The bean counters would possibly care about what number of drones are offered — however what about what number of drone flight hours are literally racked up?

Particularly in terms of lower-cost drones, they often aren’t flown very many hours in any respect after the individuals shopping for them notice that drone flying is a little more difficult than they may’ve thought by way of the place they’ll fly and getting registered — and after the novelty wears off.

Drone Trade Insights (DII), a German-based analytics group analyzing the drone trade, sought to search out out which nations really fly drones essentially the most. In its newest Drone Utilization Report, DII checked out knowledge across the variety of industrial models offered, variety of drones working commercially, complete variety of flights and the quantity of flight hours collected.

DII’s definition of “industrial models” actually encompasses skilled drones (which it defines as drones that price greater than $10,000), but additionally encompasses client drones. Moreover, the DII report solely honed in on the highest nation markets (which it considers to be China, USA, Australia, Japan, Germany, UK, Canada, Brazil, France and South Korea). And with that, DII put collectively a map representing drone flight hours by nation:

flight hours DII 2023

Primarily based on DII’s reporting, China is the chief by way of drone use throughout each VLOS and BVLOS drone flights. And China certainly has been delivering on drone flights — particularly lately in ways in which no different nations have.

For instance, in August 2023, the DJI FlyCart 30 got here to market as a $17,000 ready-to-fly supply drone, however it’s solely out there in China. Then in November 2023, DJI launched the DJI Agras T60 as a formidable precision agriculture drone. As soon as once more, it’s solely out there in China.

In quantity two comes the USA, which has many BVLOS, however comparatively far fewer BVLOS drone flights. Although, the speed of BVLOS drone flights within the U.S. may very effectively improve because the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been issuing extra BVLOS waivers (the FAA has issued greater than 200 BVLOS waivers so far, together with 18 in October 2023 alone and greater than a dozen in November 2023). Approvals have been coming in at a usually extra quickly clip, together with some important waivers issued this previous fall. The FAA is at the moment within the means of reviewing the BVLOS ultimate report.

Listed below are another, relatedly-interesting figures and details that DII got here to estimate:

  • A projected complete of seven.6 million drone flight hours might be recorded worldwide by the top of 2023.
  • 20,822 flight hours per day are clocked on common worldwide.
  • By area, the highest chief by way of complete flight occasions and flight hours is Asia.
  • By common variety of flights per drone operator, the chief is Oceania.
  • VLOS operations are way more frequent than BVLOS operations.
  • Vitality/Utilities trade has the best use of drone know-how.

Study extra about drone flight hours by nation over at DII’s Drone Utilization Report.


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