Drones are go in India – Directorate General of Civil Aviation releases draft regulations

It has been technically illegal to operate drones in India but at a recent press conference, Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey said, “Drones are difficult to regulate. We’ve come up with draft CAR on UAS. There will be a stakeholder consultation for 30 days. After that, we will put out the final regulatory framework, which ensures ease of using drones while maintaining that it doesn’t breach of security.”

The magic 250g number comes to the fore once again, anything lighter than that will not need to be registered with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Platforms over 2kg AUW will need air defence clearance.

The Airports Authority of India and Indian Air Force shall monitor all RPA movements in the country. Electronic tracking is a requirement for everything above 250g in weight.

A worrying development that I hope does not ensnare model aircraft fliers, a minimum age of 18 will also be applied.

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