Skylogic Launches 2018 Drone Industry Benchmark Survey


Skylogic Research LLC – a research and advisory services firm for the commercial
drone industry and owner of Drone Analyst – has launched its third annual Drone Market Sector Research survey, designed to be the most comprehensive study of drone market trends and usage to date.

According to Skylogic, the online portion of the research seeks to get information about who is buying and using small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The independent study is being supported by DJI, DroneDeploy, and Trimble.

It improves upon the 2017 research by, among other things, doing as follows:

  • Asking more specific questions about flight operations and flight times;
  • Investigating the adoption and maturity of enterprise and/or public agency drone
    programs; and
  • Diving into how users geo-reference images for maps.

Skylogic Research notes that this year’s research is designed to uncover fresh insights on which drone industry sectors are thriving – and which aren’t – and how businesses are using drone-acquired data in their day-to-day operations. Further, the firm hopes the survey results will fill a gap in knowledge and understanding of the commercial drone industry around actual drone and data usage; how and why people are deploying drones now and how they plan to grow their usage in the future; and baseline statistics for market share among brands, as well as information about the size of service providers, enterprises and businesses that have drone programs.

Previous Skylogic Research studies have found that more consumer drones are being used
for professional use than ever before; the U.S. market is flooded with service providers and
remote pilots, but very few make enough money to sustain a full-time venture; and film/photo/video dominates both the hobby and professional uses of drones. This year’s study will continue to challenge these insights and further explore the sustainability of drone service providers.

The survey is designed for individuals or organizations that have purchased a drone in the past 12 months for any reason; commercial drone service providers; and businesses, enterprises and public agencies that perform drone-based operations.

Interested individuals and companies can take the 10-minute survey here. As an incentive for participation, there will be an opportunity to receive a free summary report of the research results and win a DJI Spark mini drone package or one of two $100 VISA gift cards. The results of the survey will be available in September.

“There is a lack of objective information on the drone industry,” says Colin Snow, CEO and founder of Skylogic Research. “We find an absence of credible market-based research and little understanding of the difference between large industry forecasts and actual buyer adoption rates. This study will clarify much of that.”

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