Australia, Belgium and Norway most prepared for drone operations, says latest Droneii report

The Drone Regulation Report 2022 published by Droneii provides a ‘Drone Readiness Index (DRI)’ which incorporates the latest drone regulations from around the globe, says the publisher.

The DRI is based on several factors which help describe how much a country’s regulatory landscape might translate into a high rate of drone adoption:

  • Applicability – having regulations specifically designed for drones and updated in the past 24 months
  • Human Resources – how regulations streamline recruitment, training, and certification of humans that work with commercial drones
  • Administrative Infrastructure – how much the responsible use of commercial drones is facilitated by insurance requirements, drone regulations, and standard procedures for acquiring flight permission
  • Operational scope – measuring whether and how drones are able to operate (BVLOS, over people, at night, near people)
  • Airspace integration – between manned and unmanned airspaces
  • Social acceptance – how much regulation takes into account data protection and/or privacy issues, which can affect the reputation of drones as a whole within the country

Based on these criteria, the top countries in the 2022 Drone Readiness Index are Australia, Belgium and Norway, says the report. These countries score among the top in Operational Scope, Administrative Infrastructure, and Airspace Integration, which certainly helps their ranking. Last year’s leaders (Singapore and UAE) experienced a significant drop, though they nevertheless remain among the top 20 countries and ahead of the United States (despite a leading international role that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) traditionally enjoys when it comes to influential and latest drone regulations).

Report insights:

  • The latest drone regulations pave the way for more BVLOS, OOP and at-night operations
  • Both the FAA and EASA have continued to develop and implement path-leading regulations for drone technology
  • International drone standards for basic and advanced operations will take effect in the next 5 years to allow for better leveraging of drone technology
  • Regulators in several countries besides the FAA and EASA will look to implement new rules to allow for more drone operations to take place.

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