Commercial flights? The world of drones and the rapidly accepting Indian Market.
This article talks about commercial drone flights in India
After the Green Flag by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the drone industry is set to boom 2019 onwards seeing an upward growth for the next 5 years.
This market is estimated at more than $800 million and with the Civil Aviation laws regulating drones in a commercial friendly manner, this number projects a rise in the future.
The ban set in 2014 has been lifted keeping in mind the growth of this technology that brings in development and investment.
This industry is at the brink of a major flip that will disrupt the technology space and even change the way certain things have been done for a long period of time.
Zomato, the food delivery giant operating pan-India plans to use drones for delivery- effectively saving time, distances, and resources. Companies like Tata that are into mining, heavy metals, and petroleum are also keen to use this technology to understand and monitor their work and resources.
The drones have been divided into categories depending on their weight and each category witnesses its set of rules and regulations.
With this legalisation of drone flying come a handful of instructions and restrictions that have been regulated by the DGCA and have to be adhered to. A license and permit are required to fly a drone. With an exception for nano drones, all other drone categories require a permit and training for the pilots from approved training organisations.
The pilot training is only for people 18+ years of age and who have studied English up to Grade 10.
Foreign firms and individuals are not permitted to fly out commercial drones in the Indian subcontinent. The foreign-owned drones need to be leased out to Indian organisations which in turn have to apply for licences and permits with the Government.
Other restrictions involve informing the local police 24 hours prior to flying drones and not flying drones within 25 km radius of the country’s border. It also restricts drones from flying around 500 metres of the airports, and they are also banned from within 5 km radius of Vijay Chowk, which is home to the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Drones are an excellent technology to monitor and assess remote areas, get the most time value of money by reducing time costs, help use resources efficiently by helping monitor usage in areas it is physically not possible to go to, and many others.
This step of legalisation of drones up to 400 feet in the line of sight has been a landmark move in the improvement of technology and overall growth in the country.
With rogue drones that are unidentified and unregistered, the government is working heavily to build technology that curbs illegal activity and ensures a safe technological environment for all.
Regulations currently impact this field the most, with changes coming- it looks like we shall see a bright future for drones in the country.
In a world where time is money, drones are here to save us billions.