Watch the video below to know one Big Good News for Drone Owners, the information is based on the 2019 Drone laws, rules and updates in India:
“New Drone Rules in India 2019 and A BIG Good News For Drone Owners”
The demand for drone flying is reaching heights and people are getting crazy to capture the vividness and beauty of India through a top-level perspective. Initially it was only possible through flights and helicopter to capture the vision of India from the top but still the results were not satisfactory. When it comes to flying a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) it is not just restricted to flying it, but it is also important to learn and understand every aspect of it. That includes, which drone is preferable and how is it operated. It is necessary to do the homework on how to use it before buying. Once you are successful with its operating features, you can be able to control it well; otherwise, things can be worse.
Initially, it was difficult for drone owners to fly their drone in India as there were no specific laws or regulations based on this aspect. For every time one needed a drone shoot, it was a really long process of approaching the local authorities of the respective area where the shooting has to be done and seeking permission of their approval basically begging for the shots, wherein some people use to give permission and some straight NO! This could be the only reason, why the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which is a body who formulates the laws on, flying a drone in India, has shown up their concern towards this specific point and formed a set of laws for the same.
The DGCA drone law came into action from 1st December 2018, basically giving a wider scope for people especially the aerial cinematographer to do the photography in a much better way. A lot of you may be asking questions about drones like, where to buy it from, is it allowed to fly a drone in India, what are the drone laws and the list goes on. Well! We’ve listed a few pointers here that explain everything that a person must know before flying a Drone in India. So, it is necessary to learn all the legal aspects that are covering this point before heading straight to capturing from the top of the world vision.
There are minor things to look into while flying a drone if you don’t know the basics; it may lead to major complications. The DGCA has categorized the drones in India into 5 major categories, and with this, the concept of identifying your drones belongs to which category and what your responsibilities are towards it, becomes a lot easier.
- Nano: Any drone weighing from 0 to 250 grams (around .55 pounds) comes under this category and it is mainly said to by Toy drones.
- Micro: Any drone that weighs more than 250 grams and up to 2Kg around (4.4 pounds) comes under Micro category.
- Small: Any drone weighing more than 2Kg to 25Kg (around 55 pounds) comes under the Small category.
- Medium: Those drones that weigh more than 25 kg up to 150kg (around 330 pounds) comes under the Medium category)
- Large: Any drone above 150Kg.
The Drone categorizes mentioned above (note: except the Nano category) must be registered before flying. The registration can be done online on the official website of DGCA to generate a Unique Identification Number (UIN) for the same. That specific will be plastered on your drone. It may sound like a very complicated mind wrecking process, but honestly, it is not! Few steps to be followed on the online process and you are done, a simple easy and short process to follow that won’t cost much of your time. Once the DGCA grants the permission, only then you are actually allowed to fly one. But, this isn’t enough; there are further points as well to be considered. Moving on!
No Permission No Take Off Policy:
Before the drone is flown in the air to capture your vision, it is necessary for the drone pilot to request permission from the Digital Sky Platform through the mobile app. The app will process your request automatically and grant or reject it.
This system is termed as “No Permission No take Off” in India and if a drone pilot doesn’t follow the orders and tries to fly without receiving the permission or even after receiving a rejection from the Digital sky platform, they won’t be able to take off their respective drones.
All drone operators are requests to register themselves and request permission before every flight through India’s Digital Sky Platform.
2019 Top Update- Good News
There are quite a number of issues faced during the registration of Drones. Those who owe the DJI Drones are unable to register on DGCA Digital Sky platform. The reason is, DJI (The manufacture of drones) is not yet registered in India. This is the only reason why we are unable to select the drone manufacturer while registering on the Digital Sky Platform.
But this doesn’t mean that the Drone manufacturer won’t be registered in India ever. Yes! There is confirmation news out that DJI will be listed soon in India, which means they are coming to India around May End or June start. As soon as the DJI makes their presence in India, the DGCA will surely update the registration process and manufacturer details option as well. This will make the process smooth and convenient.
If you have purchased the drones from the local DJI dealers, as importing the drones is impossible for now, you can register your drones easily in the DGCA Digital Sky Platform. But you are only able to register the old local drone before 31st July 2019. As the DJI is getting listed in India around May or June, the registration of old drone will be accepted until July end only.
If you purchase a local drone, post the time period of registering the old Drone (31st July 2019) you won’t be able to do so.
Rules to Follow:
- Don’t fly a Nano drone above 50ft & Micro drone above 200ft from the Ground level.
- The Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit (UAOP) granted is not transferable and it is up to 5 years.
- While flying a drone, it is utmost important to make sure that the drone is visible to you all the time while flying.
- Ensure that the drone is in good condition.
- Following the guidelines of flying is utmost necessary.
- Also, the Drones cannot be flown vertically to more than 400 feet and 60 meters in height.
- It is important to respect the privacy of the people.
- Flying a drone on private property without information can be dangerous, seek permission before heading onto this decision.
- Flying a drone when you are still is applicable, don’t fly drone while you are moving (in a car, ship, or any other vehicle)
- You are strictly not allowed to fly the drone at night; it is permissible to enjoy shooting only in day time.
- There is no permission granted to flying a drone in a “No Fly Zone” area which includes airports, international borders, and military installations.
- To be precise, you cannot fly drone within 5 km radius of Airports based in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and For the remaining airports in a different location, you cannot fly drone within a 3km radius.
For a better idea of the laws in depth, it is applicable to visit the official site of DGCA and seek information about everything that is required to know to you.
Overall, one this is clear, now the drone law has given quite a scope to photographers aiming to create a vision in a different perspective altogether. Though there are some complication and process that needs to be followed, it is always better to follow the law because they are meant to protect the rights of the citizen in every possible aspect.
There are risks and damages that a Drone may provide to the people or the place in a minor or major sense. For uncertain situations like this, a legal approach of flying the drone and all the documentation at the place will be a good proof to be shown to the officials that may protect you from getting into any trouble.