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Drone woes: As regulatory delays persist, companies seek provisional fixes to fly drones in India | FactorDaily

Drone woes: As regulatory delays persist, companies seek provisional fixes to fly drones in India | FactorDaily

  • Indian drone users will have to wait longer to fly legally compliant drones as the government is yet to iron out several operational issues related to testing, certification, and quality control.
  • With the civil aviation regulator missing its April 1 deadline for launching its Digital Sky platform for permitting drones to fly, manufacturers are seeking provisional approvals from authorities to begin operations.
  • The government even created Digital Sky as a single-window online platform for drone companies to apply for permissions and get instant approvals for flight operations, management and registration.
  • "There is still resistance within the drone industry, where small manufacturers operating at a local state or taluk level do not feel the need to be NPNT-compliant," says an industry expert who is working with DGCA on drone regulations.
  • "What kind of tests should be done on your software, what workflow should it follow for you to be deemed NPNT-compliant, is not final yet," says Vipul Singh, cofounder of Aarav Unmanned System (AUS), a drone manufacturer and service provider.
  • Disclosure: FactorDaily is owned by SourceCode Media, which counts Accel Partners, Blume Ventures, Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Jay Vijayan and Girish Mathrubootham among its investors.


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