Saturday, September 05, 2020

India should adopt globally accepted drone standards: Industry survey

Mumbai: To boost innovation, India should adopt globally accepted drone technologies and standards, said majority of respondents- over seventy per cent, that is- of a survey carried out recently by an aviation technology forum. The survey was carried out to understand the stakeholders' view on the recently notified Draft Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules 2020 and find out about the potential impact these norms would have.

The current complex policy environment and difficult flight approval procedures are the main hurdles for commercial drone operators as well as emergency service agencies, said the survey findings. The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) should consider introducing Remote ID (RID) system for identification and tracking of drones as an alternative to No Permission-No Take-Off (NPNT), according to 64% respondents of the survey carried out by Aviation Technology Forum of India (ATFI), an industry forum representing both industry and non-industry players operating in the aviation sector.

"68% of the respondents are in favor of permanent exemption of government agencies providing critical emergency services such as disaster relief, emergency response and aerial security services from NPNT and Digital Sky Restrictions," said the survey, which according to the ATFI press release had a sample size of 100 entities. The survey was conducted across relevant stakeholders in the ecosystem comprising of drone OEM’s, drone users, operators, drone service providers, academia, and research institutions, said the ATFI release .

Titled ‘Evaluating Users’ Perspective on Drone Policy Ecosystem’, the survey uncovered certain operational challenges that has plagued the industry, stemming from existing lag between regulations and implementation process, ATFI said.
05/09/20 Manju V/Times of India

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