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Drone Registrations Down

Quite staggered to see that so many drone users aren’t registering in 2023 – 53% according to the Opinium research for the CAA. This is despite it being a legal requirement to fly a drone. The awareness of that has taken a sharp drop it seems since 2021.

Registration isn’t a chaw and it doesn’t take long and helps everybody. We would encourage people to register their drones.

Awareness of the height restriction of flying a drone has increased amongst drone users, and is now at the highest level since research started 8 years ago.

There is less clarity over the requirements of drone tests and registration for drone owners. Large proportions of users believe drone tests and registration are just for larger drones, and there is little knowledge of what Flyer IDs and Operator IDs are. More education and communication around this is needed.

The number of drone users registered continues to drop, including those who have registered in the last 12 months. Barriers to registration are a lack of awareness of requirement, as well as not seeing any benefit in doing so.

Motivators for registration would be if the police started issuing fines, as well as if users were granted access to fly in more places. News on drones is also welcome and there is interest in receiving this from the CAA.

The biggest growth areas for commercial drone use is considered to be in deliveries and travel, with the general public expecting both services to continue to grow over the next 20 years.


David Walker McInstCES AssocRICS avatar