Are you excited about flying a drone but troubled by the long list of regulations? The government has removed all your worries by making liberal and easy rules related to flying drones.
No pilot license will be required for non-commercial use of nano drones and micro drones. Drones weighing 250 grams or less are nano and up to 2 kg drones come in the micro count.
Online registration of all drones will be done on the Digital Sky platform. The process of transfer and deregistration of drones has been simplified.
Earlier, many types of approvals had to be taken for drones, they will no longer be necessary. Such as Unique Authorization Number, Maintenance Certificate, Operator Permit, Student Remote Pilot License, Permission to import its components.
Security clearance will not be required for registration or license. The remote pilot license will be valid for 10 years and the fee will be Rs 100 instead of Rs 3000. The number of forms required has been reduced from 25 to 5. 72 types of fees have now been reduced to just 4. The fee will be nominal and not linked to the size of the drone.
There will be an interactive airspace map of green, yellow and red zones on the Digital Sky platform. Drones can be flown outside the Yellow Zone i.e. a radius of about 12 km from the airport. Earlier this range was 45 km.
No permission will be required to fly the drone up to 200 feet above the green zone and within a radius of 8-12 from the airport. If the drone rules are broken, the maximum fine will be up to one lakh rupees, but other rules will be in their place.
The weight limit in the drone rules has been increased from 300 kg to 500 kg. With this, heavy payload lifting drones and drone taxis will also come under its purview. Drone corridor will be made for cargo delivery.
Authorized Drone Schools will do the work of providing training and taking examinations related to drones. DGCA will tell what kind of training will be. The learner will do the work of monitoring the drone school and giving pilot license online.
The government has said that India can become a global drone hub by 2030 due to innovation, IT, traditional skills in engineering and huge demand in the domestic market. According to that, the Drone Rules 2021 notified today is liberal from the UAS Rules 2021 issued in March. The UAS Rules 2021 were termed by academia, startups, and end-users as a hindrance to the use of drones.
The government says that drones can be of great benefit in every sector of the economy – agriculture, mining, infrastructure, surveillance, emergency assistance, transport, geospatial mapping, defense and law and order. They can contribute significantly to economic growth and employment generation, especially because of their accessibility to remote areas, the ability to perform a variety of tasks and their ease of use.
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