Wednesday, August 09, 2023

DGCA makes provision for drones in fresh rules for aeronautical telecommunication

Chandigarh: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued fresh specifications and guidelines on radio frequency spectrum utilisation for aeronautical telecommunications by civilian aircraft over Indian airspace.

The new rules, which supersede the rules issued in July 2006, also make provisions for remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), defined as an unmanned aircraft which is piloted from a remote station, remote pilot station (RPS), the component containing equipment used to pilot the RPA, and remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS), the entire paraphernalia including the RPA, RPS, communication links and any other associated component.

The use of RPA or drones of various sizes and capabilities, for various purposes including scientific research, survey and commercial activities, besides defence and security, is gaining ground globally. Technical, legal, administrative and logistical provisions are being evolved for their use.

09/08/2023 Vijay Mohan/Tribune

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