Under the 2021 Drone Regulations, the first type certificate (TC) will be awarded only 34 days after the submission of the online application.
The drone certification system was announced on January 26, 2022, making it easier for drone manufacturers to obtain type certification.
Drone certification schemes have the potential to create an ecosystem for world-class drones to be manufactured in India.
Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Minister of Civil Aviation, today awarded IoTechWorld Avigation Pvt Ltd the first type certificate (TC) under the Drone Regulations in 2021. Drone.
IoTech received the type certificate only 34 days after submitting an online application on DGCA’s Digital Sky platform on May 11, 2022. This is 15 days until the 2021 Drone Regulations are in accordance with the Indian Quality Council (QCI) or all required documents and test reports to the Certification Body (CB) and DGCA to issue a type certificate. (That is, a total of 75 days).
The 2021 Drone Regulations were notified on August 25, 2021, and the “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System Certification Scheme (CSUAS)” for obtaining a drone type certificate (TC) was notified on January 26, 2022. rice field.
There are three world-renowned certification bodies (CBs) approved by QCI: TQ Cert, UL India and Bureau Veritas. Drone makers are free to approach any certification body to test their drone prototypes.
The January 2022 drone certification scheme was developed by the Indian Quality Council in consultation with drone startups, industry, academia and defense experts. The government acted as a facilitator and problem solver.
Drone certification schemes have the potential to create an ecosystem for world-class drones to be manufactured in India and sold worldwide. There are 14 drone prototypes currently under certification testing. The number of type-certified prototypes could exceed 100 over the next three years.
On this occasion, Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia congratulated IoTechWorld Avigation Pvt Ltd on the first type certificate (TC) under the 2021 Drone Regulations. He said that the Ministry of Civil Aviation is Prime Minister Hon’ble’s vision “Minimum Government, Maximum Governance.” India has set a goal of becoming a drone hub by 2030, and issuing a record 34-day type certificate is a step in that direction. He added that other drone prototypes will soon be certified.
Other drone reforms
- The central government has implemented a series of reform measures, including:
- Liberalized Drone Regulations, 2021 was notified on August 25, 2021
- The drone airspace map was released on September 24, 2021 and opened almost 90% of India’s airspace as a green zone for drones flying up to 400 feet.
- The drone production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme was announced on September 30, 2021.
- The UAS Traffic Management (UTM) Policy Framework was published on October 24, 2021.
- A financial grant program for the purchase of agricultural drones was announced by the United Ministry of Agriculture on January 22, 2022.
- All five applications under the 2021 Drone Rules were created online on the Digital Sky platform on January 26, 2022.
- The drone certification scheme was announced on January 26, 2022, making it easier for drone manufacturers to obtain type certification.
- The mission “Drone Shakti” was announced as part of the United Budget on February 1, 2022 to support drone startups and promote Drone as a service (DrAAS).
- Drone import policy was notified on February 9, 2022, banning foreign drone imports and releasing drone component imports.
- The Drone (Revised) Regulations, 2022, were notified on February 11, 2022, abolishing the requirements for drone pilot licenses.
- Applications from manufacturers of drones and drone component PLI schemes were invited on March 10-31, 2022. The first provisional list of beneficiaries was released on April 20, 2022.
Global Drone Hub by 2030
Drones bring tremendous benefits to almost every sector of the economy. These include agriculture, mining, infrastructure, surveillance, emergency response, transportation, geospatial mapping, defense, law enforcement and more.
Drones have the potential to become key creators of employment and economic growth due to their reach, versatility and ease of use, especially in remote and inaccessible areas of India.
Given its traditional strengths in innovation, information technology and frugal engineering, India with support policies, financial incentives and a huge domestic demand base has the potential to become a global drone hub by 2030. ..