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Don’t Forget the Small Business Drone User, Says CTA

Arlington, VA – March 10, 2016 – 

The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, formerly Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s hearing entitled “Up in the Air: Examining the Commercial Applications of Unmanned Aircraft for Small Businesses”:
“The benefits drones offer are limitless. Drone technology is not only adding to the bottom line for small businesses – it's also creating jobs, fostering innovation and improving our lives. From the quick delivery of life-saving medication and increased crop production to safer work environments for building and bridge inspection teams, drones have the power to help millions of people across the nation.
“We must allow our innovators to fully realize drones’ potential as a truly life-changing technology. With more than 3,400 exemption applications awaiting review by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), we will continue to work with members of Congress to ensure that the FAA adopts rules that allow small businesses to get the maximum benefits from drone technology.”
CTA recently welcomed a number of new association members from the drone sector: manufacturers Dronomy, Lily and Yuneec; and services companies AirMap, a hearing witness, and Flirtey.
According to CTA market research, sales of drones in the U.S. will top 2.8 million units in 2016 – a 149 percent increase over last year’s total – and shipment revenues will reach $953 million, a 115 percent increase from 2015. CTA’s biannual U.S. Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts also delineates expected U.S. drone sales for units above and below 250 grams, the FAA’s delineation line for mandatory drone registration.
At next week’s SXSW Interactive festival, CTA will host two panels focused on drone policies: Get Your Goods: Unmanned Systems and 3D Printing with CTA member Gur Kimchi, Prime Air; and Policies Impacting Drones and the Future of Flight with Jon Resnick from DJI, Greg McNeal from AirMap and Marke “Hoot” Gibson of the FAA.

About the Consumer Technology Assocation

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, formerly Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, is the trade association representing the $287 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.