Drone Regulations 1.0: Flying facts about the new drone policy, major guidelines you must know

The government on Monday (August 27) announced new policy and guidelines for remotely piloted aircraft, or better known as “drones” which will come into effect from December 1. Unveiling the “Drone Regulations 1.0” here, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said that these would help foster technology and innovation in the development of drones — which have an extensive range of applications ranging from the commercial use of drones (unmanned aircraft) across sectors such as agriculture, health and disaster relief under new regulations.

All drone operations will have to be approved by the Digital Sky Platform, the details about which will be available on the DGCA website, and no paper-based process is needed for registering and operating drones. However, one has to do a one-time registration of drones, pilots, and owners on the Digital Sky Platform. The Digital Sky platform will be a first national unmanned traffic management platform that implements ‘no permission, no take-off’ for remotely piloted aircraft. However, there are certain rules that must be followed in order to own and operate a drone. Any violation of these norms may put you in trouble under relevant sections of the Aircraft Act 1934 and the Indian Penal Code.

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