Friday, August 31, 2018

Within days of drones being legalised, DJI comes knocking on India doors

New Delhi: With drone flying set to be legal in India from December, DJI, the world’s biggest player of easy-to-fly drones and aerial photography system, has shown keen interest in the country. Management of the Shenzhen-based Chinese tech firm will be meeting Director General of civil aviation B S Bhullar next week.

“Adam Welsh, head of public policy (APAC) of DJI, has sought time to meet Bhullar and his team. While what they have in mind will be known after the meeting, a big player like DJI is certain to be looking at a huge market like India with great interest. Now that the rules are in place and will be effective from December, we will see many such players in India. In fact that was one reason why we gave a lead time of about three before the policy became operational to give time for the market to be ready for this change,” said a source.

The aviation ministry had this Monday announced India’s first drone policy that will come into effect from December. Drones have been categorised into five categories, depending on their weight. The smallest is nano category which includes drones weighing up to 250 grams and going up to large than can be as heavy as 150 kg. DJI is present in almost all of these categories.
31/08/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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