Survey: State DOTs Increasingly Embracing Drones

A May 2019 survey by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) underscores the rapid deployment of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by state departments of transportation (DOTs), as well as the growing demand for a workforce to operate them.

According to AASHTO, more than seven out of 10 state DOTs have hired hundreds of staff, including highly skilled personnel, to manage drone operations. Those state DOTs – 36 in total – also reported having 279 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-certified drone pilots on staff, or approximately...

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