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India’s draft drone policy: registration, operator license, flying conditions & more

We missed this earlier: The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has released a draft paper (pdf) with guidelines for obtaining a Unique Identification Number (UIN) and permission to fly a civil unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Hat tip: Amlan Mohanty Comments needed to have been sent by the 21st of May 2016 to Lalit Gupta, Joint Director General, Office of the Director General of Civil Aviation,at lalit.dgca@nic.in. Our apologies to our readers for missing this deadline. We'll update when a final policy is released, but here's what the draft policy has: The DGCA cites the increasing civil use of UAS for damage assessment of property and life in areas with natural calamities, for surveys, infrastructure monitoring, commercial photography, aerial mapping etc., as reasons for the requirement of guidelines. In April 2015, we’d reported that the DGCA was framing guidelines for…

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