Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Green zones get green light for drone operations

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has granted permits to No-Permission-No-Takeoff (NPNT)-compliant drone operations at 66 green zones across the country including one in Tumakuru for operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) or drones.

“Around 66 areas have been identified as temporary Green Zones for operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) upto a maximum altitude of 400 ft AGL in conformance with the provisions contained in UAS Rules 2021, DGCA Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR),” stated an aeronautical information publication supplement (AIP).

It added that the green zones should be used only by RPAs that are NPNT-certified and possess Unique Identification Number (UIN)/UAS Operator Permit UIN/UAOP (as applicable) issued by DGCA. The flight approvals should be obtained through DigitalSky platform. The RPAs can be operated in the Green Zones between April 1 and June 30. According to India’s drone regulations, the air space has been partitioned into Red Zone (flying not permitted), Yellow Zone (controlled airspace) and Green Zone (automatic permission).

In order words, flying in the Green Zones will require only intimation of the time and location of the flights via the Digital Sky portal or the app. The RPAs operating in the Green Zones also have to be compliant with the applicable conditions of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Rules, 2021. The recently released Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2021, has laid out norms for operating UAS or drones in the country and more importantly, on the quantum of punishment for unauthorised flying and manufacturing drones which range from Rs 25,000 to Rs 5 lakh.

The Ministry has also asked concerned State Governments and local administrations to facilitate operations of NPNT-compliant drones in these sites.

07/04/21 Bangalore Mirror

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