The authorities on Wednesday issued draft laws on the civil use of drones, which may also allow business use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for images, doorstep supply, and even passenger transport.
The draft laws – arrived at after discussions with stakeholders – can be positioned within the public area for a month to hunt feedback and solutions, after which the principles can be finalised, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju otld the media in New Delhi.
“By December 31, we will be in a position to come up with the final regulatory framework for the use of drones,” Civil Aviation Secretary R.N. Choubey added.
Under the draft guidelines issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), drones have been categorized into 5 classes primarily based on most take-off weight: nano (as much as 250g), micro (251g to 2 kg), mini (2kg to 25kg), small (25kg to 150kg) and massive (over 150kg).
“Except for nano category and those operated by government security agencies, all other commercial categories of drones will be registered by the DGCA, which will issue it a Unique Identification Number,” Choubey mentioned.
A Civil Aviation Ministry assertion mentioned that mini and above classes would require Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit whereas mannequin plane as much as 2kg flown beneath 200 toes inside academic establishment premises is not going to require allow or identification quantity.
Remote pilots of the drones should bear requisite coaching, besides in case of nano and micro classes, the assertion added.
The draft guidelines additionally imposed restrictions on the usage of drones when it comes to no-fly zones, together with space inside 5km radius from an airport, inside 50km from worldwide border, past 500 metres of the shoreline, inside 5km radius of Vijay Chowk in Delhi, and from cellular platform akin to shifting automobiles, ships or plane.
They would additionally not be permitted to fly over densely populated areas with out prior approval and over areas affecting public security or the place emergency operations are underway, the assertion added.
Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha mentioned as soon as the ultimate guidelines are formulated, drones may very well be used for duties like wildlife images, delivering medical provides, e-commerce deliveries, inspection of pipelines, and even passenger transport.
The goal is to facilitate modern purposes of this expertise, he mentioned.
Adapted From: Gadgets360