Latest News – Report Finds Commercial Drone Fleet Grew by 39% in 2019.

From 2018 to 2019, the commercial drone fleet* in the U.S. grew by 39%, an amount that David Benowitz of Drone Analyst says is “relatively high.”

*Note: “Commercial drone fleet” is a phrase that refers to the total number of commercial drones registered in the U.S. The FAA defines a commercial drone as any drone that costs $10,000 or more. The FAA defines a consumer drone as any drone that costs less than $10,000.

Although 39% is impressive, it does represent a significant decline—for a few years running now, the commercial drone fleet has seen an incredible growth rate of 100% every year.

That being said, a 39% growth rate for the commercial drone fleet far exceeds the FAA’s forecasts from their 2017-2018 annual report. That report projected that the commercial drone fleet would triple by 2023, with an average annual growth rate of 24.7%—which makes 39% look pretty darn impressive.


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