximum miles per hour at which commercial drones are able to fly.
Maximum height (in feet) at which commercial drones can fly.
The number of commercial drones that the FAA estimates will be in use by 2018.
The total purse for the inaugural World Drone Prix drone racing competition, held last March in Dubai.
The FAA's "high" forecast for the number of commercial drones in operation by 2021.
The expected value of tasks in the infrastructure sector that could be replaced by drones, according to a report from PricewaterhouseCoopers.
PwC's forecast of global market value for commercial drone applications across all industries.