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India’s first drone training school gets approved


India’s first drone training school – The Bombay Flying Club – gets approval by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). “Good news for drone users. Want to be a professional drone pilot? If yes, then register at the Bombay Flying Club as Bombay Flying Club becomes the first DGCA-approved drone training school of India,” the Civil Aviation Ministry tweeted on July 27, 2020.

Safety measures for flying drones

On July 20, the DGCA gave the green signal to club’s application for “conducting remote pilot training for remotely piloted aircraft systems” for one year.

The club will have to meet the safety requirements for the use of drone. Another condition is that it also has to take clearances from local administrations, the Defence Ministry, the Home Ministry, the Indian Air Force and the Airports Authority of India.

Rules for drone use in India

A similar exercise of voluntary disclosure of such drones was conducted in January. Registrations for 19,553 non-compliant drones were received between January 14 and January 31.

The Civil Aviation Ministry issued draft rules on June 5, 2020. These rules are applicable for manufacturing and use of drones in the country. According to the proposal by ministry in the draft, “An authorized drone manufacturer or importer can sell its devices only to an individual or entity approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.”

The ministry will issue final rules after it analyses on the reviews received from the stakeholders on the draft rules.


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