Before you start…
- All owners of drones in India are required to enlist their drones before 5 PM on Friday 31 Jan 2020
- The public notice No. AV-22011/4/2015-DG dated 13 January 2020, issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India is available here.
- Kindly note that ALL unmanned aircraft need to be enlisted. For ample clarity, these include models, prototypes, toys, RC aircraft, autonomous and remotely piloted aircraft systems etc.
- The drone enlistment form has two parts. After uploading the drone owner’s information, the owner will receive an Ownership Acknowledgement Number (OAN). Using the OAN, the owner will upload the drone-related information and will receive a Drone Acknowledgement Number (DAN).
- Each drone will require a fresh enlistment. Since a drone owner may have multiple drones, the owner shall use same OAN to enlist all drones owned by him. A separate DAN will be issued for each drone.
- Ownership of a drone in India without a valid OAN and DAN shall invite penal action as per applicable laws.
- Possession of an OAN or DAN does NOT confer the right to operate the drone in India. Kindly refer to Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR), Section 3 – Air Transport Series X, Part I, Issue I, dated 27 August, 2018 and other notifications issued by DGCA from time to time for information regarding ownership and operation of drones.
- Kindly keep the following items handy before filling the enlistment form:
- Scanned copy of Passport’s first and last page (in one sheet) OR Aadhaar card’s front and back view (in one sheet).
- Three high quality pictures of your drone: front-view, top-view; and a close-up view of the manufacturer’s serial number. Each picture should have a physical measuring-scale placed adjacent to the drone in order to provide a reasonable approximation of its dimensions.
- Copy of any utility bill (Electricity, water, gas, fixed line telephone or mobile phone) or a bank statement not older than 3 months. In case you use the bank statement, you may black out the financial details on the bank statement.
- Copy of the highest educational qualification (required ONLY for individual owners).
- PAN card of organisation (NOT required for individual owners).
- Letter on official letterhead certifying appointment of Authorised Signatory (NOT required for individual owners).
- Kindly note that NONE of the items above should be password-protected. Each document or photograph should be below 300KB in size.
- If the above items are readily available with you, time required to complete the enlistment form is approximately 25 minutes.
- Kindly note that there is no ‘Save and fill later’ option in the form. You may have to complete the form in one go. Sorry about this!
- The information provided herein will be used only for official purposes by the Competent Authority.
- For any problem faced in filling up the form, kindly drop in a mail to the Digital Sky Helpdesk at email@example.com.
- Please do add firstname.lastname@example.org to your ‘safe senders list’ to avoid the Helpdesk’s response from getting blocked or being sent to your spam folder.
- The deadline for enlisting your drones is as stated above. Kindly fill up the form right away to avoid the last-minute rush.
Do & Don’ts regarding operations of RPAS
Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)/ Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS), commonly known as drones/ UAV, is a new addition to the aviation sector. This technology has promising effect on economic growth of India; both manufacturing and service industry.
As more people enter the commercial and recreational hobby RPA scene; the prospects for RPA accidents/ incidents also multiply. This applies not just to newcomers/ amateurs but even to professionals.
Here are some operational safety tips to ensure that you have a better and safer flying experience, not just for yourself but the people around you.
- Ensure your RPA (except Nano in uncontrolled airspace upto 50ft) is Digital Sky “No Permission- No Take off” (NPNT) Compliant
- Obtain Unique Identification Number (UIN) from DGCA for operating in controlled airspace and affix it on your RPA
- Obtain Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit (UAOP), if applicable from DGCA for commercial operations and keep it handy
- Obtain Permission before each flight through Digital Sky Platform
- Ensure RPA is in good condition (not damaged) and fit for flying safely.
- Keep an eye on interference: Interference can be from mobile devices or blockage of signals, do watch out when flying your RPA.
- Fly only during daylight (after sunrise to before sunset)
- Fly in good weather: Good weather lets you not only fly your RPA better but also keep track of it in the air.
- Fly in visual line of sight (VLOS): Always be within visual range of your RPA.
- Follow Flying Guidelines
- Do your homework before spending the considerable money for a RPA. Make sure you clearly understand all operational and regulatory aspects.
- Be aware of Airspace Restrictions/ No RPA Zones
- Do stay away from airports and heliports
- Respect privacy of people
- Keep local police informed about your RPA flying activity. If you are ever approached by police provide all requisite information.
- Do log your flights and intimate concerned authorities (like DGCA, local police etc.) of any incidents/ accidents
- Don’t fly a Nano RPA above 50ft (15m) from the ground level
- Don’t fly a Micro RPA above 200ft (60m) from the ground level
- Don’t fly RPA more than 400ft (120m) from the ground level
- Don’t fly RPA near other aircraft (manned or unmanned)
- Don’t fly RPA near airports and heliports
- Don’t fly RPA over groups of people, public events, or stadiums full of people without permission
- Don’t fly RPA over government facilities/military bases or over/ near any no-RPA zones.
- Don’t fly RPA over private property unless permission is given.
- Don’t fly RPA in controlled airspace near airports without filing flight plan or AAI/ADC permission (at least 24 hours before actual operation).
- Don’t drop or carry hazardous material
- Don’t fly RPA under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Don’t fly RPA from a moving vehicle, ship or aircraft