New Rules Passed By The Civil Aviation Ministry To Make Drone Use easy

To make drone use easy, the Civil Aviation ministry has passed the new Drone Rules, 2021. This was informed by the government via a Gazette notification on Thursday (August 26, 2021). These new rules will replace the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Rules 2021 which came into force in March this year.

Now, drones would require identification numbers, unless exempted. A unique identification number of the drone will have to be generated by providing required details on the digital sky platform.

The rules have abolished the requirement of various approvals. These approvals include certificate of conformance, certificate of maintenance, import clearance, acceptance of existing drones, operator permits, authorisation of R&D organisation and student remote pilot licence, the government said.

Under the Drone Rules 2021, the government has reduced the fee to operate a drone to nominal levels and de-linked from the size of the drone.

On July 15, Centre made an announcement that it will come up with new drone rules and had invited comments from stakeholders and the industry till August 5. The new rules are simpler. They reduce the compliance burden to operate a drone in India.