India’s Director General of Civil Aviation released an updated policy for flying drones within the country last year. (Source: http://www.dgca.nic.in/cars/D3X-X1.pdf) The new policy defines and classifies drones, puts in place a permitting process for operators, and outlines flight restrictions.
Under the new regulation, people can now fly small drones that weight less than 2 kg without a Unique Identification Number (UIN), without the hassle of obtaining permits.
- Nano : Less than or equal to 250 grams.
- Micro : From 250 grams to 2kg.
- Small : From 2kg to 25kg.
- Medium : From 25kg to 150kg.
- Large : Greater than 150kg.
Important points to note:
- Nano drones are exempt from import clearance and other requirements.
- Nano category and some Micro drones do not require remote ID and tracking.
- Drones must not be flown more than 400 feet vertically.
- Drones can be flown only in daylight
- Flights must be within visual line of sight (VLOS).
- Drone swarms are forbidden: an operator may only operate one RPA at a time.
- Drones must stay away from airports, borders, coasts and military installations. They must avoid sensitive government locations and parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
- Drones cannot be operated from a moving vehicle, ship or aircraft.
Carrying a drone on a domestic flight
You can travel with drones in flight if you are traveling within India. While carrying drones in flight you should keep the following points in mind.
- The airport authorities won’t allow you to carry it as cabin luggage , you have to put it in check-in luggage. So, make sure that you have packed it nicely with proper cushioning and if possible put a fragile sticker on it.
- You have to put the lipo batteries in your cabin luggage as lipo batteries and power banks are not allowed in check-in luggage.
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