Do & Don'ts for Drone / Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) Operations - DGCA India Guidelines 2020
Attention Drone Owners
Here is the DO & DON'TS for Drone Operation. Guidance from DGCA, Govt of India.
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 drone scene; the prospects for drone 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 Drone (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 drone
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 drone 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 drone.
Fly only during daylight (after sunrise to before sunset)
Fly in good weather: Good weather lets you not only fly your drone better but also keep track of it in the air.
Fly in visual line of sight (VLOS): Always be within visual range of your drone.
Follow Flying Guidelines
Do your homework before spending the considerable money for a drone. Make sure you clearly understand all operational and regulatory aspects.
Be aware of Airspace Restrictions/ No Drone Zones
Do stay away from airports and heliports
Respect privacy of people
Keep local police informed about your drone 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 drone above 50ft (15m) from the ground level
Don’t fly a Micro drone above 200ft (60m) from the ground level
Don’t fly drones more than 400ft (120m) from the ground level
Don’t fly drone near other aircraft (manned or unmanned)
Don’t fly drone near airports and heliports
Don’t fly drone over groups of people, public events, or stadiums full of people without permission
Don’t fly drone over government facilities/military bases or over/ near any no-drone zones.
Don’t fly drone over private property unless permission is given.
Don't fly drone 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 drone under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Don’t fly drone from a moving vehicle, ship or aircraft