A day after the Ministry of Commerce and Industry reported its choice to boycott the import of drones, the civil aviation ministry on Friday, 11 February, rejected the requirement of drone pilot licenses for drones in India. The Remote Pilot Certificate (RPC) given by a DGCA-endorsed drone school through the single window DigitalSky Platform will currently be adequate for working a drone in the country
This authentication will not be needed for working a drone up to 2 kg for non-business purposes. RPC and DigitalSky Platform were both set up by the public authority last month.
Drone ban in India
On Wednesday, 9 February, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) under the commerce ministry banned the import of foreign drones with certain exceptions in an effort to promote the domestic manufacturing of drones.
The move is by all accounts pointed toward importing China-based DJI, which is the world’s leading drone maker by a wide margin. In 2021, the market had a portion of the overall industry of 76% in volume, trailed by Intel who had a piece of the pie of around four percent, as indicated by Statista.
Drones required for research and development, educational purposes, and defense and security, can still be imported into India after due clearance from DGFT in consultation with the pertinent ministries.
Banning drone import will cause-effect to the importers who used to import Dji and other brands of drones from other countries. We are still in the progression to manufacturing world-class drones in India.