Monday, August 09, 2021

Drones not allowed to fly within 25km of international borders including LOC, LAC: Civil Aviation Ministry

The Union Civil Aviation Ministry confirmed on August 5, 2021 that no Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) shall be allowed to fly within 25 kilometres from India's international border including the Line of Control (LoC), Line of Actual Control (LAC) and Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL).

This was informed by Minister of State for Civil Aviation VK Singh in a reply to a question regarding regulation of drones in the Lok Sabha. He said that Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2021 have been notified on March 12, 2021.

He said that the rules cover the various aspects of the usage of drones namely their ownership, registration, transfer, import and operation of drone traffic management including payment of fees and penalties. 

The Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2021 regulate all civilian drone activities, as per the Civil Aviation Ministry. 

Replying to this query, the Civil Aviation Ministry clarified that the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2021 are application to all Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for civilian purposes including professional videography. 

However, the rules do not cover operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for defence purposes. 

Further, the Ministry said that necessary Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) had been issued on May 10 2019 by the Home Ministry to counter the threat of non-compliant drones in the country.

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