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DGCA sets new deadline for full rollout of drone platform

The portal is to make sure only regulation-compliant drones dot India’s skylines.

DigiSky will be “fully functional” by October this year, DGCA Drone Directorate’s Assistant Director Manish Gupta revealed while addressing the ‘National Conference on Promotion of Kisan Drones’ on May 2. The platform floated by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is under Phase 2 development which will be rolled out in three sets, he added. “There are no certified drones available in India. A lot of applications are under progress. We are hopeful that many reliable drones will be available for agriculture in the coming days,” Gupta said. Gupta explained that DigiSky will have features like remote pilot certification, RPTO (Remote Pilot Training Organisation) Authorisation Certificate, Type and Pilot Certificate Generation, OCVATEs onboarding for Type Certificate Workflow, Flight Plan submission, and AMSS integration & Visualisation. Since these features are a part of the second set of planned developments, they will be operational by July. [caption id="attachment_160971" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Source: DGCA[/caption] He also touched upon the following features that will be included under the third set, to be operational by October: AMSS integration enhancements Situational awareness enhancements BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) operations Suspension, cancellation, revocation of permission Timers for SLA Two-way communication Reports Compliance to Drone Rules 2021 A functional platform could promote the development of drones in India and usher in a sound regulatory regime. It could also make it easier for various private players and government agencies to obtain proper clearances from the Civil Aviation Ministry in order to fly drones. What is DigiSky? DigiSky was supposed…

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