Drone Pilots

Drone Pilots

Drone Pilots

Context:

Citizens can now become drone pilots with any government-issued identity and address proof.

Main Highlights:

  • The Ministry of Civil Aviation notified the new Drone (Amendment) Rules 2023 stating that any citizen can now apply to become a drone pilot with government-issued identity and address proof.
  • The new rules are effective from Sep 27, 2023.
  • Any government-issued proof of identity or address such as Voter ID, Ration Card, or Driving License will be eligible to apply for a Remote Pilot Certificate if the drone pilot does not have a passport.
  • Notably, a remote pilot certificate is required when the drone is of small to medium size i.e., up to 2kgfor non-commercial drone use.
  • The new rules aim to further liberalize, promote and facilitate drone operations across the country and make India a global drone hub by 2030.

Eligibility to apply for a remote pilot license:

  • Individuals should be between 18 and 65 years of age.
  • Should have passed class 10th or its equivalent from a recognized board. 
  • Should have successfully completed training as specified by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) from any authorized remote pilot training organization.
  • The license issued is valid for a period of ten years.