Flying a drone in India? See what 2021 drone rules say for pilots

Drones are coming. From the delivery of medicines and goods to the construction of highways, will help in the survey of laying railway lines. We have been hearing this for so many years. But now it is about to become a reality. Last week, the central government issued Drone Rules 2021. Suggestions have been sought on these by August 5. Under the new rules, nano drones up to 250 grams will not require registration. This will create three zones in the sky for large drones.

Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has shared the features of the new policy on social media. It is claimed that the next Big Tech revolution is about to come because of drones around the world. Startups in India will also be able to ride this new wave and complete operations with less cost, resources and time.

Drones Used For?

With advancement in technology, drones are now used for various purposes from delivery of e-commerce goods, taking photographs, shooting videos to military warfare and space exploration.

In 1991 gulf war, US Military began the first demonstration of drones to target its enemy forces.

Nowadays, drones are also used for different purposes and applications such as delivery, national highway mapping, railway track mapping, smart agricultural work, agriculture land survey, forest monitoring, surveillance and much more.

What is the arrangement for drones in the new policy?

In the new policy, the drone is also like any vehicle. A digital sky platform is being built, which will work for registration of drones, issuance of Unique Identification Number (UIN) and route determination. This system is exactly like RTO, which issues your vehicle number. issues a permit to him. It also issues the route of the roads.

The Digital Sky platform itself will provide the drone technology framework, such as NPNT (No Permission, No Take-Off), flight permissions, and effectively manage the operation and traffic of the drone. Along with the RTO, the responsibility of this platform will also be with the traffic police.

Many approvals have been done away with. Forms have also been reduced from 25 to 5. The coverage of the drone has been increased from 300 kg to 500 kg. Fees have been reduced at several levels. Penalty up to Rs 1 lakh has been imposed for violation of basic rules. No security clearance will be required before registration or issuance of license.

Several other private companies including Indian Railways, National Highway Authority of India are also running pilot projects on the commercial use of drones. These projects will help the government for the data it needs to implement the drone policy.

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