Today’s tech-savvy population is known for taking lots and lots of selfies and we are sure that the product that we are discussing in this post will be the one that the people will surely love to welcome into their lives with open arms, which are Selfie Drones. Some China-based technology manufacturing companies that create and develop latest tech gadgets are working on and making flying drones which have the capability to record videos and take selfie images through a camera attached to the flying device that connects wirelessly to one’s mobile phone.
Many of you must have encountered these camera drones in wedding photoshoots. After the popular widespread of fidget spinners and hoverboards, these drones will soon emerge as the rising product in Indian markets.
These drones are quite popular abroad and are being used by people for entertainment purposes, however, India was not quite ready for them yet, the main concern being the security breach due to cameras on the drones.
Laws for flying Drones in India
India did not have any take on drone laws and drones were thus banned in India but now after a lot of ambiguity, The Office of the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has finally released the Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) for the operation of drones in India. As per the CAR, to operate a drone one will have to obtain a Unique Identification Number (UIN), an Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit (UAOP) and comply with certain other operational requirements.
Five category division of Drones based on their Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) by DCGA
|Micro||250gm to 2kg|
|Mini||2kg to 25kg|
|Small||25kg to 150kg|
The DGCA has barred the drones under nano category that is the ones that weigh under 250 grams and can’t fly at higher than 50 feet, while all the other categories must be registered with the DGCA and acquire a Unique Identification Number (UIN) for flight. Drones that weigh over 2kgs will also require an air defence clearance. And the remote pilot for any category of drone must be at least 18 years of age and must have gone through a prescribed flying training process.
The government has also specified certain regions that will be out of bound for the drones, that is the drones will not be permitted to fly within the 5km radius of an operational airport or within 50km of an international border, including the Line of Control (LoC).The 5km radius around New Delhi’s Vijay Chowk which is close to the Parliament, Rashtrapati Bhawan, and North and South blocks. Also, the areas that are densely populated or areas like national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, are also out of bound areas where flying a drone is not permitted and is a punishable offence.
How to get a Drone in India
Some of the popular China-based drone manufacturing companies are DJI, Yuneec, Parrot, JJRC, Autel Robotics, and even Xiaomi. Yes, the most popular smartphone brand in India Xiaomi manufactures drones also that are not yet available in India, but they may bring this product to Indian market very soon just as Mi TV’s. Currently, these drones that are manufactured by the Chinese companies are available on Amazon that delivers it to you within a week of time.