The DJI Drone family is leading the way with US Companies
The DJI Drone is definitely the most popular choice amongst customers that have received their Section 333 exemption. The FAA includes all exemption request paperwork on their site and the DJI family (Phantom and Inspire drones) are the leading model companies are stating they are using.
The Voice of America has a great article providing additional details.
“Technology Co Ltd has established a strong early lead in the U.S. commercial market as companies turn to its inexpensive, light-weight flying devices for a host of uses from shooting films to mapping and site inspections.
Sixty-one of the 129 companies that received regulatory approval to use unmanned aircraft are using DJI drones, or 47 percent, far ahead of its nearest rival, a Reuters review of federal records as of April 9 shows. Nearly 400 other companies, more than half of the 695 businesses still awaiting approval, have applied to use DJI drones.
Shenzhen-based DJI, whose best-selling Phantom 2 Vision+ drone retails for around $1,200 in the United States, estimates that it already has about 70 percent of the commercial market worldwide and a larger portion of the consumer market.
Federal records also suggest that DJI is quickly expanding its U.S. market share, thanks in part to a new process speeding federal exemptions for companies that intend to use drones previously vetted by regulators.
DJI accounted for about a third of the roughly 50 exemptions granted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from last September through mid-March. But it has claimed just over half of the 89 exemptions received since then.”
The DJI Phantom and DJI Inspire drones are excellent choices for aerial photography and video work, as we all know. The stability of the DJI Drone platform is proving to be a good fit for many other uses as well.