Civil Aviation Ministry (India) recently announced that you need to register on a portal called Digital Sky if you want to use your drone in India legally. “Drones” comes under the category of “Remotely Piloted or Unmanned Aircraft” and it’s good to see regulations related to this in India officially.
Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), popularly referred to as drones, are a technology platform with wide-ranging applications. In August 2018, India had announced the release of its Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR) to enable safe flying of RPAS in India. The CAR detailed the obligations of operators, remote pilots/ users and manufacturers/ OEM for safe operations of RPAS and co-operative use of airspace. It also announced Digital Sky Platform, a first of its kind that implements ‘no permission, no take-off’ (NPNT) – a novel system of software-based self-enforcement to minimize deviations from the CAR. The regulations were to come in effect from December 1, allowing the industry time to ready themselves for the launch. Nano drones in India can start flying legally from today. For micro and above categories, operators and pilots are required to register on the Digital Sky Portal.
The platform has begun accepting registrations of users. Payments for Unmanned Aerial Operator’s Permit (UAOP) and Unique Identification Numbers (UIN) will be accepted through the Bharat Kosh (bharatkosh.gov.in) portal.
To get permissions to fly, RPAS operators or remote pilots will have to file a flight plan. Flying in the ‘green zones’ will require only intimation of the time and location of the flights via the portal or the app. Permissions will be required for flying in ‘yellow zones’ and flights will not be allowed in the ‘red zones’. The location of these zones will be announced soon. Permission, if granted, will be available digitally on the portal.
If an RPAS does not have permission to fly, it will not be allowed to take-off under the policy of NoPermission-No-Takeoff (NPNT). This aspect of the portal is expected to be live soon. Existing drone operators are requested to contact their manufacturers for NPNT-compliant firmware upgrades & Equipment Type Approvals (ETA) from WPC Wing of DoT. Potential drone owners are required to buy NPNT-compliant RPAS. A point of contact in the WPC is available on the Digital Sky Website DGCA has released a list of Frequently Asked Questions as well as a list of Do’s & Don’ts for safe flying.
A detailed RPAS Guidance Manual has been released in November and is available on the DGCA website. This includes technical Specifications for NPNT compliance that will help manufacturers roll out relevant upgrades to their RPAS. The import of drones is now permitted as well, and a point of contact in the DGFT is available on the Digital Sky Website.
How To Register Your Drone in India?
Step 1: Open the DIgital Sky Website and click on Get Started.
Step 2: In the new window, you need to enter your name/company name, email address, setup password & click on signup button.
Step 3: You will get a verification Link on your registered email address. Now, you need to click on the link and verify your account.
Step 4: Once the verification is done you will be redirected to profile page where you need to create your profile. There will be 4 type of profile, Pilot Profile, Individual Profile, Operator Profile, Manufacturer Profile.
Note: 1. Pilot Profile requires “Training Certificate”.
2. Manufacturer Profile Requires “Trusted Certification Chain” – Certificate
Step 5: Now you need to enter the details, upload the certificates and click on submit button and wait for approval.
Note: For Individual Profile & Operator Profile clicking on submit button leads to saving your record in the DGCA Database.
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