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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.
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
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
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
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
Looking for a Comprehensive Drone Insurance Cover: Talk to TropoGo
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.
Any authorized drone owner can sell or lease his/her drones as per the provisions mentioned in the Drone rules 2021. The rules of the same has been mentioned in details here. Do have a look.Link
You have got questions; we are happy to help with answers
Q: I already have a DAN. How do I get an UIN?
A: The conversion deadline from DAN to UIN was 31st of November. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to convert to UIN now. Do get in touch with the DGCA authorities to know about the manual conversion process, if any.
Q: How do find the type certificate for my drone?
A: The manufacturer of your drone model has to apply for the type certificate. Upon validation, the type certificate of your drone model will be listed in the DGCA portal. While registering the drone, you have to mention that unique type certificate number of your particular drone model.
Q: What if my type certificate is not listed in the portal?
A: You have to contact your drone manufacturer to get that information.
Q: I have a nano drone. Do I need to register?
A: Every drone model including a toy drone has to be registered with the DGCA.
Q: I have purchased a drone from abroad. What is the process of registration?
A: You have to get an approval from DGFT to validate the import of your drone. Post that, get in touch with DGCA to proceed with the registration.
Q. What are the types of Drone Remote Pilot Licenses in India?
A: As per the latest rules announced by the Govt of India, Remote Pilot License has been replaced with a Remote Pilot Certificate.
Q: Do I need a Remote Pilot Certificate if I am flying drones just as a hobby?
A: A Remote Pilot Certificate is only needed for commercial drone flying. For Eg: Taking a paid drone photography project
Q: How do I apply directly for a Remote Pilot Certificate if I already know how to fly a drone?
A: As of today, there are no direct provisions for applying. You have to contact a drone training school near you to know more. Find the schools listed here.
Q. Why do I need an insurance?
A. It is mandatory as per law to have a Third-Party Liability drone insurance while flying.
Q. What is a Third-Party Liability drone insurance? Does it cover the damages to my drone?
A: A Third-Party Liability drone insurance would cover the damages happened to the damage that has been done by your drone to anyone’s property or injuries to any person. It won’t cover damages to your drone. You need to buy a comprehensive policy if you want additional cover for your drones as well.
Q. How do I buy an insurance?
A: You could get in touch with TropoGo at +91 74393 24645 to explore various plans. Alternatively, you can visit our webpage or download the app to buy directly.
Q. I have a DJI Mini 2. Do I need a drone insurance?
A: As per the rules, nano drones have been exempted from drone insurance. Therefore, you don’t need a Third-Party Liability insurance for your drone.
Q. How do I know if I am flying in a green zone or a red zone?
A: Before flying a drone, you must check the zone in the Aerospace map on the Digital Sky portal. Please note that the map is dynamic in nature, therefore a green zone can be coverted into a yellow or red zone without any prior information. Hence, it is advised to keep checking for the zones before every flight.
Q. Can I fly to any altitude in a green zone?
A: No, you can only fly upto 400 ft in a green zone. The vertical distance above 400 ft in a green zone becomes a Yellow zone and hence, the rules for yellow zone becomes applicable.
Q. I want to fly in a Yellow zone, How do I take a permission?
A: Yellow zone is a restricted space. You have to take a permission from the nearest Air Traffic Controller. You could download the TropoGo app to find the contact details of your nearest ATC.
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