2018/2019 Drone Market Sector Report

About: This 107-page research report pulls together our latest research on both the consumer and commercial markets to offer insight into the drone industry’s overall direction.

Published in September 2018, it includes the results of our drone industry benchmark survey of over 2,500 drone buyers, service providers, business and public agency users, and software service users, plus insights into the verticals that use drone data.

The report features more than 51 helpful figures and tables and offering insight and analysis on:

-Who’s buying what types of drones, from which makers, at what prices, and for what uses.

-The size and nature of drone-based service providers, how they position themselves, and what markets they’re targeting.

-Who the business users for drone-based projects are, and which industries have traction.

-How service providers, businesses, and public agencies use software for drone-based projects—for flight management, mission planning, and image processing.

This report was updated on January 14, 2019, to include the latest FAA and worldwide aviation authority data.

Report Contents

How to read this report
Insight 1
Insight 2
Insight 3
Insight 4
Insight 5
Insight 6
Insight 7
Insight 8
Insight 9
Insight 10
Understanding Purchases
Drone distribution businesses
It’s still a multirotor aircraft world
Growing professional use of consumer drones
Brand leader: DJI
Bottom line
Understanding Service Providers
Business size
Industry targets
Growth prospects
Insurance coverage
Bottom line
Understanding Business and Public Agency Users
Top industrial uses
Program maturity and outsourcing
Company and program size
Growth prospects
Top industrial users
Bottom line
Understanding Software Apps and Services
Flight logging and operations management
Automated flight/mission planning software
Data, image, and video processing software
Section 1 - Drone Aircraft and Payload Purchases
Drone aircraft type
Top drone brands
DJI aircraft
Price points
Place of purchase
Purchase objective
Use by price point
Section 2 - Service Providers
Length of service
Size of service businesses
Drone aircraft utilization
Services offered
Growth prospects
Insurance coverage
Section 3 - Business and Public Agency Users
Services performed or purchased
Program maturity and outsourcing
Business or agency revenue and program size
Drone aircraft utilization
Growth prospects
Insurance coverage
Section 4 - Software Services
Consumption preferences
Flight logging and operations management software
Automated flight/mission planning software
Data, image, and video processing software
License agreement

Figure 1 – 2,524 Respondents by Country or Region
Figure 2 – Respondents by Role
Figure 3 – Respondents by Age Group
Figure 4 – Industry / Sector of Respondents
Figure 5 – Drone Aircraft Type Purchased
Figure 6 – Drone Brand Market Share
Figure 7 – Most Popular DJI Models
Figure 8 – Drone Purchase Price Points
Figure 9 – Where Drones Are Purchased
Figure 10 – FAA Definition of UAS Operations
Figure 11 – Purchase Objective Detail
Figure 12 – Professional Use Only
Figure 13 – Camera and Sensor Integration
Figure 14 – Most Popular Add-on Payload Brands
Figure 15 – Number of Years Offering Services
Figure 16 – Years Offering Services Comparison of 2017 and 2018
Figure 17 – Revenue from Commercial Drone Operations
Figure 18 – Number of Full- and Part-time Employees (Service Providers)
Figure 19 – Number of Remote Pilots Employed (Service Providers)
Figure 20 – Fleet Size (Service Providers)
Figure 21 – Drone Projects per Year (Service Providers)
Figure 22 – Average Flight Hours per Project (Service Providers)
Figure 23 – Primary Service Offering
Figure 24 – Preferred Training Method (Service Providers)
Figure 25 – Service Provider Hiring Intentions
Figure 26 – Issues Inhibiting Service Provider Growth
Figure 27 – Part 107 Waivers
Figure 28 – Insurance Coverage (Service Providers)
Figure 29 – Primary Mission of Drone Program
Figure 30 – Number of Years Using Drones
Figure 31 – Business and Agency Outsourcing
Figure 32 – Services Most Likely to Be Outsourced
Figure 33 – Program State
Figure 34 – Business and Agency User Revenue
Figure 35 – Size of Drone Management Team
Figure 36 – Number of Remote Pilots Employed (Businesses and Agencies)
Figure 37 – Fleet Size (Businesses and Agencies)
Figure 38 – Drone Projects per Year (Businesses and Agencies)
Figure 39 – Average Flight Hours per Project (Businesses and Agencies)
Figure 40 – Preferred Training Method (Businesses and Agencies)
Figure 41 – Business and Agency Spend
Figure 42 – Challenges with Business and Agency Drone Programs
Figure 43 – Insurance Coverage (Businesses and Agencies)
Figure 44 – Software Consumption Preferences
Figure 45 – Drone Flight Logging and Operations Software Market Share
Figure 46 – Problems with Flight Logging and Operations Software
Figure 47 – Drone Automated Flight/Mission Planning Software Market Share
Figure 48 – Problems with Automated Mission Planning Software
Figure 49 – Drone Data / Image / Video Processing Software Market Share
Figure 50 – Problems with Data, Image, and Video Processing Software
Figure 51 – Georeferencing Technique

Table 1 – Top Drone Brands Costing Less Than $1,000
Table 2 – Top Drone Brands Costing $1,000–$1,999
Table 3 – Top Drone Brands Costing More Than $2,000
Table 4 – Changes in Place of Purchase, 2018 vs. 2017 vs. 2016
Table 5 – Commercial Use Yearly Comparison
Table 6 – Hobby vs. Professional Use by Price Range
Table 7 – Change in Professional Use by Price Range
Table 8 - Change in Reported Revenue 2017 vs. 2018
Table 9 – Change in Number of Employees 2017 to 2018
Table 10 – Top 10 Drone Services Making Over $100K/Year

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