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Drones Flying Legal In India from 1st December 2018



Drones Flying Legal In India from 1st December 2018: Rules, Helpline Number, Registration Website, Details

According to India’s national aviation authority, the Ministry of Civil Aviation, drone flying in India is now legal from 1st December 2018.

Although, while flying drones certain rules and regulations are need to be followed for which National Drone Policy is being formed. It includes:

1. All drones except those in the Nano category (equal or less than 250 gm) must be registered and issued a Unique Identification Number (UIN).

2. A permit is required for commercial drone operations (except for those in the Nano category flown below 50 feet and those in the Micro category (from 250gm to 2kg) flown below 200 feet.

3. All drone pilots must maintain a direct visual line of sight at all times while flying.

4. Any drones cannot be flown more than 400 feet vertically.

5. Drones cannot be flown in areas specified as “No Fly Zones”, which include areas near airports, international borders, Vijay Chowk in Delhi, State Secretariat Complex in State Capitals, strategic locations, and military installations.

6.. Permission to fly in controlled airspace can be obtained by filing a flight plan and obtaining a unique Air Defense Clearance (ADC)/Flight Information Center (FIC) number.

7. As per India’s No Permission, No Takeoff Policy (NPNT) before every single flight, drone pilots are required to request permission to fly via a mobile app, which will automatically process the request and grant or reject it. If a drone pilot tries to fly without receiving permission from the Digital Sky Platform, they will simply not be able to fly off.

All drone operators can register their drone and request permission to fly for each flight through India’s Digital Sky Platform on the DGCA website ( from 1st December 2018.

Helpline & Contact info: Shri T.N. Dwivedi, Deputy Secretary, and  011 2463 2950.



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