US sUAS/Drone Owner Maps

Last month, the FAA released location data for registered drone owners. Shortly thereafter, Airmap made a heatmap of drone owners, and released it via twitter. We've taken a little more time, and done some assessment of the top 5 states for drone ownership.
There's no surprise here, Silicon Valley has attracted a huge number of UAS hobbyists. 3D Robotics, the leader in US drone manufacturing, is headquartered in Berkley California.
Texas is another state with a large population, and lots of land to fly in. Texas has the distinct honor to host the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence, one of only 6 FAA-Designated UAS test facilities.
An early misconception was that Florida had a much higher than average number of drone pilots per the rest of the population. In the slide above, you can see that as a whole, the US has 1 registered drone pilot for every 669.1 people. Florida comes in at slightly more populous with a ratio of 1:534.6, the 12th highest.
New York owes it's placing in the top 5 largely due to dense population cluster in New York City. Flights over NYC often spark debate, as it's very difficult to avoid flying over people in such a dense city. To make matters worse, irregular winds and GPS multipathing make the risk of losing control of your aircraft even higher. High profile Youtuber Casey Neistat has been called out for his controversial flights over the city, but at this time has not been fined, or commented on his flights. New York is also home to NUAIR, another FAA-designated UAS test site, in Griffiss International Airport.
 It's hard to see a definite correlation between drone ownership and Pennsylvania, beyond shear population.
As a bonus (or lagniappe, as the Cajuns would say it), we also did an assessment of Louisiana. Although Louisiana ranks low on the list, the state been looking into passing more strict rules regarding UAS. This would set a dangerous precedent, as it would open the floodgates to the creation of a patchwork nightmare of drone laws throughout the nation. This patchwork would be difficult to understand and follow, and even harder to enforce. This issue has appeared at least once in courts before, in Gustafson vs City of Lake Angeles, but in the realm of manned aircraft. The result? "Air traffic must be regulated at the national level".

If you would like to see an analysis of your state, feel free to contact us!

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