Globally speaking, the consumer drone market has experienced unprecedented growth due to game-changing innovations, an abundance of competitors, changes in prices, and similar, between 2012 and 2017. From then on, the situation became clearer as drone players like DJI, Parrot, Yuneec, and others went ahead of the competition.
Indeed, 2016 was a vital year for the US and drones as the FAA offered plenty of exemptions for companies to fly drones through Part 107. This was the tipping point when many industries got the much-needed boost by including drones in their daily operations.
Despite the turbulent relationship between the United States and the Chinese drone manufacturer, DJI remains one of the biggest and most popular brands among American drone pilots.
When it comes to global revenue thanks to drones, the United States generates the most of it. To be more precise, the number reached 1,029 million USD in 2021. The growth of the market set to increase by an annual rate of 7.8%.
Subsequently, insights point out that sales of consumer drones to dealers in the US has exceeded 1.25 billion dollars in 2020.
The strength of the American drone industry is further demonstrated through some of the biggest American-made companies that successfully operate in the global commercial drone market. Some of them include 3D Robotics, AeroVironment, FLIR Systems, GoPro, Intel Corporation, Kespry, PrecisionHawk, and Skydio. Of course, we shouldn’t forget Boeing – one of the biggest players in the aerospace industry.
Not all companies need drones full-time every day. Yet, a recent survey by CompTIA suggests that a big number of them do regularly. Moreover, 40% reported a general ongoing usage for drone technology. On the other hand, less than a fourth of the respondents described their drone use as situational or a one-time thing. The same survey recognizes changes in the regulatory environment and expansion of services as a few of the primary drivers of growth according to drone providers.
Based on a variety of factors like suitable laws, drone task force or program offices, and drone jobs, Mercatus Center ranks US states based on how ready they are for the drone industry. The first spot for the second year in a row is occupied by North Dakota as the most prepared state. It’s followed by Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nevada, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey, Delaware, and Texas to round up the top ten states.
While there are a plethora of reasons why the drone industry in the US is so developed, The Drones World analyzes a few of the crucial ones.
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