India’s Drones registration policy 1.0 launched on Saturday, Check how to register: India’s new guidelines for remotely piloted aircraft or drones which were announced in August this year came into action on 1st December 2018. The guidelines are targeted or directed to help substitute technology and innovation in the development of drones-devices that have a wide range of uses ranging from disaster relief to agriculture.
India’s Drones registration policy 1.0
On 1st December 2018, the Government of Civil Aviation has opened the registration process for the users who want to operate drones aviation. One-time registration of the drones, pilots and owners will be required. It will permit for the online filing of a drone’s specific flight route and use.
Drones to be registered
As per the new Drone Policy, Nano drones that weigh less than 250 g are need not to be registered. So if you have a minute or mini-drone then you can safely start flying it. However, micro drones, which weigh more than 250 g up to 2 kg, small drones, which weigh within 2 and 25 kg, and the medium drones, which weigh up to 150 kg, and the large drones, which are over 150 kg, all need to be registered before flying.
Just like a driver’s license, all operators flying larger than Micro drones, which fly over 200 feet, will also have to get a permit to fly their drones.
Steps for registration
- Register on www.dgca.nic.in and acquire a unique identification number (UIN).
(Note: For a UIN, you need to have an address proof, a permit from the police and the department of telecom.)
- After submitting the documents, you will get a UIN.
- The UIN needs to be marked on a fire-proof plate.
- Install the plate on your device, before flying the drone in the air.
Fees for registration
For getting your UIN, you need to a pay a fee of Rs 1000. For getting a fresh Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit (UAOP), you need to a pay a fee Rs 25,000, and for renewal of UAOP, you need to a pay a fee Rs 10,000.
Where to pay fees for UIN and UAOP for drone?
If you are using the Digital Sky Platform, then you can do the payment using a digital gateway.
Safe airspace to fly a drone
The new regulations have allocated the airspace in three different zones:
Red Zone: Flying not permitted
Yellow Zone: Controlled airspace — permission required before flying
Green Zone: Uncontrolled airspace — automatic permission
No Drone Zones: Areas around airports, areas near the international borders, State Secretariat Complex in state capitals, strategic locations/vital and military installations
Drones are allowed to operate up to a maximum altitude of 400 feet within visual line of sight and that even during daytime only.
Classification of Drones (by weight)
- Nano drones (less than 250 gms)
- Micro drones (250 gm – 2 kg)
- Small drones (2kg – 25kg)
- Medium drones (25kg – 150kg)
- Large drones (over 150 kgs)