For every year that integration of drones is delayed, the U.S. economy will lose more than $10 billion in potential economic impact, or $27.6 million a day, according to the study.
"It's like any other technology boom — GPS, the Internet," said Melanie Hinton, spokeswoman at the trade group. "I think as soon as people start seeing the positive effects, the growth in economics, how it will help people do their jobs safer and more efficiently, that it will go mainstream."
Among the 50 states, experts believe, California has the most to gain in economic benefit from the opening of the national air space for drones. Washington state is second and Texas third.
In the first three years, according to the trade association study, the Golden State would see $2.4 billion in increased economic activity, with more than 12,000 new jobs created. Over a decade, the economic activity would increase to $14.4 billion, including more than 18,000 new jobs.