Ministry of Civil Aviation Grants Drone Use Permission to 10 Organizations

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Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have granted conditional exemption from Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2021 to 10 organizations.

The detail of these permissions include:

S. No.Entity NamePurpose
1Government of KarnatakaDrone based aerial survey for creating urban property ownership records in Bengaluru
2National Health Mission, MumbaiFor conducting experimental BVLOS drone flights to deliver essential healthcare items in tribal areas of Jawhar in Palghar district of Maharashtra
3Gangtok Smart City DevelopmentDrone based aerial survey for Smart City Project
4Steel Authority of India, IISCO Steel Plant, Burnpur, West BengalFor conducting perimeter surveillance of the plant
5Asia Pacific Flight Training Academy, Hyderabad, TelanganaFor conducting remote pilot training using drones
6Blue Ray Aviation, GujaratFor conducting remote pilot training using drones
7Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited, ChennaiFor conducting drone based aerial spraying to assess crop health & prevent crop disease
8Mahindra & Mahindra, Mumbai, MaharashtraFor conducting drone based agricultural trials & precision spraying on paddy & hot pepper crop in the state of Telangana & Andhra Pradesh respectively
9Bayer Crop Science, Mumbai, MaharashtraFor conducting drone based agricultural research activities & agricultural spraying




Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, PuneFor atmospheric research at these 5 locations:
-IITM Bhopal

-NDA, Pune

-Karad Airport

-Osmanabad Airport

– Mohammed Airfield,Farrukhabad

These exemptions are valid for a period of one year from the date of approval or until further orders, whichever is earlier and shall be subject to the terms and conditions of the SOP issued by DGCA. The link to the public notices can be accessed from the Ministry of Civil Aviation website.

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