Ministry Scraps the Requirement of Drone Pilot License to Operate Drones
Individuals with a Remote Pilot Certificate (RPC) issued by a DGCA-approved drone school through the single window DigitalSky platform can use drones in India.
- The RPC is exempted for individuals who wish to operate drones below 2kg for non-commercial purposes.
- India also banned the import of drones to encourage local production.
- Some drone parts and components can be imported.
As a move to increase drone usage across industries, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has scrapped the country’s requirement for a drone pilot license. It means that anybody with a Remote Pilot Certificate (RPC) issued by a DGCA-approved drone school through the single window DigitalSky platform can operate drones in India. The Remote Pilot Certificate is exempted for individuals who wish to operate drones below 2kg for non-commercial purposes. The rule came into effect on February 11. On Thursday, India announced its decision to ban the import of drones, giving the opportunity to local manufacturers to make drone devices in the country. The ban does not apply to importing drones for purposes like research and development, security or defence. The government will also permit importing drone components without approvals.
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