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.
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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.
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Legal situation

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.
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Analysis of the German drone market

Berlin, 9 March 2021 – There are 430,700 drones in operation in Germany, of which the largest share, some 385,500, are in personal use. However, the market for drones for personal use appears to be saturated, while the use of drones for commercial purposes is gaining in popularity: The share of drones in commercial use has increased by 138 per cent to the current figure of 45,200 since 2019 and has thus more than doubled within two years. This trend will continue. Currently, only one in nine drones is operated for commercial use in Germany; this figure is set to rise to three drones by 2025. The German drone market will expand from €840 million to over €1.6 billion by 2025, corresponding to an average annual growth rate of 14.5 per cent. Growth is mainly driven by the commercial market.

With this market study for the German drone market, The German Unmanned Aviation Association (VUL) presents an update of the 2019 market study which is based on actual market data.

The association

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 2025, around 450.000 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.

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