China's Drone Industry Rapid Growth and Future Prospects

TapTechNews July 11th news, at the press conference held by the State Council Information Office yesterday (July 10th), Song Zhiyong, director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China, disclosed that in the first half of this year, nearly 608,000 new drones were registered in China, an increase of 48% compared to the end of last year.

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In the first half of this year, the cumulative flight hours of drones reached 9.816 million hours, an increase of 134,000 hours compared to the same period last year. Currently, the total number of drone enterprises holding valid civil unmanned aircraft operation certificates exceeds 14,000, and the number of people holding drone operator licenses exceeds 225,000.

Song Zhiyong also said that the flight punctuality rate of China's civil aviation has exceeded 80% for six consecutive years. In the first half of this year, with a flight volume increase of 13.4% year-on-year, the flight punctuality rate reached 86.37%.

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TapTechNews noticed that in March this year, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Finance, and the Civil Aviation Administration of China jointly issued the Implementation Plan for Innovative Application of General Aviation Equipment (2024-2030).

Among them, it is proposed that by 2027, the supply capacity and industrial innovation ability of general aviation equipment in China will be significantly enhanced, the basic support system of modern general aviation will be basically established, an efficient integrated industrial ecosystem will be initially formed, and the public service equipment system of general aviation will be basically perfected. New general aviation equipment with technological characteristics such as unmanned, electrification, and intelligence will achieve commercial application in urban air transport, logistics and distribution, emergency rescue and other fields.

By 2030, a new model of general aviation industry development characterized by high-end, intelligent, and green will be basically established, supporting and guaranteeing the short-haul transport + electric vertical takeoff and landing passenger transport network, the trunk-branch-terminal drone distribution network, and the safe and efficient operation of the low-altitude production and operation network meeting the needs of agricultural and industrial operations. General aviation equipment will be fully integrated into all areas of people's production and life, becoming a powerful driving force for the growth of the low-altitude economy and forming a trillion-dollar market scale.

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