New Drone Policy 2021: Check out these IMPORTANT FAQs on the new drone rules in India
Today, the central government has announced the New Drone Policy. Under Drone Rules 2021, no security clearance is required before registration or licence issuance. Fees for permissions reduced to nominal levels.
New Drone Policy 2021: The New Drone Policy has been announced by the central government today, August 26, 2021. The Ministry of Civil Aviation has put forward its new policy after consulting government agencies and common people in the old rules.
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ANI has tweeted about the announcement of the Drone Rules 2021 from its official Twitter handle. The tweet said, "New Drone Policy announced. Under Drone Rules 2021, no security clearance is required before registration or licence issuance. Fees for permissions reduced to nominal levels. Maximum penalty reduced to Rs 1 lakh, not applicable to penalties in respect of violation of other laws."
New Drone Policy announced. Under Drone Rules 2021, no security clearance is required before registration or licence issuance. Fees for permissions reduced to nominal levels.
Maximum penalty reduced to Rs 1 lakh, not applicable to penalties in respect of violation of other laws.
— ANI (@ANI) August 26, 2021
Zee Business reporter Ambarsih Pandey has reported about the about the queries that common people have in their minds about the Drone Rules 2021.
Here are a list of FAQs regarding the Drone Rules 2021:
1) What is the new drone policy?
As per the New Drone Policy, many clearances are no longer needed. They include - Unique Authorization Number, Unique Prototype Identification Number, Consent Certificate, Maintenance Certificate, Operator Permit, Approval of R&D Institute, Remote Pilot License for Trainee, Approval of Remote Pilot Instructor, Approval for Import of Drone Parts.
2) What is the load carrying capacity?
The new drone rules now cover drones that can carry up to 500 kg. Earlier, the limit was limited to 300 kg. The government aims to promote payload lifters, drones and drone taxis.
3) What are the conditions for license?
Approvals reduced from 25 to5, registration of a drone or obtaining licence no longer require approval of security agencies. In addition, the fees for approval are also only nominal.
4) What is the penalty if rules are violated?
Under the Drone Rules, 2021, a maximum penalty of Upto Rs. However, breaking the rules of the rest of the area could also attract a penalty other than the new drone rules.
5) Who will decide the route?
Digital Sky will decide the route. Preparations for creation of 'Digital Sky Platform' to route drones to fly. It will mention Green, Yellow and Red Jones. Online registration of all drones is mandatory.
6) Will flights be approved closer to the airport?
While the yellow zone was earlier covered for a distance of 45 km from the airport, it was now reduced to 12 km from the airport. The need for approval to fly drones at higher altitudes within this range from the airport remains intact. However, permission will also not be taken to fly drones up to 200 feet within 8 to 12 km radius of the airport. On the other hand, no clearance is required to fly drones in the Green Zone.
7) What is the process of transaction and deregistration of drones?
Easy process for transaction and deregistration ofdrones. Easy opportunities for regularization of existing drones. Also, no pilot licence is required for non-commercially used nano drones and micro drones (small drones).
8) What is the condition necessary for flight?
Drone school approval required for drone flying training and examinations. This will be supported by DGCA and will facilitate online licensing of pilot licences along with monitoring of drone schools. However, institutions involved in R&D works do not need remote pilot licence or any other certificate.
9) Who will fix the import rules?
DGFT to fix rules for import of drones. Corridors of drones will be prepared for cargo delivery.
10) What is the update on safety features?
Rules will be issued on safety features like No Permission-No Take Off (NPNT), Real Time Tracking, Geo Fencing. At least six months time will be given to follow them.
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