• Aug 30, 2018
Here is everything you need to know about India’s new drone policy- I

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. While they originated mostly in military applications, their use is rapidly expanding to commercial, scientific, recreational, agricultural, and other applications, such as policing, peacekeeping, and surveillance, product deliveries, aerial photography, agriculture, smuggling, and drone racing. -- Wikipedia.

I hope you all are aware of the recent incident that happened in Venezuela where a drone was used for none of the above-mentioned uses for which a drone should be used for. Two drones packed with explosives flew toward Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday, 4th August which the government has described as a failed assassination attempt.

The attack occurred while Maduro was making a speech at a huge outdoor event in Caracas to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the country's national guard. One of the drones was set to explode above the president while the second was set to detonate in front of him, according to Interior Minister Nestor Reverol.

Such incidents encourage other technologically savvy groups and disgruntled individuals to use drones to commit political violence. Drones represent a fresh threat to the traveling public. A concerted effort must be made to confront this threat before lives are lost.

This Monday, on 27th August, the Ministry of Civil Aviation announced regulations for drones which will be effective from 1st December 2018. The regulations are intended to enable visual line-of-sight daytime-only and a maximum of 400 feet altitude operations.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has been working for several years to establish a world-leading drone ecosystem in India. It was necessary to develop a standard drone regulation that permits the commercial application of various drone technologies while keeping all the appropriate safeguards. The policy reveals the dos and don’ts for drones, and leaves applications and navigating the permissions to companies.

To know more about the policy, read here.