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Finding the Money for Service Providers

By David Benowitz | June 23, 2021

How much can commercial drone pilots make? What industries pay the most? And more. Improvements in drone products and regulatory changes have caused a wave of photographers and other professionals to become commercial drone pilots. This may mean joining a services firm or going at it alone as a “droneprenuer”. The rise of drone service … Read more

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Participate in Our 2021 Market Survey

By David Benowitz | June 16, 2021

Have your voice heard in the industry’s longest running annual survey We just announced our fifth Drone Market Sector Survey, established to provide clear benchmarks for the industry. This survey is the online research portion of our upcoming 2021 Market Sector Report (to be released in September), and will provide a comprehensive look across drone … Read more

The Rise of Open-Source Drones

By David Benowitz | May 30, 2021

Amidst Global Tensions and A Surge of New Manufacturers, Open-Source Has Risen as a Key Winner With much of the industry discussing the pressures on DJI, rise of Blue sUAS offerings such as the Skydio X2 and the promise of autonomous drones, there has been one consistent force driving many of these larger trends. That … Read more

How Large is the Drone Market?

By David Benowitz | April 28, 2021

New DroneAnalyst Research Dives into Market Size in Initial Hardware Sector Report The history of the drone industry is also the history of hype and oversized forecasts. Whether that be the tale of Lily Robotics or Goldman’s $100 Billion market estimate by 2020, we’ve seen it all. And it’s understandable, drones are a new, unique … Read more

Why the Industry Still Relies on DJI

By David Benowitz | April 19, 2021

Despite geopolitical tensions and security concerns, the drone industry’s reliance on DJI remains firm. We explore why. While headlines have focused on DJI drones being “banned” or “blacklisted” from the US market, many following the industry will know just how little impact these US government actions have had on the majority of drone sales and DJI’s market dominance. While it … Read more

Catching Up on Blue sUAS and US Military Purchases of UAS

By David Benowitz | March 30, 2021

The Start of 2021 Has Revealed Winners and Challenges Behind the Shift to a US Domestic Drone Industry As we have revealed last year, 2020 saw a resurgence in US drone manufacturers, recouping lost market share by reaching similar levels as 2017. Despite this shift, the industry is still far away from both broad competition … Read more

Drone Channel Mayhem – DJI Rewrites the Rules

By David Benowitz | March 16, 2021

DJI Moves to Sell Its Enterprise Drones Online, with Impacts to the Broader Drone Ecosystem Last Friday, DJI reversed direction and moved to sell much of its enterprise products online. DJI had previously exclusively sold its powerful, expensive and complicated enterprise products solely through distributors like RMUS, DroneNerds, Heliguy and more, with over 100 US-based … Read more

AgEagle, EHang and the Drone Information Divide

By David Benowitz | February 23, 2021

Recent Accusations of Fraud Raise the Larger Question about Investing in the Drone Industry Last week EHang and AgEagle, two companies in the still nascent Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) space, faced fraud accusations by short sellers (EHang | AgEagle). Both stocks have soared over the past year as investors bought into the drone industry hype … Read more

Hobbyist Interest Has Unlocked Commercial Drone Adoption

By David Benowitz | January 21, 2021

New DroneAnalyst Research Reveals Commercial Drone Adoption Has Been Spurred by Hobbyists and “Bottom-Up” Growth Many drone industry veterans have stories of a drone program starting from an employee bringing their personal drone to work. Or a utility company where budget for a small drone fleet is kept just below limits that require management approval. … Read more

A Look at Trump’s Executive Order

By David Benowitz | January 19, 2021

Breaking Down Trump’s New Executive Order on Protecting The United States From Certain Unmanned Aircraft Systems Just three days before leaving office President Trump leaves one last impact on the drone industry with a new executive order issued this Monday night. This was one of five executive orders released late on Monday, and focuses on … Read more