Flying Drones – Legal in India from December 1, 2018

Flying Drones – Legal in India from December 1, 2018

Flying of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) or in common parlance, drones, will be legal across India from December 1. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has finalized a national drone policy and has fixed parameters – including height – for drone flights. From the outset, the policy outlines a No Drone Zones. The regulation defines “No Drone Zones” like areas around airports, near the international border, Vijay Chowk in Delhi, State Secretariat Complex in state capitals, strategic locations, vital military installations and such.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation said that drones are a technology platform that has wide-ranging applications from photography to agriculture, from infrastructure asset maintenance to insurance. The new drone policy has a huge digital root. Instead of simply digitizing a paper-based process for registering and operating drones, India has formulated an all-digital process. The Digital Sky Platform is the first-of-its-kind national unmanned traffic management (UTM) platform that implements “no permission, no takeoff” (NPNT).

According to the regulator, foreigners are not permitted to fly drones in the country. “Foreigners are currently not allowed to fly drones in India.

Indian police have adopted this technique for better management at crowded places and to monitor the people. It is used for security reasons. It is making the work of policemen way too easy.

The main point to be noted on this regulation is, Civilian can operate it only during the daytime and flying will be restricted within visual sight which would be 450 meters. Exception for nano drones and those owned by National Technical Research Organisation and central intelligence agencies, the rest would be registered and issued Unique Identification Number (UIN).

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