India’s drone policy out; to be effective from December
- As per the new Indian drone policy, which comes into implementation from December 1, 2018, drones can be used for commercial purposes but within the line of sight of its operator.
- “The Drone Regulations 1.0 will enable the safe, commercial usage of drones starting December 1. The regulations are intended to enable visual line-of-sight, daytime only and a maximum of 400 feet altitude operations,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha said.
- Taking weight into account, drones will be categorised into five categories – nano, micro, small, medium and large. Nano drones will be those which weigh less than 250 grams, while large will weigh over 150 kg.
- Operators of all but nano category of drones will have to register as pilots on the new ‘Digital Sky Platform’, which is created exclusively for this purpose. A person must be at least 18 years of age and class 10 graduate (with English knowledge) to be eligible for drone flying.
- The policy also identifies certain areas around airports, international borders, state Secretariat complexes in state capitals, military installations, etc. as ‘no-drone zones’.