NEW DELHI: The New Drone Rules 2021 has been passed on the 26th of August which will replace the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Rules 2021. The Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has informed about it through a Gazette notification.
The unmanned Aircraft Rules 2021 has been replaced which came in force on March 12 2021. These Rules will make the operation of drones easy in India. When the government has given conditional permission for 10 organisations for operation of drones for various purposes for one year. After that, the new rules have been passed passes by the government.
PM also tweeted about it, “The new Drone Rules usher in a landmark moment for this sector in India. The rules are based on the premise of trust and self-certification. Approvals, compliance requirements and entry barriers have been significantly reduced.”
He added, “The new Drone Rules will tremendously help start-ups and our youth working in this sector. It will open up new possibilities for innovation & business. It will help leverage India’s strengths in innovation, technology & engineering to make India a drone hub.”
Under the New Drone Rule 2012: The number of forms has been decreased to 5. The weight has been increased from 300 kg to 500 kg. Operations of drones without unique identification numbers have been not allowed.
The unique identification number of drones will be generated by providing essential details on the digital sky platform. No pilot licence will be required for micro drones, nano drones and research and organization. No restriction for a foreign-owned company registered in India for operating drones.
The need for various approvals such as certificate of conformance, certificate maintenance, import clearance, acceptance of existing drones, operator permits, authorisation of research and development organisation and student remote pilot license has been removed.
The Fee for the operation of drones has been decreased to a nominal level. A digital sky platform will be developed.