FAA: 7500 Drones to Patrol U.S. in the Next 5 Years

According to the chief of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), during the next five years we could see as many as 7,500 commercial drones patrolling U.S. airspace.


In preparation, the FAA is setting up six drone testing sites across the country, where drone operators can obtain certificates to operate unmanned aircraft. To date, over 80 state and local law enforcement agencies already operate unmanned aircraft under these special certificates of authorization.

The news comes at a time when our privacy rights are being attacked at every level.

In Senate testimony earlier this year, the head of the FBI, Robert Mueller, admitted the agency already has a fleet of drones that it uses to spy on the American public. A month earlier, the Department of Homeland Security started purchasing their own fleet of militarized Predator B Drones that will be deployed throughout the United States.

Even federal agencies like the EPA are getting in on the action.

Last June, after finding out the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had been spying on local farmers, Nebraskan lawmakers demanded the EPA put an immediate stop to the program. The EPA later confirmed the drone flights, saying they were looking for farmers who were violating the Clean Water Act.

By the end of this year, the FAA is scheduled to choose the six test sites. By 2015, commercial operators are expected to be able to fly their drones through U.S. Airspace. Twenty-four states — including California, Florida, Nevada and Arizona — have applied to host the tests.


  1. Irony
    November 8, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    You really have to love the irony here. How crazy is it that this is all being done by liberal politicians? Remember when liberals were against things like this? Remember when liberals were for privacy and civil liberty?

    • Tim
      November 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Same people who screamed the loudest when Bush passed the Patriot Act now applaud when Obama does the same thing. What a bizarre and brainwashed bunch of voters.

  2. Unlicensed Dremel
    November 8, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    The only good drone is a shot-down drone.

  3. Greg
    November 8, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Nowhere to hide! The country has become one giant prison system… Who needs FEMA camps when you can make the whole country one big camp.

    • Mike414
      November 9, 2013 at 3:04 am

      Now that’s the point that needs to be made

  4. not wanted
    November 11, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Well, time to get those tethered, neighborhood derigigible farms organized & in operation… “weather collection” devices, you understand…lol

  5. draco drgonov
    November 27, 2013 at 6:11 am

    i think these will be great fun for target practice hahah !

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