Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Use of drones without DGCA permit could spell trouble

Planning to use a drone for personal occasions such as marriage photography?
Think again. You will stand on the wrong side of the law in doing so. Intelligence apparatus in the country is extremely sensitive to the issue and has sent out warnings to police across India to keep a strict vigil on use of drones for civilian purposes including the one mentioned above. The intelligence input has reiterated a circular from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) dated October 7, 2014, to press home this point.

The DGCA, in April 2016 in its proposed guidelines for unmanned flying devices, stated that drone users need to secure permit and a unique identification number for their operations. This has been done as part of efforts to regulate operations of unmanned flying devices like drones, which are increasingly posing challenge to regulators and personnel manning airspace, warranting guidelines for civil use of such machines.

Superintendent of police Bhushan Gulabrao Borase, who reposted the DGCA circular in the local media and police WhatsApp group, told TOI that the intelligence machinery too is concerned about the use of drones for civilian purposes. "While the DGCA circular focusses on negating civilian use of drone, one cannot discount the security threat that drones pose to individuals and vital installations dotting the country," he said, reasserting adherence to these guidelines.
09/05/17 The Times Of India