In a series of progressive rules that will significantly change the drone landscape in India, the center on Thursday released new regulations for the use of drones in the country.

The rules are relaxed, and now drone operations do not security clearance before any registration or license issuance. The new rules stipulate that although the license fee for operating drones has been reduced to a nominal level.

UAV corridors will be developed for cargo transportation. It added that it has clearly stated that the coverage of drones under the UAV Regulations in 2021 has increased from 300 kg to 500 kg, including heavy-duty drones and drone taxis.

The rules added that some of the approvals repealed under the new rules include unique authorization numbers, unique prototype identification numbers, certificates of conformity, maintenance certificates, operator licenses, authorizations from research and development organizations, and authorizations for remote pilot instructors.

The maximum fine under the drone rules in 2021 has been reduced to Rs. 100,000. However, this does not apply to penalties for violating other laws.

An interactive airspace map with green, yellow and red areas will be displayed on the digital sky platform. The yellow area has been reduced from 45 kilometers around the airport to 12 kilometers.

No permission is required to operate drones in green areas and in areas 8 to 12 kilometers away from the airport.

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The online registration of all drones should be done through the digital sky platform. It added that a simple procedure for the transfer and deregistration of drones is stipulated.

It provides a simple opportunity for the regularization of the country’s existing drones. The rules stipulate that no pilot license is required to operate nano drones and micro drones for non-commercial use.

Security features, such as “Unauthorized-No Take Off” (NPNT), real-time tracking of beacons, geofencing, etc., will be notified in the future. At least six months of preparation time will be provided for compliance.

All drone training and examinations are conducted by authorized drone schools. It added that the General Administration of Civil Aviation (DGCA) should specify training requirements, supervise drone schools and provide pilot licenses online.

The drone type certification is entrusted to the Quality Council of India and its authorized certification body. There are no requirements for type certificate, unique identification number, prior permission and remote control driving license for R&D units.

However, the import of drones will be supervised by the General Administration of Foreign Trade (DGFT). An Unmanned Aircraft System Promotion Committee will be established to promote a regulatory system that is conducive to business.

In early July of this year, the Ministry of Civil Aviation issued an updated “UAV Regulations 2021” for public comment.