Now, obtain permit to fly a drone

The UAS cannot discharge or drop substances unless specially cleared and mentioned in UAOP. It should not also carry any explosives, dangerous goods, animals and human. DH filr photo

Those planning civilian use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) need to obtain an operators’ permit and Unique Identification Number (UIN) from the country’s civil aviation regulator.

According to the draft Civil Aviation Regulation (CAR) publicised by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), “The DGCA will register all civil unmanned aircrafts and issue a UA Operator Permit (UAOP) on case-to-case basis.”

The UAS cannot discharge or drop substances unless specially cleared and mentioned in UAOP. It should not also carry any explosives, dangerous goods, animals and human.

The UAOP can be obtained by only an Indian citizen or a company with its principal business within India and its substantial ownership and effective control vested in Indian nationals, the draft said.

The DGCA had in 2014 banned use of UAVs and drones till it formulated regulations. The CAR came after Ministry of Civil Aviation and its counterparts in Home Affairs held a series of meetings to iron out the details pertaining to security issues.

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