The Ministry has introduced new Drone (Amendment) Rules 2023 for drone pilots in India. Government-issued proof of identity (e.g., Voter ID, Ration Card, or Driving License) and proof of address can now be used to apply for a Remote Pilot Certificate if the drone pilot doesn’t have a passport. Earlier, passport was mandatory for apply the the Remote Pilot Certificate to operate drone.
- Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), are aircraft operated remotely without a human pilot on board.
- The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India is responsible for regulating drones.
- To operate a drone in India, registration for drones, pilots, and owners is required, along with obtaining a Unique Identification Number (UIN) and an Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit (UAOP).
- Nano drones and micro drones used for non-commercial purposes do not require a pilot license.
- A license and training from a DGCA-authorized institute are necessary to operate other types of drones or any of these categories for commercial purposes.
Q.: What government-issued documents can now be used for applying for a Remote Pilot Certificate in India according to the new Drone (Amendment) Rules 2023?
a) Passport only
b) Proof of identity and proof of address like Voter ID, Ration Card, or Driving License
c) Aadhar card only
d) Birth certificate and utility bill
Ans : b) Proof of identity and proof of address like Voter ID, Ration Card, or Driving License
Q.: In India, when is a pilot license not required to operate nano drones and micro drones?
a) Only for commercial use
b) Only for non-commercial use
c) For both commercial and non-commercial use
d) Always required
Ans : b) Only for non-commercial use