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Drone Regulations Report 2020

Get insights on global drone regulations

  • Drone Regulations: Singapore, Poland, UAE most ready for drone operations.
  • EU-wide drone regulations were live in January 2021 across member states.
  • 12 unmanned traffic management (UTM) programs active globally and 1 in EU.
  • 35% of survey respondents in the DroneII Global Drone Industry Barometer 2020 agree that drone regulations are the biggest obstacle to their operations.

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  • Comprehensive 107-page Drone Regulations Report with deep analysis.
  • Drone Readiness Ranking of countries best prepared for drone operations.
  • Analysis of currently active and expected UTM programs around the world.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Deep-dive into drone laws in 35 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Russia, Rwanda, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE, UK, and the USA.

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This DRONEII Drone Regulations Report provides the most comprehensive outline, breakdown and analysis of global drone regulations. It is based on months of research and analysis by our team and our Drone Readiness Index (DRI), a proprietary analytical framework for comparing national drone regulations which was built based on years of experience in the commercial drone industry and an intimate understanding of the regulatory environment.

The 107-page Drone Regulations Report introduces the bureaucratic infrastructure behind drone regulations, first in Chapter 1 outlining how drone regulations are made what sorts of challenges drone regulators face. It then delves deeper into European and international drone regulations in Chapter 2 by explaining how EASA and other EU regulatory bodies work in conjunction with national regulations.

Further, the drone regulations report discusses international drone standards and the various organisations in this space as well as their progress.

The flagship component of the report is the Drone Readiness Index (DRI) outlined in Chapter 3 which ranks countries according to the six key indicators: applicability, operational scope, human resources, administrative infrastructure, social acceptance and airspace integration.

In addition to this, each of the thirty countries’ national drone regulations are analysed individually in detail in Chapter 4.

Next, in Chapter 5 of global drone regulations report, various government drone programs, and specifically national UTM programs from across the globe are discussed and analyzed. In Chapter 6, this report once again gives a view from the industry by providing the insights DRONEII has gathered through the Global Drone Industry Barometer Survey 2020.

Finally, Chapter 7 providers readers with the outlook by laying out what key regulatory changes lay ahead and how they will affect different parts of the industry.

Ultimately, this drone regulations report helps companies make strategic business development decisions based on regulatory developments and forecasts, for example, for or against market entry or product expansion. Further, the drone regulations report is a great tool for current and potential investors in the drone industry.




1.1  What Are Drone Regulations?

1.2   Why Do Drone Regulations Matter?
1.3  The Drone Rulemaking Process
1.4  The Drone Rulemaking Stakeholders
1.5  A History of Drone Regulations
1.6  Future Drone Regulation Challenges


2.1  European Regulations Overview
2.2  A Regional UTM System: U-Space
2.3  International Standards on Drones


3.1  Measuring Drone Regulations: Index Parameters
3.2  Drone Readiness Index (DRI) Ranking
3.3  Drone Readiness Index (DRI) Ranking: Operational Limits
3.4  Drone Readiness Index (DRI) Ranking: Human Resources
3.5  Drone Readiness Index (DRI) Ranking: Administrative Infrastructure
3.6  Drone Readiness Index (DRI) Ranking: Social Acceptance
3.7  Drone Readiness Index (DRI) Ranking: Airspace Integration


4.1  Australia
4.2  Austria
4.3  Belgium
4.4  Brazil
4.5  Canada
4.6  China
4.7  Denmark
4.8  Finland
4.9  France
4.10  Germany
4.11  Iceland
4.12  India
4.13  Indonesia
4.14  Israel
4.15  Italy
4.16  Japan
4.17  Malaysia
4.18  Mexico
4.19  The Netherlands
4.20  New Zealand
4.21  Nigeria
4.22  Norway
4.23  Poland
4.24  Russia
4.25  Rwanda
4.26  Singapore
4.27  South Africa
4.28  South Korea
4.29  Spain
4.30  Sweden
4.31  Switzerland
4.32  Taiwan
4.33  United Arab Emirates
4.34  United Kingdom
4.35  United States of America


5.1  Overview of Government Programs and    Their Role on the Drone Market
5.2  Unmanned Traffic Management Systems
5.3  US Government Drone Programs
5.4  Swiss Government Drone Programs
5.5  Chinese Government Drone Programs
5.6  Japanese Government Drone Programs
5.7  Emerging Government Drone Programs


6.1   The Drone Industry Barometer Survey 2020
6.2   Survey Results
6.3   Prospects


7.1  A Timeline of Drone Regulations for 2020-2025
7.2  Regulatory Outlook for Drone Market Stakeholders
7.3  Technological Drone Trends and Regulations




Table 1: U-Space Timeline of Activities and Services

Table 2: International Standards Overview

Table 3: Countries Examined in the Drone Readiness Index (DRI)

Table 4: Drone Readiness Index (DRI) Ranking

Table 5: The Drone Readiness Index: Operational Scope Ranking

Table 6: The Drone Readiness Index: Human Resources Ranking

Table 7: The Drone Readiness Index: Administrative Infrastructure Ranking

Table 8: The Drone Readiness Index: Social Acceptance Ranking

Table 9: The Drone Readiness Index: Airspace Integration Ranking

Table 10: Drone Regulations in Australia

Table 11: Drone Regulations in Austria

Table 12: Drone Regulations in Belgium

Table 13: Drone Regulations in Brazil

Table 14: Drone Regulations in Canada

Table 15: Drone Regulations in China

Table 16: Drone Regulations in Denmark

Table 17: Drone Regulations in Finland

Table 18: Drone Regulations in France

Table 19: Drone Regulations in Germany

Table 20: Drone Regulations in Iceland

Table 21: Drone Regulations in India

Table 22: Drone Regulations in Indonesia

Table 23: Drone Regulations in Israel

Table 24: Drone Regulations in Italy

Table 25: Drone Regulations in Japan

Table 26: Drone Regulations in Malaysia

Table 27: Drone Regulations in Mexico

Table 28: Drone Regulations in Netherlands

Table 29: Drone Regulations in New Zealand

Table 30: Drone Regulations in Nigeria

Table 31: Drone Regulations in Norway

Table 32: Drone Regulations in Poland

Table 33: Drone Regulations in Russia

Table 34: Drone Regulations in Rwanda

Table 35: Drone Regulations in Singapore

Table 36: Drone Regulations in South Africa

Table 37: Drone Regulations in South Korea

Table 38: Drone Regulations in Spain

Table 39: Drone Regulations in Sweden

Table 40: Drone Regulations in Switzerland

Table 41: Drone Regulations in Taiwan

Table 42: Drone Regulations in the United Arab Emirates

Table 43: Drone Regulations in the United Kingdom

Table 44: Drone Regulations in the United States of America

Table 45: Emerging Government Drone Programs

Table 46: Top 10 Most Represented Countries in the Drone Barometer Survey

Table 47: Technological Drone Industry Trends and Their Impact on Regulations



Chart 1:   The Drone Industry Insights Research Workflow

Chart 2:   Drone Industry Insights Scope Definition

Chart 3:   Drone Industry Insights Data Triangulation

Chart 4:   The 3 Levels of Drone Regulations

Chart 5:   The Role of Regulations in the Drone Workflow

Chart 6:   The Drone Regulation Rulemaking Process

Chart 7:   Example of Drone Regulation Rulemaking of FAA Part107 in the US

Chart 8:   Drone Regulation Stakeholder Overview

Chart 9:   Timeline of Drone Regulations: 2015-2020

Chart 10:  European Drone Regulations Overview

Chart 11:  European Drone Regulations Stakeholder Overview

Chart 12:  EASA Rulemaking Process Overview

Chart 13:  U-Space Stages (Source: SESAR)

Chart 14:  Industry Demands, Government Programs and UTM Initiatives

Chart 15:  The Key Components of a UTM Future

Chart 16:  Swiss U-Space Infrastructure (Source: Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), 2020)

Chart 17:  Structure of UOMS and its Surroundings (Source: CAAC, 2018)

Chart 18: Japanese UTM System Vision (Source: GUTMA, 2017)

Chart 19: Map of Drone Industry Barometer 2020 Survey Participants

Chart 20: Timeline of Drone Regulations for 2020

Chart 21: Impact of Regulatory Trends on Drone Industry Stakeholders



Graph 1: The Biggest Obstacles Identified by Drone Barometer Survey Respondents

Graph 2: Length of Time to Acquire a Special Permission/Exemption as Identified by Drone Barometer Survey Resp.

Graph 3: Ease of Flying BVLOS as Identified by Drone Barometer Survey Respondents

Graph 4: Views on How the Regulatory Env. Changed in the Past Year as Identified by Drone Industry Barometer Resp.

Graph 5: The Most Important Drone Market-Driving Actors as Identified by Drone Barometer Survey Respondents

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