In a major fillip to the drone industry, new minister of Civil aviation, Jyotiraditya Scindia presented the Draft Drone Rules 2021 that mark a stark shift from the earlier UAS Rules.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Thursday released the updated Draft Drone Rules 2021 for public consultation. As per the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the draft rules that have been built on a premise of trust, self-certification and non-intrusive monitoring, and will replace the UAS Rules 2021. In addition, the ministry had set a deadline of August 5 for public comments pertaining to the draft rules. The rules include a series of changes.
10 key takeaways:
• Several approvals abolished & processes made easier
• No. of forms reduced from 25 to 5
• Coverage of drones increased from 300 kg to 500 kg
• Fee reduced to nominal levels
• Yellow zone reduced from 45 km to 12 km from the airport perimeter
• No flight permission required upto 400 ft in green zones
• No security clearance required before any registration or licence issuance
• Minimal paperwork for R&D entities
• Easy process for transfer and deregistration of drones
• No pilot licence required for micro drones (for non-commercial use), nano drone & for R&D orgs.
Minister said Drones are bringing the next big tech revolution around the globe with reduced costs, resources and time taken for operations. It is upon us to ride on the new wave and facilitate its uptake, especially among our startups. Way to go !