One of the central tasks of the GERMAN UNMANNED AVIATION ASSOCIATION (VUL) is to reveal not only the many opportunities offered by the widespread use of unmanned aircraft systems, but also the challenges associated with it.
Fields of application
Promising commercial uses for unmanned aircraft systems are already fostering the development of new business models across all industries. We are committed to the development of this future technology.
There are already basic regulations for the operation of drones in order to harness the economic potential of unmanned aircraft systems and at the same time ensure a high level of safety regarding manned and unmanned aviation.
Analysis of the German drone market
Berlin, 12 February 2019 – The majority of drones in circulation are used privately; just 19,000 are used for commercial purposes. However, this ratio will change considerably in the coming years. While the number of drones used privately today at around 450,000 is no longer increasing significantly, the number in commercial use will rise to 126,000 by 2030 in Germany – an increase of more than 560 percent. The German drone market will thus grow from 574 million euros to almost 3 billion euros, mainly driven by the diverse commercial applications. However, the German drone market – compared to other countries – only ranks mid-table so far.
The GERMAN UNMANNED AVIATION ASSOCIATION (VUL) is a joint initiative of the German Aviation Association (BDL) and the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI). The new association focuses on the challenges of licensing commercial unmanned aircraft systems and integrating them into the existing air traffic system. The safe coexistence of manned and unmanned aviation is at the forefront in this regard.
Maintaining airspace safety
By 2020, one million unmanned aircraft systems will be flying in the sky over Germany. They must be safely integrated into the airspace.
Future technology with great potential
Manufacturers and users provide important impetus for the development of new fields of application and thus also for the creation of new jobs.
Rules and regulations must be extended
The potential of the new technology can only be fully exploited with a uniform regulatory framework at EU level. Politicians must devise a binding framework.