Sunday, February 04, 2018

India Drone Regs Will Help Market

Even as India's growing civil drone industry is forecast to grow at 18 percent until 2021, stakeholders have been invited to submit their comments on draft guidelines prepared by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. A final Civil Aviation Regulation (CAR) on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) will be released by the end of February.

At this time, the rules on UAS are sketchy, and drone flying, including sports models, is not encouraged, as there is no tracking system and more than one third of the country's airspace is controlled by the military.

“Drones have generated a lot of interest, [but] not having any regulations amounted to a complete ban,” civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju told AIN. “So, we decided to go ahead and develop a regulatory framework.”

“Security restrictions have already been worked out, and we are adopting global best practices,” said state minister for civil aviation Jayant Sinha while announcing the draft last November. Civil aviation secretary RN Choubey acknowledged that “drones are a difficult topic to regulate.” He said India prepared the draft regulations after studying the rules from various other countries. “We want larger public consultations, after which we will put out final regulatory framework for drones that will include the ease of operation, and ensuring there are no security breaches, on which we are working separately.
04/02/18 Neelam Mathews/AINonline