Consumer / Commercial Drone Development –
Ranking Countries by Government Accommodation...
Source: News articles, KPCB analysis – Wen Hsieh / James Tang / Paul Yeh.
1) France & United Kingdom
• Both countries allow Beyond Visual Line of Sight “BVLOS” commercial operations.
• In France, users must obtain a proper pilot’s license plus 100 hours of flying experience &
20 hours of drone training.
• In United Kingdom, operator must be approved by the Civil Aviation Authority “CAA.”
• France & UK both have training certifications, weight categories & relatively mature regulatory
• Early to allow commercial operations with Special Flight Operating Certificates and regulator
takes holistic safety approach without requiring pilots licenses. In November 2014, Transport
Canada issued blanket exemptions for drones weighing less than 2kgs, but restrictions are tight
whereby UAVs 2kg or less have to avoid flying closer than 9km from build-up areas (e.g. group
of buildings larger than a farmstead).
• Still lacks a comprehensive regulatory framework.
• Australia has a mature regulatory framework, but Civil Aviation and Safety Authority “CASA” is
rewriting its regulations with the concept of a micro UAS rule. Yamaha has had success in
Australia with its R-MAX unmanned helicopter.
• Led way on UAVs 20 years ago with development of the Yamaha R-MAX, but country did not
develop regulatory structure, and has lost its early technical lead.