Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Civil Aviation Ministry opens another window for enlisting drones

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has resumed enlisting civil drones after briefly conducting the exercise in mid-January this year, according to an order dated June 8. The initiative ?— akin to a ‘drone census’ ?— is an attempt to identify civil drones and operators in India. The Ministry, in January, had said that drone owners had a “one time opportunity” to enlist their drones and obtain a Drone Acknowledgement Number (DAN) for each one of them, however, it is now offering another opportunity due to “public request”.

Government sources told MediaNama that around 20,000 drones were enlisted in January. It is worth noting that having a DAN alone is not enough to fly drones in India, as they still require permission from aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), or from other law enforcement agencies. We’ve reached out to the Ministry for more details.
All types of drones including models, prototypes, toys, RC aircraft, autonomous, and remotely piloted aircraft systems, will have to obtain a DAN, the Ministry said. The entire process of registration will take place through the online portal, Digital Sky. After submitting the necessary information, owners will be given an Ownership Acknowledgement Number (OAN), using which they can apply for a Drone Acknowledgement Number for the drones they posses. A separate DAN will be issued for each drone whereas the same OAN can be used for each drone owner, including individuals and organisations.
To enlist their drones, owners will have to submit a scanned copy of their passport or Aadhaar card, along with three “high-quality pictures” of their drones from the front-view, top-view, and a close-up view of the manufacturer’s serial number. Each picture should have a physical measuring-scale placed adjacent to the drone in order to provide a reasonable approximation of its dimensions.
10/06/20 Soumyarendra Barik/Medianama

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