India's drone policy: Here is what you need to know

The new policy defines what will be classified as remotely piloted aircraft, how they can be flown and the restrictions they will have to operate under


Coming December, flying drones in India will be relatively easier as the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has given the permission to fly drones but with some rules and regulations.

While drone is basically a flying object, the DGCA policy defines it as 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).”

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DGCA has categorised drones in five different types

  • Nano drone
  • Micro drone
  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large

Meanwhile, people who have other than the Nano drone have to get an approval from the DGCA.  Once applied if the DGCA grants an import clearance, only then a person can fly drones.

For the registration of the drones and permission to fly will be done digitally through the ‘digital sky platform’, that is connected to the local police and which will be implemented as “no permission, no take off”.

One cannot operate here: 

  • Beyond 500m into the sea from the coastline
  • Within 3 km from the perimeter of military installations
  • Within 5 km radius of Vijay Chowk in New Delhi
  • Eco-sensitive zones around national parks and wildlife sanctuaries
  • Within 3 km of State secretariat complexes
  • Within 2 km of “strategic locations” notified by the Ministry of Home Affairs
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