Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Soon, a drone that follows all of DGCA’s directives

The Indian skies which are currently dominated by China-manufactured Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or drones that are non-compliant with civil aviation regulatory rules could be a thing of the past with the advent of Make-in-India drones.
 Leading the way are a few Bengaluru-based startups who have taken the lead in designing and developing civilian drones that are compliant with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA) rules. One such startup is Rospace Aerotech Private Limited which was founded recently by a twenty-something drone operator.
The first product to come out from this startup is R0400, a drone designed for aerial photography. Weighing about 1.5 kg, the UAV has a fly up to 400 metres with an endurance of 45 minutes. Rohit Dey who founded the startup says that the R0400 is fully compliant with the DGCA norms adhering to the No-Permission No-Takeoff (NPNT) and other compliances that have been laid down in the Ministry of Civil Aviation Drone Regulations 1.0.
 “The Chinese drones that are exported to India are not compliant with the DGCA norms. They are manufactured to meet the global market norms. The rules laid down by regulators like the NPNT might not be applicable in other countries hence they do not follow any specific norms, whereas we have developed the UAV keeping in mind our regulations,” Dey told Bangalore Mirror. Dey said that users of the R0400 cannot violate the norms and in case a user does misuse it, the drone will stop operating.
 23/10/19 Hemanth CS/Bangalore Mirror
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