U.S. Drone Fleet

U.S. Drone Fleet

Proof Point

U.S drone fleet expected to grow 28% annually, from 1.14 million in 2016 to 3.97 million in 2021, with majority from hobbyist use

U.S. Drone Fleet

2016 – 2021F (million units)

Proof Point Findings

  • Hobby vs Commercial Drones – Commercial drones used for for business operations, while hobby drones are for personal use, with each type having different registration requirements and rules of use
  • U.S. Drone Fleet Expansion – Total drones in U.S. expected to grow 28.34% annually, from 1.14 million in 2016 to 3.97 million in 2021
  • Hobby Drones Dominate – Most drones through 2021 expected to be hobby aircraft, however, commercial drone share expected to increase from 3.7% to 8.8%
  • Key Growth Drivers – Include increasing accessibility and affordability of drones, rapidly increasing technological advancements in aviation and logistics, developing regulatory frameworks to support research and development, rising focus on safety and privacy issues, and proliferation of commercial applications enabled by drone technology


Market Disruption


Transportation and Logistics


Date Last Updated

June 14, 2017

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