Flight delayed: Despite ministry nod, drones yet to take off due to security concerns

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Drones are yet to take off in the domestic skies due to security concerns more than a month after their use was made legal by the ministry of civil aviation. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is yet to award any flying permit to the remotely-piloted aircraft systems from the Digital Sky platform since the launch on December 1, 2018. Civil aviation secretary RN Choubey said the state governments are yet to designate The security agencies have been raising concerns areas unsafe for drones use. The drones which are fully compliant will be allowed to operate once no-drone zones are finalised, The drones According to the regulations, drone manufacturers require a software programme to enable operators to obtain permissions prior to flying. A senior DGCA official told FE that drone flyers will have to wait till April to obtain drone flying permits. But that deadline looks difficult now. We are hopeful of updating the portal by March-end, The aviation regulator had defined five different categories of drones as nano, micro, small, medium and large. Nano drones, which weigh less than 250 grams, do not need any registration and owners are free to fly it. For other categories, the users require a unique identification number to operate. Also read:0 policy for operations of drones for commercial purposes.

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