FAA estimates that as many as 7,500 small commercial drones could be operational within five years in U.S. airspace.
In 2007, FAA issued a policy statement prohibiting the use of drones for commercial purposes
In 2011, FAA fined Raphael Pirker $10,000 for operating a drone for commercial purposes without a license.
In 2012, Congress passed the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which funds the FAA through 2015, and also encouraged the integration of drones in U.S. airspace.
In November, 2013, the FAA released its integration road map, a 72-page plan outlining how the agency will safely integrate unmanned aircraft into the airspace.
On Dec. 1, 2013, Amazon announced its intention to explore package delivery via drones.