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Commercial Drones: Current State of the Industry


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This presentation gives an overview of a report on current state of the U.S. commercial drone industry which analyzes the business impact and market opportunities that the proposed rules have for manufacturers, distributors, service providers, and investors.

The presentation answers the following questions:
• Are UAS really an economic game changer?
• What are the proposed FAA rules and what do they mean for businesses?
• Where are the biggest opportunities for commercial UAS
• What can we expect in the future?

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Commercial Drones: Current State of the Industry

  1. 1. 1|Copyright 2016 – Skylogic Research, LLC COMMERCIAL DRONES: CURRENT STATE OF THE INDUSTRY Summary of New Research Report UPDATED: September 15, 2016
  2. 2. 2|Copyright 2016 – Skylogic Research, LLC Introduction Worldwide commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are emerging as a competitive technology in a number of data collection scenarios. But in the U.S., the industry is still struggling to get off the ground more than four years after The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The Act was widely expected to result in tens of thousands of commercial drones being licensed to fly over U.S. airspace. So far it has produced only a few under restricted use. However, with the advent this year of the FAA’s new Part 107 rules on small UAS, the industry stands poised for rapid business adoption. This report gives an overview of the current state of the U.S. commercial drone industry and analyzes the business impact and market opportunities that the current rules have for manufacturers, distributors, service providers, and investors. This report answers the following questions: In what applications and markets are UAS a potential economic game changer? What are the new FAA rules and what do they mean for businesses? Where are the biggest opportunities and challenges for commercial UAS? What can we expect in the future?
  3. 3. 3|Copyright 2016 – Skylogic Research, LLC Report topics Commercial Drones Applications and Markets Forecasts and Investment Ecosystem Regulatory Environment Commercial Use Statistics Impact By Market / Challenges and Opportunities Innovations and Incubators
  4. 4. 4|Copyright 2016 – Skylogic Research, LLC What’s in the report? A primer on commercial drones that discusses common terminology and the distinctive nature of commercial drones as aircraft systems and Internet of Things devices. An outline of the growing number of commercial applications for drones, with categorization into major market segments for easier consumption and further analysis. We discuss the growing interest in commercial drones, what forecasters say about future demand, and what investors are banking on. An overview of the industry’s flourishing ecosystem of businesses that support commercial drone activity. We present a few of the most prominent firms and companies that provide legal services, insurance, flight readiness applications, and training. A detailed discussion of the fluid state of FAA restrictions on commercial UAS operations in the U.S – including the FAA’s proposed rules for small UAS. We also discuss the growing complexity of state and local issues, the current state of private sentiment and legal concerns, and the impact of current FAA rules. It shows that some markets are winners, but some are bigger winners than others. We report on the important details and determine the success factors in each market. Statistics on commercial drone use. We compare the number of drone operators by country, the manufacturers who have the most aircraft in U.S. commercial operations, and which market segments are shaping up to be the biggest.
  5. 5. 5|Copyright 2016 – Skylogic Research, LLC Sample content
  6. 6. 6|Copyright 2016 – Skylogic Research, LLC Alphabet Soup Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) - legacy Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) - FAA Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) - EU Drone – public Simply put…a vehicle that navigates in the air from point A to point B that is remotely controlled or flown autonomously and shares what it ‘sees’ with humans on the ground or other machines.
  7. 7. 7|Copyright 2016 – Skylogic Research, LLC Hobby Open-source Mass produced Cheap Commercial applications IoT device Extensible High ROI Specialized use Proprietary Custom made Expensive Anew kind of drone
  8. 8. 8|Copyright 2016 – Skylogic Research, LLC Aerial Photography Pipe/Power Line Inspection Real-estate Surveillance Mapping Stockpile Measurement 3D Imaging Mail / Freight Transport Rail Monitoring Agricultural Disaster Response/Relief Movie Productions Damage Assessment Sporting Event Coverage Infrastructure Monitoring Flare Stack Inspection Inventory Management Construction Reporting Application breadth
  9. 9. 9|Copyright 2016 – Skylogic Research, LLC Investment activity 1.8 1.2 7 55 107 450 1 2 2 13 29 74 -5 5 15 25 35 45 55 65 75 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 500 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Dollars ($)M Deals Source: CB Insights and Skylogic Research
  10. 10. 10|Copyright 2016 – Skylogic Research, LLC Drone sales 128 450 1100 2900 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 3500 2013 2014 2015 2016 U.S. Consumer Drones Unit Sales (in 000s) Actual Projected Source: CES
  11. 11. 11|Copyright 2016 – Skylogic Research, LLC 51% 22% 14% 6% 4% 2% Film / Photo / Video Inspection / Monitoring Mapping / Surveying Precision Agriculture Public Safety / First Responders Other Commercial market segments Source: FAA and Skylogic Research
  12. 12. 12|Copyright 2016 – Skylogic Research, LLC Regulatory environment FAA Modernization and Reform Act 2012 COA vs Experimental Cert vs Section 333 Exemptions Six UAS Test Sites Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) FAA Part 107 rule Congressional proposals Federal privacy acts State legislation Local restrictions
  13. 13. 13|Copyright 2016 – Skylogic Research, LLC 395 404 1005 1360 1672 2200 11424 0 2000 4000 6000 8000 10000 12000 14000 Sweden Australia Spain U.K. Canada France U.S. LEGAL UNDERGROUND Commercial drone operators * U.S. as of 9/15/2016 | Source: FAA, Skylogic Research ~1800
  14. 14. 14|Copyright 2016 – Skylogic Research, LLC What’s the impact of the new rule on the major market segments? 1. Precision Agriculture 2. Inspection / Monitoring 3. Mapping / Surveying 4. Film / Photo / Video 5. Public Safety / First Responders
  15. 15. 15|Copyright 2016 – Skylogic Research, LLC Purchase Get comprehensive data and analysis Purchase Complete Report $495 - Single User PDF $795 - Site License PDF $995 - Enterprise License PDF 34pages 12figures 4data tables
  16. 16. 16|Copyright 2016 – Skylogic Research, LLC About Skylogic Research, LLC is a research, content, and advisory services firm supporting all participants in the commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry. We help companies make critical investment decisions with confidence by providing research-based insights on the commercial drone markets. Our focus is on the needs of three constituents: • Manufacturers, suppliers, and business service providers – who need research and insight into buyer needs • Buyers of UAS technology and services – to help inform their acquisition decisions • Investors – who need to distinguish technical and market viability This focus, plus research as a foundation and reach into a community of more than 90,000 business executives and innovators through social media and media partnerships, allows us to deliver a high-value, low- risk method for achieving optimal understanding. Drone Analyst® is the registered trademark and brand name and trademark of Skylogic Research, LLC Learn more: Web Twitter @droneanalyst Email
  17. 17. 17|Copyright 2016 – Skylogic Research, LLC Why Skylogic Research? Deep industry and UAS technology experience Research as the foundation for insights Understands both buyers and sellers of UAS technology Proven media and publishing experience Objectives driven Pragmatic enthusiasts Client partnership SkylogicResearch,LLCandour advisorsreachintoacommunityof morethan90,000businessexecutives andinnovatorsthroughsocialmedia andmediapartnerships @droneanalysthasover 18,600Twitterfollowers
  18. 18. 18|Copyright 2016 – Skylogic Research, LLC Testimonies “Yet another stellar report. Dense with information, cuts to the chase, fiercely independent and unafraid to tackle status quos.” - DIY Drones commenter “I can't thank you enough for your insights on commercial drone services. Your analysis keep my decisions on track and over the last 20 months, this industry changes rapidly, I have noticed you being "dead on“ - - Commercial Drone Service Provider
  19. 19. 19|Copyright 2016 – Skylogic Research, LLC Management Colin Snow, CEO and Founder 25-year technology industry veteran with a background in manufacturing, electronics, digital imaging, field service, software, research, and mobility. Colin served as a marketing and operations manager at Olympus Corporation, Oracle / PeopleSoft, Steelwedge Software, and SAP. As an industry analyst at Ventana Research, he covered a range of topics including supply chain management, operational performance, and product information management. Colin holds an M.B.A. from Florida Atlantic University and is a member of the major UAS industry groups including AUVSI, RCAPA, and AMA. Full bio here. Charlotte Ziems, Chief Content Officer 25 years of experience in publishing, business management, market research, and content marketing. Charlotte served as vice president of InfoWorld’s Test Center, founded InfoWorld Consulting Services, and held executive editorial positions at publications including Computerworld, PC Resource, PC/Computing, PC Week, and Computer Shopper. Charlotte holds a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and is an avid equestrian, gardener, and drone enthusiast. Deeptechnologyandmarketingexperience
  20. 20. 20|Copyright 2016 – Skylogic Research, LLC Contributor / Advisors Steve Maller, founder of Mallermedia, is a professional photographer and videographer providing expertise in increasingly complex and capable aerial camera platforms for the film / photo / video market. Jonathan Rupprecht is a drone attorney and a commercial pilot currently practicing drone law in South Florida at his firm Rupprecht Law, P.A. Chad Colby is founder and principal of Colby AgTech and is the industry-leading advocate for the use of unmanned aerial systems in agriculture. Bill McNeil has over 25 years’ experience developing and marketing GIS applications and is an expert in UAVs for mapping and surveying. These independent professionals join other Skylogic Research team members and contractors who lend their proficiency and assistance to provide industry insights, thought leadership content, research, and consulting.
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