Do’s & Dont’s of Flying Drones | Drone Laws To Keep In Mind While Flying It In India
We are working on the exact drone laws which you need to keep in mind. These are the do’s and dont’s which also covers many of the drone laws. Meanwhile have a look at them and do comment what you feel. Will update the page soon with the exact drone laws.
Do’s To Keep in Mind While Flying Drone in India
- 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’ts To Keep in Mind While Flying Drone in India
- 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