One hopes many more will mushroom given the simplified process of owning and operating a drone in India. The PIB press release notes that “Standard operating procedures (SOP) and training procedure manuals (TPM) will be prescribed by DGCA on the digital sky platform for self-monitoring by users. No approvals are required unless there is a significant departure from the prescribed procedures”.
Only an aviation professional who has navigated the minefield of training and licensing in India will recognise the full import of these words. Words like “trust, self-certification, and non-intrusive monitoring” don’t sit easily on our system.
A Bold New Beginning! DroneOn!
The finalised Drone Rules 2021 will come into force on the date of its publication in the Official Gazette of India. Comments are welcome till 5 August 2021.
It may well be one of those rare transformational moments in Indian civil aviation. If you are between 18 to 65 years of age, have passed class X or equivalent from a recognised board, have completed the training prescribed by DGCA for applicable class of remote pilot licence from an authorised remote pilot training organisation, you are good to go!
Polite request: Please lookout for helicopters! We are still stuck in the stone age, have no credible lobby, no ADS(B), and are still perceived as nuisance in India!