To bring a boom in the Indian civil aviation sector, Indian govt announced a policy and guidelines for remotely piloted aircraft or drones which will come into use from December 1.
Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu unveiled the “Drone Regulations 1.0” and said that it would bring opportunities and development in the sector of aviation. The development and advancement in drone technology would support enable for aerial relief, in disaster relief and in agriculture to get an accurate survey.
Mr Prabhu said “The drone market in India holds the potential of hitting over $1 trillion (roughly Rs. 70 lakh crores). We plan to develop drone manufacture not only for the domestic market but to cater to the global market as well.”
Minister shared that Drone Regulations 1.0 will become effective from December 1 and is formulated as an “all-digital process”. Digital Sky platform will be the nation’s first management platform unmanned.
Sinha added “The Digital Sky platform will be a first national unmanned traffic management platform that implements ‘no permission, no takeoff’ for remotely piloted aircraft,”
The Minister shared that one has to just register their drone for once on the platform which will even allow for the online filing of a drone’s specific flight path and use. The Drone Regulations 1.0 will support the safe and commercial use of the drones. It will even allow visual line-of-sight,daytime-only and a maximum of 400-feet altitude operations,
The regulation offers various categories of drones which are to be registered and get a Unique Identification Number (UIN) except the nano type and those which are owned by intelligence agencies and govt.
The regulation states “for flying in controlled airspace, the filing of a flight plan and obtaining Air Defence Clearance/Flight Information Centre number shall be necessary.”
Regulation even remarked “no-drone zone” near international borders, around airports, state Secretariat complexes in state capitals, strategic locations and vital military installations and Vijay Chowk in Delhi.
Mr Sinha denoted the success of the drone as a great achievement and said that it opens the opportunities for the aviation sector and for start-up industries. He even shared that travelling as air-passengers will be possible through passenger drones.
The drones will not be allowed to use for the delivery of items except for govt agencies, which can use it for making deliveries.
The Civil Aviation Minister even informed that Drone Task Force is working on policy regulations which will allow for flying automated drones that will have capabilities to operate beyond the line of sight.
The regulation even shared about the Minimum manufacturing standards and training requirements of drone pilots.