Drone Rules May Exempt Aero Models

Will the country’s aeromodellers get a reprieve in the proposed regulations on civil drones?

Aviation hobbyists who were at an open house with Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha and officials here on Tuesday came away with such a hope: that the government would consider framing separate CAR (Civil Aviation Requirements) for aeromodelling within the regulations for drones.

About 80 stakeholders including drone operators, drone makers and aeromodellers reportedly took part in the consultations attended by Hillol Biswas, Director (Aero Engineering Division), of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, sources said.

Kartik Shah, a Bengaluru entrepreneur and a long-time aeromodelling enthusiast with Wings India, said aeromodelling, unlike drones, is a benign, non-commercial sport that uses low technology. Individuals engage in it purely for recreation and as such, the threat perception from it was misplaced in the draft rules. Read More…

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