India, being one of the world’s largest markets for consumer electronics has been waiting with bated breath for the arrival of commercial drones in the country. However, the strict prohibition curtailing the use of drones in the country till now is set to provide an avenue for drone enthusiasts all over the country.

New regulation from commercial drone flying in India

The DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) is set to introduce new regulations for use of drones in India. According to an official from the DGCA, who chose to remain anonymous, the watchdog agency will soon issue licenses to fly drones in India. The DGCA will issue RPL (Remote Pilot License) to individuals, which are similar to any CPL (Commercial Pilot License) or PPL (Private Pilot License).

How drone flying will change in India with RPL?

Currently, drone flying is highly restricted and is limited to use by the police or other state security agencies for surveillance purposes only, but that too, with prior permission.

This is set to change with the introduction of RPL for drone flying in India. According to the official, similar to the drone weight criteria in other countries where drone flying is allowed, India too will have a stringent weight category for which the drone will require an RPL for operating.

This new regulation is likely to be introduced within the next 2 to 3 weeks and will surely be a huge opportunity for commercial filmmakers and drone lovers to let their drones soar in Indian skies.

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