The DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) announced that from December 1st, 2018, flying drones will be legal in India. After several years, the civilian drone market is finally in motion but along with the legalization come hefty restrictions and regulations for drone pilots to which they are supposed to adhere to at all times.
The DGCA has divided drones into three categories:
- Nano Drones – weighing less than 250 g
- Micro-Drones – weighing between 250 g and 2 kg
- Larger drones- weighing above 2 kg
The approval process is built upon the Digital Sky Platform and this platform will be the link to official communication between the pilots and the DGCA. Filing of reports and logs, requesting permission or registration will all be done through this platform.