Drone Laws In 2020

Website Launched To Permit Aerial Photography and Remote Sensing Survey

  • On 6 January 2020, the Minister of Defence launched the Ministry of Defence, No Objection Certificate web portal namely www.modnoc.ncog.gov.in to facilitate aerial surveys with the final permission from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
  • This portal can be used by various vendors engaged by state government, public sector undertakings and autonomous bodies to seek Non Objection Certificate from the Ministry of Defence. 
  • Purpose:
  • This initiative would enable a speedier issuance of the Non Objection Certificate.
  • It will also ensure expeditious disposal of applications to carry out aerial photography and remote sensing survey. 

One-time opportunity for voluntary disclosure of non-complaint drones

  • On 13 January 2020, the Ministry of Civil Aviation issued a public notice to ensure a one-time voluntary disclosure opportunity for non-complaint drones being operated in the Indian airspace.
  • Opportunity for Disclosure: 
  • The Directorate General of Civil Aviation had issued the Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR), Section 3 – Air Transport Series X, Part I, Issue I, dated 27 August 2018.
  • These regulations provide for obtaining Unique Identification Number, Unmanned Aircraft Operation Permit and other operational requirements for the identification of drones and their operators.
  • In case, there has been a non-disclosure, i.e. a CAR violation, the public notice dated 13 January 2020 would be giving an opportunity for one-time voluntary disclosure to the non-compliant drone owners.
  • No strict compliance with the No Permission – No Takeoff conditions: 
  • There need not be mandatory compliance with the No Permission – No Takeoff conditions as envisaged in CAR.
  • E-Portal: 
  • The persons in possession of non-complaint drones are required to submit the information to the Government.
  • The persons in possession of the non-complaint drones can submit the information disclosed through the Digital Sky portal available at https://digitalsky.dgca.gov.in/.
  • Procedure: 
  • On uploading the drone owner’s information, the owner will receive an online issued Ownership Acknowledgement Number (OAN).
  • Using this OAN, the owner can upload the information about the drone and receive an online issued Drone Acknowledgement Number (DAN).
  • The OAN and the DAN will help in validation of operations of drones in India. 
  • Additional Rules:
  • There shall be fresh enlistment of every drone.
  • The same OAN can be used to enlist all the drones owned by the same person.
  • A separate DAN shall be issued for every drone.  
  • The OAN and DAN do not confer right to operate drones in India.
  • There has to be additional compliance with the provisions given in the CAR.
  • Penalty: 
  • Owning drones in India without a valid DAN or OAN number shall lead to penal consequences as per applicable laws.
  • Deadline:
  • The deadline for voluntary disclosure was 5:00 pm on 31 January 2020.

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