Introducing the new Drone Rule 2021 will significantly enhance India’s private and commercial drone-owning ecosystem. The new Drone Rule 2021 significantly liberalizes previously tightly regulated spaces and demonstrates the government’s clear intention for more individuals to own and operate drones for private and commercial use in India. I am. An important point of the new drone rule 2021 is to reduce the number of hoops that previously had to jump to get permission. The new rules ease both the licensing process and the fees associated with execution. So.
Abolish approval of old drones
In the first place, Drone Rule 2021 abolishes many of the approvals previously required before individuals apply for a drone license. As a result, drone license applicants must apply for a permit and license to own and operate the drone in India before applying for the drone’s unique authorization number, unique prototype identification number, conformity certificate, and maintenance certificate. Eliminates the need to provide. Airspace.
Applicants also approve operator permits and other documents such as approvals for their respective drone R & D organizations, remote pilot licenses for students, remote pilot instructor approvals, drone port approvals, and other documents regarding drone import permits. Eliminates the need to create documents. A component for owning and operating a drone in India.
Facilitates the drone application process
The new Drone Rule 2021 decisively claims to facilitate the entire drone application process. To this end, the new rules make it clear that the total number of forms and permits required to obtain a drone license in India has been reduced from 25 to 5. Applicants do not need to obtain additional security clearance prior to registering the drone and issuing a license for the drone pilot. The new rules also argue that drone permit fees will be reduced to “nominal levels” in the future.
Setup for commercial drone use
In addition to alleviating the complex approvals previously required, the new drone rule 2021 also brings Drone with payload capacity Up to 500 kg under that fold. Therefore, the new rules include heavy payload drones and, as specifically mentioned in the new rules, “drone taxis”. The move underscores the central government’s clear intention to increase commercial use of drones in India, especially in the following areas: Unmanned e-commerce delivery Move to the normal area and the previously unserviced area.
The regulation also explicitly proposes the creation of a drone corridor dedicated to freight transport, confirming the central government’s intentions in this area. Companies are also responding under the new rules that a new unmanned aerial vehicle system promotion council will be established to create a “business-friendly” regulatory system to support the use of drones in freight transport.
Encourage private drone users
The Indian government is clearly trying to encourage more individuals to use drones. For this purpose, the maximum penalty for violating the new Drone Rule 2021 is limited to Rs 10,000. The procedure for transferring and unregistering drones in India has also been relaxed, and the process of normalizing existing drones in India has also been relaxed. For non-commercial use, the new Drone Rule 2021 stipulates that recreational or casual users do not need a pilot license to own and operate a nano drone or micro drone.
For these private drone users, the new rules will inform you about safety features such as “No Permission-No Takeoff” (NPNT), real-time tracking beacon, and geo-fencing. A minimum lead time of 6 months is provided for compliance. “
Primarily for individual users, the government has established a new platform called the Digital Sky Platform. The latter displays an interactive airspace map divided into red (no flight), yellow (middle), and green (allowable) airspace zones. The yellow zone here has been reduced from 45 km to the nearby airport, which was a former parameter, to now within 12 km of the airport.
This move should further facilitate the use of drones among private, creative and casual users. The platform also acts as a portal for registering all drones online, further facilitating the application process for all users.
Drone training and certification management
From now on, the new rules will stipulate that all drone training and exams for licensed pilots will be issued by an accredited drone school. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation is responsible for establishing training requirements, overseeing the performance of these drone schools, and providing drone pilot licenses issued online.
The new rules further state that the Indian Quality Council and its accredited certification bodies are tasked with issuing drone type certificates to help users establish differences between nanodrones, microdrones, etc. This is important to understand which drone pilots need a license to operate, which drone pilots are eligible for casual and recreational drones, and which drone pilots fall into the commercial and regulated areas.
The Directorate General of Foreign Trade regulates the import of drones in India, and finally, the new Drone Rule 2021 allows research institutes trying to use drones in their projects to obtain drone type certificates, unique identification numbers and remote pilots. It stipulates that you do not need to license or other prior permission – therefore greatly liberalize the use of drones in India.
Government promotes commercial use, facilitates casual owners etc.