India’s Drone Policy is Finally Taking Shape, But be Careful About The Weight Before You Buy


The ambiguity around owning and subsequently flying drones in India, is finally coming to an end. The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has announced the policy for the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), autonomous aircraft and model aircraft in India—and the drones fall under this umbrella.

The new rules come into effect from 01 December 2018, with clear guidelines about the classification of each of these aircraft categories, the fly zones and approvals that govern usage of these machines.

The government of India classifies drones under the Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) category. “Remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) is an unmanned aircraft, which is piloted from a remote pilot station. A remotely piloted aircraft, its associated remote pilot station(s), command and control links and any other components forms a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS),” states the policy.

The policy has classified the drones into multiple categories, according to the weight. A drone classified in the ‘Nano’ category will have a weight less than or equal to 250 grams. Slightly bigger drones will be classified as ‘Micro’, and will weigh between 250 grams to 2kg. Read More

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