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Advanced Air Mobility — By the Numbers in 2023

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Multicolored pie chart just meant to serve as illustration.
The UAV pie chart is changing rapidly as AAM advances.

Facts, figures, stats

Numbers tell a story about the rapidly emerging uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) advanced air mobility (AAM) market:
  1. 855, 860 — the number of drones registered with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as of 2022). 63% of those were registered for recreational purposes; 37% were registered for commercial purposes.
  2. 96% — the percentage of US drone owners who are male; 4% are female.
  3. 42% — the percentage of drone owners between 35-54 years old.
  4. US$43bn — the estimated value of the global drone market.
  5. US$11.47bn — the expected size of the military drone market by 2024.
  6. 100,000 — the number of new jobs expected to be created in the UAV industry in the US by 2025.
  7. 66 2/3+% — the percentage of reported drone incidents occurring between 10am and 6pm.
  8. 70.4% — the percentage of US drone service providers who earned less than US$50,000 per year.
  9. 5% — the percentage of US drone service providers earning more than US$500,000 per year.
  10. US$195 — the highest average hourly wage paid for drone pilots, in the oil and gas industry. US$158, the lowest average hourly drone pilot wage, paid by the real estate industry.
  11. 92% — the percentage of Part 107 waivers, granted by the US FAA, for flying drones at night.
  12. 40%-60% — the percentage of how much faster spraying crops by drones is compared to manual spraying.
  13. US$6.8bn – the potential savings the insurance industry might realize by using drones in their operations.
  14. 79% — the percentage of online shoppers willing to receive deliveries by drones.
  15. 31% — Filming and photography, the dominant commercial application of drones.
  16. 37% — The largest percentage of global drone usage — in North America.
It’s been said, numbers don’t lie; if anything, these numbers likely underestimate the overall economic and societal impact UAVs will have on society.

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Dave Clarke

Dave Clarke is a California-based writer who is fascinated by the way technology changes our lives.