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New Rules, New Future of India’s Drone Industry

Draft Drone Rules 2021 will govern a better future of India’s drone industry.

India has proposed new rules to control India’s drone industry to ease methods and decrease organizations’ compliance burden. The Union civil aviation ministry published the draft of the national drone policy, making it essentially simpler for individuals and organizations to possess and operate drones, while additionally streamlining a tangled certification process for manufacturers, importers and users, in a move that plans to support future tech.

Draft Drone Rules 2021 marks an incredible shift from the prior UAS Rules. Some important takeaways

  • Several approvals were annulled and processes were made simpler
  • The number of forms decreased from 25 to 5
  • Coverage of drones expanded from 300 kg to 500 kg
  • Fees diminished to nominal levels
  • Yellow zone decreased from 45 km to 12 km from the air terminal perimeter
  • No flight consent is needed up to 400 ft in green zones, etc.

The government may advance the adoption and utilization of drones through the making of a trade body called the Drone Promotion Council. This entity will assist with fostering a business-accommodating regulatory regime with automated permissions, set up incubator centers, put together drone technology events and contests, and cultivate the inclusion of industry experts and academia in policy-making.

The draft tries to annul the unique authorisation number, unique prototype identification number, and certificate of conformance that were recently needed for endorsement of drone flights.

The ministry of civil aviation’s decision to change the drone strategy even after the recent drone occurrences in Jammu grants the government’s striking way to deal with advance the utilization of the drone and focus on the improvement of counter-drone innovation to address the threat presented by maverick robots. This ease in compliance and a regulatory body to regulate the drone industry in India will accelerate the adoption and use of drones in India.

Just like other technologies such as artificial intelligence, regulations are necessary to ensure ethical practices are set in place. Similarly, with the simplification of certain rules and compliance, we can expect more deployment of drones across different industries and ensure efficiency.