Using flying drones will soon be legalized for common people in India as the Ministry of Civil Aviation has decided to lift the ban and allow usage of the flying gadget from December this year.

Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu recently announced that the government has decided to legalize the Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS), fondly known as “flying drones” in India from this December. So far, flying drones were banned in India as they tend to jeopardize privacy and could be used for illegal surveillance of restricted regions and private properties. However, to regulate the use of flying drones and avoid misuse, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has fabricated special law called the national drone policy, and has fixed all related parameters.

So before you start using flying drones as a hobby, for fun or to capture aerial photographs and videos, you need to look into the 37-paged drone policy that has been finalised by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). There are “No Drone Zones” like the international border, airports, military areas, government properties and a huge number of critical areas; also only Indian citizens will be allowed to pilot the drones and foreigners are barred from the permission to do so. Also, the drones can be flown only during day time and up to the maximum height of 400 feet.

Perhaps, being an Indian citizen will not be enough to be able to fly the drones as the entities willing to use flying drones are required to obtain the Unique Identification Number (UIN) from aviation regulator DGCA for personal use. And for commercial usage, one must obtain the Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit (UAOP) for each flight and drone movement across India will be monitored by the Indian Air Force in coordination with Airports Authority of India. The DGCA holds the authority to  suspend any permit given to you to fly drones in case of violation of regulations – flying drones doesn’t come easy.

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