Sunday, October 04, 2015

Regulatory safety net being set up to check drones

India is putting a new prior-approval mechanism in place to check unregulated flying of unmanned aerial aircraft, because of their potential to be misused by terrorists.

“It is a cause for worry for every nation, including India, as they can penetrate our air defence. We need to have regulations for which we are working with the ministries of defence, home and civil aviation,” Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said here.

A regulatory safety net is being set up by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in consultation with the Defence and Home ministries under which anybody undertaking those activities would have to inform the district administration and the IAF, which guards the country’s air defence.

“Unregulated flying of drones is a security threat. The new mechanism to check these activities will be operational in a year’s time,” Raha said.

Once the new system is in place, anybody planning to fly a drone have to first inform the district administration, which, in turn, would communicate to the IAF and local police informing them about the flying schedule and purpose.
04/10/15 Deccan herald
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