Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) India Update !

MoCA has Released the new Drone Rules 2021!!

The major highlights are as below-

1. The relaxation in rules stipulates that no security clearance is now required before any registration or issuing of license for the operation of drones. Meanwhile, the fee for permissions to operate drones has also been reduced to nominal levels, the new rules explain.

2. Under the ‘Drone Rules, 2021’, drone corridors will be developed for cargo deliveries. The rules also mention that the coverage of drones under these new rules has increased from 300 kg to 500 kg. This would include drones that can carry heavy payloads and drone taxis, an ANI report explains.

3. Some previous approvals that have been removed under the new rules include a unique authorization number, unique prototype identification number, certificate of conformance, certificate of maintenance, operator permits, authorization of R&D organizations, and a remote pilot instructor authorization. Moreover, the maximum penalty under the new rules has been reduced to ₹1 lakh.

4. In the coming days, an interactive airspace map with green, yellow, and red zones will be displayed on the government’s ‘Digital Sky’ platform. The yellow zone has been reduced from 45 km to 12 km from the perimeter of an operational airport. No permission is required for operating a drone in green zones and up to 200 feet in the area between 8 and 12 km from the airport’s perimeter

5. Safety features such as ‘no permission-no take-off’, real-time tracking beacons, geo-fencing, etc will be notified in the future. A minimum six-month lead time will be provided for compliance, the ANI report adds.

6. All drone training and examination will be carried out by authorized drone schools. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) shall prescribe training requirements, oversee drone schools and provide pilot licenses online, it added.

7. However, the import of drones will be regulated by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT). An ‘Unmanned Aircraft Systems Promotion Council’ will also be set up to facilitate a business-friendly regulatory regime, the rules add.

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