According to India’s national aviation authority, the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Now flying a drone is legal in India, but certain regulations listed below which you need to read before you take your first flight.
Drone Categories in India
First we will study about the categories of drones in INDIA. There are 5 categories listed below.
Registration is required for all except the Nano category.
- Nano: Less than or equal to 250 grams (.55 pounds)
- Micro: From 250 grams (.55 pounds) to 2kg (4.4 pounds)
- Small: From 2kg (4.4 pounds) to 25kg (55 pounds)
- Medium: From 25kg (55 pounds) to 150kg (330 pounds)
- Large: Greater than 150kg (33 pounds)
Rules for Flying a Drone in India:
The most important rules to know for flying a drone in India.
- All drones are required to be registered except those in the Nano category and issued a Unique Identification Number (UIN).
- Drone pilots must maintain a direct visual line of sight at all times while flying.
- A permit is required for commercial operations (except for those in the Nano category flown below 50 feet and those in the Micro category flown below 200 feet).
- 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, State Secretariat Complex in State Capitals, 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.
India’s No Permission, No Takeoff Policy
Drone pilots are required to request permission to fly via a mobile app before every single flight, which will automatically process the request and grant or reject it. This system is called “No Permission, No Takeoff” (NPNT) in INDIA. If a drone pilot tries to fly without receiving permission from the Digital Sky Platform, he or she will simply not be able to take off.
All drone operators will register their drone and request permission to fly for each flight through India’s Digital Sky Platform. The Digital Sky Platform and further details will be available on the DGCA website from December 1, 2018.
To know more information on India’s drone laws, see this page on the DGCA website.
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