Drone Policy India

The use of any machinery or implicated technology in the commercial and enforcement applications calls for laying down ground rules, policies, and laws to ensure sanctioned and valid use of the said object. The popularity and potential versatility of the drone in India recently resulted in the announcement of the CAR, in effect from December 1, 2018. In layman terms, the Drone rules India has put-down, shall be governing the authentication and consecutive use of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or Drones.

Before one gets into the legal and ethical requisites of possessing and flying drones, here is a look at some of the crucial terms involved in the Drone policy India:

  • DGCA - Director General of Civil Aviation, the government regulatory body for civil aviation, under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
  • RPA - Remotely Piloted Aircraft, an unmanned aircraft remotely piloted from a distant station.
  • UAOP - Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit, a permit issued by DGCA for respective pilots.
  • CAR - Civil Aviation Requirements.
  • UIN - Unique Identification Number issued to each drone operating Indian entity by DGCA.
  • NPNT - No Permission. No Take-off.
  • VLSO - Visual line-of-sight.

The Drone policy India includes rules as follows:

  1. Registration, issuance of UIN and obtaining a permit are mandatory for all RPA, except those falling in Nano category.
  2. VLSO must be maintained by the pilot throughout a flight.
  3. The vertical limit to fly a drone is restricted to 400 feet.
  4. No-fly zones throughout the country apply restrictions to the entry of drones as well.
  5. An Air Defence Clarence or Flight Information Centre number can be obtained for permission to fly in controlled airspace.

The DGCA stipulates that violations to the Drone policy India will be punishable under the Indian Penal Code and the Aircraft Act (1934).

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