Flying in India


#1

Sure. I’ll begin positing flights soon enough.

As far as the situation goes for now. Legally anybody who’s a Non Indian still can’t fly a drone here. A new set of laws came that finally legalised drones from this December (needless to say quite luckily matches with the time I have returned) but it is quite elaborate and any drone above 300g is required to have a Unique ID that has to printed as a number plate and affixed to the drone and the manufacturers need to comply to a new system called NPNT - No permission no take off. There’s a platform called Digital Sky that links your drone ( if your manufacturer complies to NPNT) along with your registration and before every flight you request for permissions through the app and depending on what zone you are they get immediately granted (green zone), immediately denied (red zones, you need to have written offline permissions from the government for these ones) or go to the ATC for review and are sanctioned or denied dependent on flight plan within 24 hours (yellow zones with aerial activities). Only when your permission is approved does the manufacturers app allow you to take off (after it reads the green ticket from Digital Sky). Night flying is still illegal. While NPNT will make things really well organised and treat UAVs much like an aircraft, it also seems DJI, Parrot or Yuneec haven’t got a clue about the need to update firmware, etc. likewise for this system and only Indian drone manufacturing companies are building drones compliant to this system.

In short at the moment -unless you’re an Indian and have a DJI Spark, Autel Evo or Parrot Anafi, in legal terms you have to stay grounded until NPNT is now put in place by the manufacturers (only nano category crafts escape the need to abide to NPNT) This may change though once the second revision comes from the DGCA here, due sometime next year.


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#2

Wow! All rather complicated!

Won’t be a couple of years before I get to India again … and I’ll get in touch with someone like yourself to check the lie of the land at that time.

Thanks for the info!


#3

Really useful info @Alkahest! Mind if I split part of this topic out to a new topic in the #Travel-advice-for-anyone-taking-their-drone-abroad category?


#4

Haha I know it took me a few.months to get my head around the legislation. It’s an expansive 50 page doc but still it seems a good model because there is a system to record all flight data for the law, even if things go slow I believe they are heading towards a universal system for all UAVs now. Let me know whenever you’d drop by in this country!


#5

Hey thanks! why not. I’m sure the thread now makes more sense over there!


#6

Oh well, on another note I have indeed left the country now but do actively keep track of the forums here. It’s always great information flow!


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#7

Where in the world have you moved to?


#8

I was in Manc for my MA in Documentary, had my grad a week ago and now I’m starting to work - end result: I am back in Mumbai, and quite happy to say, thanks to its weight my Anafi cleared the customs too here. I’ve also got my first licence permitting me to fly here upto 15m from take off position, working on the second one that allrows upto 60m!


#9

Well - you may not live in UK any more - but I look forward to you posting some pics/vids from Mumbai/India. :+1:

Such a fantastic country, and people, I so want to visit again … with my MP, next time!
What are the rules about taking a drone into, and flying in, India?

Last time I was there was for some paragliding (Nilgiri Hills) … so perhaps I should take my paraglider again, with the MP buried deep inside if there are any problems. LOL.