In the Netherlands there are currently 2,109 drones that are professionally flown registered in the aircraft register. That is a small triple compared to 2017, when only around 755 drones were registered around this time. 9 out of 10 business drones weigh less than 4 kg. More than 90% of the 922 drone operators have an ROC light exemption. This appears from an analysis of Dronewatch.nl.

90% micro or minidrone

In total, the aircraft register at the end of April 2019 contains 4,776 PH registered aircrafts. Drones are now good for more than 44% of the total number of registrations. That was 22% in April 2017. 674 new drones were registered throughout 2017. In 2018 there were 703. In 2019, 297 drones have been registered so far. The oldest registration for an unmanned aircraft dates from July 2011.

Of the 2,109 drones, 729 devices fall into the “microdrone” category (maximum weight of 1 kg), or 34%. The number of drones with a starting mass of between 1 and 4 kg (the so-called “mini drones”) is 1,173, or 55% of the total number of drones. Taken together, the drones up to 4 kg are good for 1,902 registrations, which translates into a percentage of 90%.

Market domination DJI is rising

The market dominance of the Chinese DJI brand in the business market has increased considerably: of the more than 2,000 registered drones, 1,813 are of this brand. This means that the share of DJI has risen to more than 85%. In 2017 that was 74%.

The Chinese Yuneec and French Parrot also have to make do with 36 and 18 registrations respectively. The register also has a few dozen drones from other drone manufacturers, including a small part from the Netherlands.

Almost 1,000 drone operators

The number of companies flying business with drones has also increased. In total there are now 922. Figures from the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT) show that there are currently 80 fully ROC-certified drone operators in the Netherlands. The number of ROC light operators is 842. In the same period in 2017, there were 204: a large quadruple increase. More than 90% of companies that fly business with drones do so under the ROC light, which offers fewer options than the full ROC and therefore requires a smaller investment.

According to Wiebe de Jager from Dronewatch, the strong growth in the number of business drones weighing less than 4 kg can be explained by the increase in the number of ROC-light operators: “One of the conditions of the ROC-light license is that the aircraft flown must not be more than four kilograms. “