Ed Alvarado

The Drone Regulation Report 2024

New insights on commercial drone regulation and the drone readiness index

  • The latest drone regulations pave the way for more BVLOS, OOP and at-night operations
  • Both the FAA and EASA have continued to develop and implement path-leading regulations for drone technology
  • International drone standards for basic and advanced operations will take effect in the next 5 years to allow for better leveraging of drone technology
  • Regulators in several countries besides the FAA and EASA will look to implement new rules to allow for more drone operations to take place

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  • Comprehensive 90-page commercial drone regulation report with country profiles, Drone Readiness Index, and upcoming regulation.
  • Detailed country profiles for 23 of the largest global drone markets with latest revision date, link to regulation, operational limitations, UTM activities, remarks, and outlook.
  • Chapter on Drone Readiness Index (DRI) for top 42 drone markets based on six key metrics: applicability, human resources, administrative infrastructure, operational limits, airspace integration and social acceptance.
  • Dedicated chapters on international drone certifications & standards, UTM regulation, and regulatory outlook, challenges & trends.

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DRONEII‘s annual Drone Regulation Report provides the most comprehensive overview and analysis of global drone regulations as well as their impact on the drone industry.

Our Drone Readiness Index (DRI) is 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 Drone Regulation 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. Chapter 2 delves deeper into European and international drone regulations by explaining how EASA and other EU regulatory bodies work in conjunction with national regulations for basic and advanced drone operations.

This report also features a dedicated chapter about drone certification and international standards. Chapter 3 explains how the certification process is carried out in the USA and Europe as well as an overview of the process in general and in other countries. Regarding intentional standards, the report focuses on three areas: international, basic operations, and advanced operations. The subsequent Chapter 4 then explores the rising topic of UTM regulation. This chapter explains the goals of UTM, its architecture, and its implementation status before going into the regulatory timeline and comparison between the FAA and EASA. Finally, the chapter explores international frameworks, standards, and government trials that have taken place or are ongoing.

Our Commercial Drone Regulation Report also provides country profiles for 23 of the most influential drone markets around the world. The flagship component of the report is the Drone Readiness Index (DRI), outlined in Chapter 4, which ranks countries according to the six key indicators: applicability, operational scope, human resources, administrative infrastructure, social acceptance and airspace integration.

Finally, Chapter 6 of the Drone Regulation Report provides readers with an overview of emerging drone regulation topics including outlook, challenges, and trends. Challenges are broken down between near-term, medium-term, and long-term. There is also a look at trends, which provides insights on the key factors affecting regulation as well as its converse: the key factors that regulations themselves affect.

Ultimately, this 96-page Drone Regulation Report helps companies make strategic business development decisions based on regulatory developments and forecasts. This can provide guidance into, for example, market entry or product expansion and whether it is the right time to engage in these. Droneii’s Commercial Drone Regulation Report is a also great tool for current and potential investors in the drone industry.




Research Methodology
Scope Definition & Research Design
Data Collection
Data Analysis
Data Validation
Report Creation

1.1 What Are Drone Regulations?
1.2 Push From The Drone Industry
1.3 Why Do Drone Regulations Matter?
1.4 Drone Rulemaking Process
1.5 Drone Rulemaking Stakeholders
1.6 The Development of Drone Regulations
1.7 Empiric Data from the Drone Industry

2.1 International Drone Regulation
2.2 Drone Regulations in the USA – Basics
2.3 Drone Regulations in the USA – Advanced Drone Operation
2.4 Drone Regulations in the USA – Upcoming Challenges
2.5 Drone Regulations in Europe – Basics
2.6 Drone Regulations in Europe – Advanced Drone Operation
2.7 Drone Regulations in Europe – Standard Scenarios & PDRAS
2.8 Drone Regulations in Europe – Upcoming Challenges

3.1 From Operating Rules to Certification
3.2 Certification of Drones
3.3 Certification Regulation in the USA
3.4 Certification Regulation in Europe
3.5 Certification Regulation in Other Countries
3.6 International Standards on Drones
3.7 Standards for Basic Drone Operation
3.8 Standards for Advanced Drone Operation

4.1 The Goals of UTM
4.2 UTM System Architecture
4.3 Status of UTM Implementation
4.4 UTM Regulation Timeline
4.5 Regulation EU and FAA
4.6 International UTM Framework Comparison
4.7 UTM Standards
4.8 Governmental Trial Programs

5.1 Drone Readiness Index – Introduction
5.2 Measuring Drone Regulations: Index Parameters
5.3 Drone Readiness Index (DRI) – Ranking
5.4.1 Australia
5.4.2 Belgium
5.4.3 Brazil
5.4.4 Canada
5.4.5 China
5.4.6 France
5.4.7 Germany
5.4.8 India
5.4.9 Indonesia
5.4.10 Israel
5.4.11 Italy
5.4.12 Japan
5.4.13 Malaysia
5.4.14 Netherlands
5.4.15 Norway
5.4.16 Poland
5.4.17 South Korea
5.4.18 Spain
5.4.19 Switzerland
5.4.20 Taiwan
5.4.21 UAE
5.4.22 United Kingdom
5.4.23 USA

6.1 Global Regulation – Achievements and Future
6.2 Drone Regulation Challenges – Near-term
6.3 Drone Regulation Challenges – Mid-term
6.4 Drone Regulation Challenges – Long-term
6.5 Technological Drone Trends with Impact on Regulations



Chart 1: Drone Industry Insights Research Workflow
Chart 2: Drone Industry Insights Scope Definition
Chart 3: Drone Industry Insights Data Triangulation
Chart 4: Survey Respondents’ Assessment of the Most Important Market-Driving Actors
Chart 5: The 3 Levels of Drone Regulations
Chart 6: The Role of Regulations in the Drone Workflow
Chart 7: The Drone Regulation Rulemaking Process
Chart 8: Example of Drone Regulation Rulemaking of FAA Part107 in the US
Chart 9: Drone Regulation Stakeholder Overview
Chart 10: Drone Delivery Regulation Development

Chart 11: Flight Permission for Advanced Missions
Chart 12: Time Needed for Flight Permission
Chart 13: How Hard/Easy was it to Acquire Flight Permission?
Chart 14: Overview of FAA-approved waiver for BVLOS, OOP and other drone operations
Chart 15: Possible Options to receive Flight Authorization in the Specific Category
Chart 16: Certification of Drones
Chart 17: The Certification Process
Chart 18: UTM System Overview
Chart 19: UTM System Architecture
Chart 20: UTM Regulation Timeline
Chart 21: Timeline of Drone Regulation Milestones until 2025


Table 1: Drone Operation in the Open and Specific Category
Table 2: List and Summary of published PDRAs
Table 3: Status of UTM Implementation
Table 4: International UTM Framework Comparison
Table 5: List of UTM Standards
Table 6: Governmental UTM Trial Programs
Table 7: Countries Examined in the Drone Readiness Index (DRI)
Table 8: Drone Readiness Index (DRI) Ranking of 42 Countries

Table 9: Drone Regulations in Australia
Table 10: Drone Regulations in Belgium
Table 11: Drone Regulations in Brazil
Table 12: Drone Regulations in Canada
Table 13: Drone Regulations in China
Table 14: Drone Regulations in France
Table 15: Drone Regulations in Germany
Table 16: Drone Regulations in India
Table 17: Drone Regulations in Indonesia
Table 18: Drone Regulations in Israel
Table 19: Drone Regulations in Italy
Table 20: Drone Regulations in Japan
Table 21: Drone Regulations in Malaysia
Table 22: Drone Regulations in Netherlands
Table 23: Drone Regulations in Norway
Table 24: Drone Regulations in Poland
Table 25: Drone Regulations in South Korea
Table 26: Drone Regulations in Spain
Table 27: Drone Regulations in Switzerland
Table 28: Drone Regulations in Taiwan
Table 29: Drone Regulations in the UAE
Table 30: Drone Regulations in the United Kingdom
Table 31: Drone Regulations in the USA

Table 32: Drone Regulation Challenges – Near-term
Table 33: Drone Regulation Challenges – Mid-term
Table 34: Drone Regulation Challenges – Long-term
Table 35: Technological Drone Industry Trends and Their Impact on Regulations

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      FAQ about Drone Regulation Report

      What is unique about the Drone Regulation Report?

      Unlike other reports, our Drone Regulation Report provides an in-depth view into the regulatory mechanisms that affect drone operations at a national and international level. The qualitative focus of this report complements the quantitative approach of others in order to provide business developers and investors with insights into legal matters that affect drone operation.

      In short: in order to strategically leverage drone technology, companies must understand how the regulations described in this report allow or limit operations of all types including: BVLOS, over people, at night, etc.

      How does the Drone Readiness Index (DRI) work?

      The Drone Readiness Index is a key component of the Drone Regulation Report since it provides a quantitative analysis of qualitative drone regulations. Regulations are analyzed based on six key metrics: applicability, human resources, administrative infrastructure, operational limits, airspace integration and social acceptance.

      Each of these metrics is then given a scale, which is used to measure a country’s regulatory landscape. The scores are subsequently aggregated in order to provide an index and a ranking that indicates a country’s readiness to engage in several types of drone operation.

      What is the difference between regulation, certification, and registration?

      In the commercial drone industry, “regulation,” “certification,” and “registration” refer to distinct aspects of compliance and operational legitimacy.

      Regulation: encompasses the rules and guidelines set by [national] aviation authorities (e.g. FAA, EASA) that dictate how drones can be used in commercial settings. These include safety standards, operational limits (such as maximum altitude and no-fly zones), and specifications on the type of equipment that can be used.

      Certification: refers to the formal approval process that drones and their operators must undergo to demonstrate compliance with specific regulatory requirements. Certification can apply to the drones themselves—ensuring they are built to certain standards—or to pilots, who must often pass exams or complete training programs to operate drones commercially.

      Registration: is the process by which commercial drones and/or drone operators/pilots are officially recorded with a regulatory body. Registration typically involves providing details about the drone and its owner/operator, and often results in the drone being assigned an identification number. This helps authorities track the drone’s usage and enforce regulations.

      How often do drone regulations get updated, and how can operators stay informed?

      Drone regulations are updated frequently to keep pace with technological advancements. Operators can stay informed by following updates from their country’s aviation authority or relevant regulatory bodies. Drone Industry Insights also publishes an annual review and often shares developments on Linkedin.


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