Surprise! Drone Sales Double

A new report from the NPD Group reveals that drone sales more than doubled (up 117% to be exact) from February 2016 to February 2017. That’s a big jump, clearly showing the strength of consumers drones in the market. These sales numbers include the a wide variety of drones from $50 mini-drones (which are really just toys) to the $3,000 DJI Inspire 2.

Here are some useful tidbits from the NPD report:

  • During the holiday season drones with a price tag between $50- $100 saw a significant uptick in sales.
  • For drones in the $300-$500 price range, there is a clear consumer demand for premium features.
    • Drones with auto pilot capabilities sold nearly five times more quickly.
    • Drones that feature follow mode functionality sold 19x more quickly.
  • During the first two months of 2017…
    • Drones with a price tag over $300 drove 84% of dollar sales and nearly 40% of unit sales.
    • Drones sold for $1,000+ saw the highest rate of sales.

In roughly the same time period from January 2016 to January 2017 the number of drones registered with the FAA when up by 123%. And according to the numbers in the last two months over 100,000 more drones have been registered with the FAA.

FAA: Over 670,000 Registered Drones in US

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That right folks, at the CES Show in Las Vegas FAA Chief Administrator Michael Huerta announced that there are now over 670,000 registered drones in America. This number already exceeds the amount of registered manned aircraft and Huerta said the FAA expects there to be nearly 7 million drones sold in the USA by 2020.

Drone registration numbers got a nice Christmas bump in the last two week of December with over 37,000 new drones registered.

Remember if you want to fly a drone heavier than 0.55 pounds you must register it with the FAA. The registration only costs $5 and lasts three years.

Does Your New Drone Need to be Registered?

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Thousands of people across the US are getting a drone for Christmas. While you are probably eager to go outside and get your drone up in the air, don’t forget about the law.

Regulations from the FAA state that if your drone is over 0.55 pounds (250 grams) it needs to be registered. All you have to do is go to the FAA website, create an account and then pay a $5 fee. It is easy and straight forward. If you operate your drone without registering, it could result in a fine.

Also, before you fly check to see if there are any flight restrictions in your local area as many cities have created laws that prohibit drone operations in some areas.