Finally a good news for Indians. It’s legal now to fly drones in India. under Drone Regulation 1.0. On monday, Union Minister of Civil Aviation Shri Suresh Prabhu made an announcement about the Drone regulation 1.0 and explained about its rules and regulation. He also added an information that this regulation will be effected on December 1st, 2018 and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will announce an exclusive digital platform for handling the permission process for flying drones.

What is Drone Regulation 1.0?

To put this in simple words, we can say that flying drones and getting permission for that in india is going to be lot more easier than how it was before. Ok let’s see how it works. So far getting permission for flying drones in public places or events were a very long paperwork process, but with this new drone policy Indians can acquire permission from fully automated and digitalized platform known as national Unmanned traffic management (UTM) platform where drone owners, pilots and drones should register as an one time process and get permission to fly drones within minutes or hours for every flight.

Yet the fly zones are divided into 3 categories and types of drones are divided into 5.

Fly zones:

Red Zone: Completely Prohibited. No Drones areas.

(near Airports, international borders , Vijay Chowk located in Delhi, State Secretariats and Military Installations)

Yellow Zone: Controlled Airspace, Permission required

Green Zone: Automatic Permission.

Types of Drones:

Nano: up to 250 grams.

Micro: 250 grams to 2 kgs.

Small: 2 kgs to 25 kgs.

Medium: 25 kgs to 150 kgs.

Large:  above 150 kgs.

In this, all Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) (Drones) except those which fall under the category of nano and except Central Intelligence owned drones must register and acquire Unique Identification Number (UIN)

As of now, drones except nano are allowed to fly within vision circle airspace for not above 400ft from the ground.

It said that the Minister of state Mr.Jayant Sinha from Ministry of Civil Aviation of India will release a draft about Drone Regulation 2.0, which is expected to leverage all the complicated registration process.

The automated permission system work something like a digital platform which gives automatic permission if the surrounding is a Green Zone. If the drone is not permitted to fly, eventually it cannot take off.

If you find any drone flying around after December 1st, you can conclude that the drone is permitted by the government to fly.

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