The central government has notified new drone rules 2021. Under the new rules, a draft of which was released in July, several requirements and approvals have been abolished and these new drone rules are expected to make the drone operations simpler and much easier.
Now, with the newly notified drone rules, there is no requirement of possessing a certificate of airworthiness, unique identification number, prior permission and remote pilot licence for entities engaged in research and development (R&D) on drones.
This was notified right after the ministry of civil aviation (MoCA) and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) permitted 10 organizations, including state governments such as Karnataka and private companies like Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd, Bayer Crop Science, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune and National Health Mission (Mumbai), to use drones for a year.
No pilot license is required for operating micro drones used for non-commercial purposes, nano drones and for R&D organizations using such drones “The new Drone Rules usher in a landmark moment for this sector in India. The rules are based on the premise of trust and self-certification. Approvals, compliance requirements and entry barriers have been significantly reduced,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet.