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Indian government amends Drone Rules, does away with ‘Remote Pilot Licenses’

The deadline for registering drones has also been deferred as the government looks to prop up the domestic industry.

A few days after the Indian government prohibited the import of drones into the country, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has now made it easier for people to legally fly small drones for non-commercial purposes, by proposing an amendment to the Drone Rules, 2021 on February 11. Under the new amendments, those who are flying drones that weigh beyond 2kg for commercial purposes will no longer need a remote pilot license to fly. In place of a license, drone users will now require a remote pilot certificate which can be obtained from one of the 12 DGCA-recognised drone schools using the Digital Sky platform. In the earlier version of the rules, the license could only be issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). Additionally, a remote pilot certificate will no longer be required for flying small to medium size…

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