Liberalisation of Drones Rules

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28 August 2021 Current Affairs:The central authorities have notified the Drone Rules 2021, a much more liberalised regime for unmanned plane systems than what existed previously.

♦ Digital sky platform – Developed as a business-friendly single-window on-line system.
♦ No flight permission required upto four hundred toes in inexperienced zones and upto 200 toes in the place between 8 and 12 km from the airport perimeter.
♦ No pilot licence required for micro drones (for non-commercial use), nano drones and for R&D organisations.
♦ No limit on drone operations by using foreign-owned agencies registered in India.
♦ Import of drones and drone factors to be regulated by way of DGFT.
♦ No protection clearance required before any registration or licence issuance.
♦ No requirement of certificates of airworthiness, special identification number, prior permission and remote pilot licence for R&D entities.
♦ Coverage of drones underneath Drone Rules, 2021 multiplied from 300 kg to five hundred kg. This will cowl drone taxis also.
♦ Issuance of Certificate of Airworthiness delegated to Quality Council of India and certification entities accepted with the aid of it.
♦ Manufacturers may generate their drone’s unique identification range on the digital sky platform through the self-certification route.
♦ Maximum penalty beneath Drone Rules, 2021 reduced to INR 1 lakh. This shall, however, not practice penalties in recognition of violation of different laws.
♦ Drone corridors shall be developed for cargo deliveries.
♦ Drone merchandising council to be set up to facilitate a business-friendly regulatory regime. 

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