According to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the FAA granted 3,136 Section 333 exemptions for commercial drone applications.
Based on the fact that the Section 333 Exemption application requires the applicant to identify types of uses, a snapshot of the commercial use of drone video and photography services is emerging, and runs the gamut of marketing, research, creative and conservation uses.
The top 10 uses for drone video services, as of Q1 2016, include (see complete graph, below):
- Aerial Photography
- Real Estate
- Aerial Inspection
- Aerial Survey