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  • Dhruv Aulakh

Understanding the regulations for drone operations in the aviation industry.

The use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), in the Indian aviation industry has been on the rise in recent years. With the potential to revolutionize the way we conduct business and complete tasks, it is no surprise that companies and individuals alike are eager to incorporate drone technology into their operations. However, with the increasing popularity of drones comes the need for clear regulations to ensure the safety and security of all those involved.

In India, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is responsible for issuing guidelines and regulations for drone operations. In 2018, the DGCA released the "Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) for Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS)" which outlines the rules and guidelines for drone operations in India. These regulations include requirements for registration and licensing, as well as guidelines for safe flying practices.

According to the CAR, all drones must be registered with the DGCA and must have a unique identification number. Additionally, operators must obtain a unique identification number and a flying permit before operating a drone. The CAR also specifies that drones must be flown within visual line of sight (VLOS) and not fly higher than 400 feet above ground level (AGL).

The CAR also includes specific guidelines for flying drones in restricted areas, such as those near airports or military bases. In these areas, special permissions and clearance must be obtained before flying a drone.

In addition to the regulations set by the DGCA, the Indian government has also established a "Digital Sky" platform, which serves as a one-stop-shop for drone registration and flight clearance. This platform allows for easy navigation of the regulations and simplifies the process for obtaining the necessary permissions for drone operations.

It is important to note that these regulations are subject to change as technology and the use of drones evolve. It is important for companies and individuals looking to incorporate drone technology into their operations to stay informed about the latest regulations and guidelines issued by the DGCA.

In conclusion, the Indian aviation industry is embracing drone technology, but with that comes the need for clear regulations to ensure the safety and security of all those involved. The DGCA has issued guidelines and regulations for drone operations in the form of CAR and Digital Sky platform, which outlines the rules and guidelines for drone operations in India. It is important for companies and individuals to stay informed about the latest regulations and guidelines issued by the DGCA to ensure compliance and safety.

If you have any questions or concerns about incorporating drone technology into your operations, or if you need assistance navigating the regulations and guidelines set by the DGCA, please don't hesitate to contact us. Our team of aviation experts has the knowledge and experience to help your company stay compliant and take advantage of the benefits of drone technology. Contact us today to learn more!

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