India Announces New Drone Regulations

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India just announced the rollout of their first ever regulations for commercial drone operations, which will go into effect December 1st.

India's Ministry of Civil Aviation explained that their new drone regulations should be viewed only as the first set of drone rules, and shared a few of the items they’d like to consider for a future 2.0 version. Some of the proposed inclusions for the next step include BVLOS operations and a certification process for drone hardware and software.

Here are a few of the regulations that will go into effect on December 1, 2018: 

  • All drones except those in the Nano category must be registered and issued a Unique Identification Number (UIN).
  • A permit is required for commercial drone operations (except for those in the Nano category flown below 50 feet and those in the Micro category flown below 200 feet).
  • Drone pilots must maintain a direct visual line of sight at all times while flying.
  • Drones cannot be flown more than 400 feet vertically.
  • Drones cannot be flown in areas specified as “No Fly Zones”, which include areas near airports, international borders, strategic locations, and military installations.
  • Permission to fly in controlled airspace can be obtained by filing a flight plan and obtaining a unique Air Defense Clearance (ADC) / Flight Information Center (FIC) number.

Read up on the rest of the new policy and other regulations India plans to implement on the UAV Coach news page:

Do you plan to fly your drone in India? What do you think of their new drone regulations and their No Permission, No Takeoff policy?

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