Who is an Owner or Operator?
A drone owner is a person who owns a drone or takes a drone on lease. An authorised drone operator is a person authorised to engage in or offering to engage in drone operation.
Own & Operate a Drone
If you are looking to own and operate a drone in Indian Airspace legally, the following steps would guide you through various requirements mandated by DGCA, which are instrumental for a hassle-free flight.
Step 1: Get unique identification number for the drone
What is UIN?
UIN is an identification number for drones. It is unique and helps identify the drone while flying, selling or for any other official purposes.
Steps for getting a UIN
1. Visit the Digital Sky Platform
2. Create your profile on the platform
3. Find the Type Certificate number for your drone model from here
4. Fill the D2 form on the platform with other relevant details
5. Pay the necessary fees
Who can apply?
An individual or a representative from any registered organisation
Step 2: Documents required for UIN
Details of the individual/organisation registering the drone
1. Passport and Adhaar Card XML
2. Mobile Number
3. Residential Address within India
4. Registration number of the Organisation (not applicable to individuals)
5. DIN of the director of the organisation (not applicable to individuals)
Details of the Drone
1. Serial Number of the Drone and the controller: as mentioned on the device
2. Type certificate number of the drone: This is needed to verify if the drone model has been approved by the DGCA for flying in India. If it is already an approved model, the Type Certificate number can be found here. If a new drone model is being registered, you have to apply for the Type certificate. Find the process here.
3. Category, Sub-category and Class of the Drone- Click here to find the same for your drone model
4. Photographs of the drone
Step 3: Obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate
What is a Remote Pilot Certificate?
A Remote Pilot Certificate is required for commercial drone flying in India. It is issued by the DGCA through Drone training institutes for pilots who have undergone the required training. It is equivalent to a Driver’s license for a bike or car.
A nano and micro drone can be operated without a Remote Pilot Certificate for non-commercial purposes.
1. Not less than 18 and not above 65 years in age
2. Passed the Class 10th examination
3. Successfully cleared the training requirements as specified the DGCA
Types of Pilot Certificates:
1. CAT1: To fly commercially within visual line of sight
2. CAT2: To fly commercially beyond visual line of sight
Process for applying:
1. Enrol in a training institute and complete the required training in your preferred category
2. On behalf of the trainee, the training institute applies for the certificate to the DGCA through the Digital Sky Portal
The enrolment fees varies with each training school.
Find your nearest drone training school in this page
Step 4: Get a Third-Party Liability Insurance for your drones
A Third-Party Liability Drone Insurance is mandatory for flying drone in India.
What is a Third-Party Liability Drone Insurance?
When your drones crash, they might fall on someone or something. These “someone or something” are third parties. Any damages to them will be covered by your insurance policy.
Where can I buy it?
You can download the TropoGo app or buy it from our web flow. Additionally, you can also buy a comprehensive drone insurance, which is a combination of the mandatory Third-Party Liability insurance and damage insurance for your drones.
Penalty without insurance
Flying without a drone insurance is an offense. You could be fined upto INR 1 Lakh.
A nano drone is exempt from drone insurance
Flying drones without insurance is illegal & a punishable offence.
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Step 5: Verify if you are in a Green Flying Zone
As per the new rules ,India has been divided into three zones:
Unrestricted flying upto 400 feet
Restricted flying, need permission from the nearest Air Traffic Controller before flying
Prohibited flying, need exclusive permission from the Central Govt before flying
Therefore, an operator has to ensure that he/she is flying in a zone for which he/she has the necessary flying permissions from the relevant authority.
How to check the zones?
TropoGo has made it easier for fliers to check in realtime about the zones. Download the TropoGo app or click here to find using the Air Sherpa map
For more information on flying zones, refer to the “Applicable to all” rules section or click here.