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by System Administrator - Wednesday, 2 June 2021, 10:03 PM

By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: In order to successfully and legally pursue a career as drone pilot you must be well versed with the regulatory policy surrounding piloting commercial drones in India . The list of training organization is listed on DGCA Website at While DGCA merely expect a drone operator to have 10th standard passed and above 18 year and have taken a DGCA approved drone piloting course to make drone piloting a full time carrer,you will have to be equipped with ample expertise in some other areas as well. There are plenty of niche job verticals for drone pilots.and each one requires specific kind of expertise .Drone pilots are in demand in sectors such as film making construction mining agriculture transportation energy and telecommunication and indepth knowledge of these fields is must .Say you want to get into the film making sector as drone pilot you will have to posses the knowledge about different types of shots ,montages,angles lightings and the works .Also drone pilots need to understand the basics of flying .They must be able to asses weather wind speed and other mechanics .There is no dearth of drone pilot training schools in India . The most prominent one is Indian institute of drone which offers four courses of one three five and seven days in six cities across India and Govt. Flying Training School Jakkur Bengaluru. The course curriculum include theory subjects like Basic radio telephony and flight planning and ATC Procedure and regulations specific to area operations and flight and aerodynamics knowledge and air space structure and air space restrictions and basic aviation meteorology total six subjects. In addition drone pilots need to possess strong communication skills and information to act and respond UAV during its flight. The domain knowledge of Electronics and mechanical engineering is added advantage.The drones are classified according to their weights. The categoriesinclude Nano Drones upto 250 grams ,Micro drones 250 to 2 kg , Medium drowns 25 kg to 150 kg , and lastly Large drowns anything above 150 kg.Under DGCA policy all drone sizes apart from nano drones are required to be registered by the pilot /operator on digital sky platform.Details on registration fees can be obtained from DGCA website .

DGCA policy and Regulations came be effective from 1stDecember, 2018 Operations of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) to be enabled through Digital Sky Platform .For any updates please visit The Unmanned Aircraft System ("UAS") market in India is projected to touch US$ 886 million by 2021, while the global market is likely touch US$ 21.47 billion.1 In order to tap into the opportunities in this space, India must regularly guide technology standards and upgrade its policy framework accordingly. The regime of No Permission, No Take-off ("NPNT") will continue in this CAR 2.0, to provide security from unauthorized flights. For privacy, we require manufacturers to adhere to a privacy by design standard, eliminating risks of future privacy harms by operators. Overall, the CAR 2.0 enables innovation without significantly compromising safety, security or privacy. Drones are a technology platform which has wide-ranging applications from photography to agriculture, from infrastructure asset maintenance to insurance. Drones range in size from very small and those that can carry multiple kilograms of payload.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has been working for several years to establish a world leading drone ecosystem in India.  To that end, it was necessary to develop global standard drone regulations that would permit, will appropriate safeguards, the commercial application of various drone technologies. The preparation of these drone regulations through a Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) has taken multiple years because: (1) drone technologies have been evolving very rapidly; (2) many countries are still experimenting with their drone regulations and no ICAO stands have been developed; and (3) India's security environment necessitates extra precautions. Instead of simply digitizing a paper-based process for registering and operating drones, India has formulated an all-digital process. The Digital Sky Platform is the first-of-its-kind national unmanned traffic management (UTM) platform that implements "no permission, no takeoff” (NPNT). Users will be required to do a one-time registration of their drones, pilots and owners. For every flight (exempted for the nano category), users will be required to ask for permission to fly on a mobile app and an automated process permits or denies the request instantly. To prevent unauthorized flights and to ensure public safety, any drone without a digital permit to fly will simply not be able to takeoff. The UTM operates as a traffic regulator in the drone airspace and coordinates closely with the defense and civilian air traffic controllers (ATCs) to ensure that drones remain on the approved flight paths.