UAOP is Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit.
All operators other than exempted categories mentioned below are required to obtain UAOP from DGCA:-
Operators of Nano &Micro category in uncontrolled airspace/ enclosed premises upto 50ft and 200ft respectively
RPA operated by NTRO, ARC, and Central Intelligence Agencies.
Same format is used for issue /renewal of UAOP through Digital Sky app. However,please note you will need fresh security clearance from MHA.
The operator of all RPA except Nano RPA will notify any incident/accident involving RPA to the Director of Air Safety, DGCA through Digital Sky Platform.
Please lodge FIR immediately in local police and report occurrence in Digital Sky along with a copy of FIR.
No. The operator has to apply for fresh UIN.
RPAS if issued with UIN, cannot be transferred or disposed-off without permission from DGCA. You are required for cancellation of UIN and the buyer has to apply for fresh UIN through Digital Sky Platform.
Foreign Entity has to lease their RPAS to the Indian Entity. The Indian entity shall apply for UIN and UAOP. Remote Pilot (if a foreign national) should be security cleared. Foreigners are currently not allowed to fly RPAs in India.
For Security clearance, apply as per the form available in the CAR on RPAS or Use “ESahaj– Online portal for processing security clearance applications” available in DGCA homepagewww.dgca.nic.in
Nano RPA (less than 250 gm) is exempted from obtaining UIN and UAOP. Please ensure not to fly it beyond 50 ft (15m) AGL. Also, ensure you are not flying in controlled airspace and no other manned or unmanned aircraft is flying nearby. If operations to be done in controlled airspace you need to apply for UIN, UAOP and your RPA shall be NPNT complaint. It is recommended to fly in uncontrolled airspace/ enclosed premises and go through Do’s and Don’ts every time before you fly.
You need to obtain UIN.
You will not require an UAOP if you are flying your RPA below 200 ft (60m) AGL in uncontrolled airspace/ enclosed premises. However, you shall intimate the local police office at least 24 hours prior to conduct of actual operations.
Your RPA needs to NPNT compliant and you have to obtain permission through digital sky before flying.
For Nano, no UIN is required. However, for micro category and above, UIN is required.
If you have a micro RPA, flying within enclosed premises and below 200ft then; you need to apply for UIN and to intimate local police before operating your RPA.You will require UAOP and NPNT if you are flying in controlled airspace.
Also ensure, no other manned or unmanned aircraft is flying nearby.
Not allowed as of now
Not allowed as of now
No, as of now but you need to undergo minimum training requirements specified in the Civil Aviation Requirements on “Requirements for Operation of Civil RPAS”.
You should have attained 18 years of age, having passed 10th exam in English, and undergone training at DGCA approved flying training organisation (FTO).
All individuals / operators (except Nano), shall maintain records of each RPA flight records and should be produced on demand by DGCA.
All RPA holders shall maintain maintenance records and, should be able to produce on demand by DGCA.
Flying RPA upto 400 ft. AGL and visual line of sight are allowed. However, you need to have the following equipment installed on your RPAs:
GNSS (GPS) for horizontal and vertical position fixing
Autonomous Flight Termination System or Return Home (RH) option
Flashing anti-collision strobe lights
RFID and GSM SIM Card/ NPNT compliant for APP based real time tracking
Fire resistant identification plate inscribed with UIN
Flight Controller with flight data logging capacity.
SSR transponder (Mode ‘C’ or ‘S’) or ADS-B OUT equipment
Barometric equipment with capability for remote sub-scale setting
Detect and Avoid capability
SOP or standard operating procedure is a catalogue of procedures that is agreed between prospective UAOP holder and DGCA for safe operation of RPAs in India.
Generally 450m (unaided) in Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC) with a minimum ground visibility of 5 km.
All RPA operations are restricted to day light and within visual line of sight. However, if you are shooting in well-lit enclosed premises using micro RPA upto 200 ft. AGL is allowable. Ensure your RPA is NPNT compliant and issued with UIN. Also, you need to inform local police before flying.
Ensure that you follow Do’s and Don’ts and respect individuals’ privacy.
No. But there is no harm in keeping your local police office informed. In addition, please go through Do’s and Don’ts before flying your Nano RPA each time.
RPAS can be used for agricultural purpose except for the purpose of spraying pesticides until specifically cleared.
Carriage of explosives, animal or human payload are not allowed at this instance. Nevertheless, you can test your RPAs with dummy on any of the test sites specified in the CAR.
Areas over which flying a RPA is prohibited/ restricted. Please go through the list of RPA zones in Civil Aviation Requirements.
You need to keep at least 25 km distance from international border which includes Line of Control (LoC), Line of Actual Control (LAC) and Actual Ground Position Line (AGPL).
Flying RPA over no-RPA zone is prohibited. However, DGCA may authorize such operations on case-to-case basis subject to approval of MoD.
DGCA may authorise such operation on case-to-case basis subject to adequate justification is provided by you for safe conduct of RPAS operation. Please note, DGCA may impose additional conditions for permitting such operations.
In addition, you may test your RPA in the test sites specified in the Civil Aviation Requirements.
DGCA has not stipulated any requirement on minimum amount of insurance for any category of RPA. It should be of an adequate amount to cover the risks, damages or other factors that is posed by operation of RPA. Further, it is an agreement between the insurance company and you (the policy holder).
In case of violation of the rules and regulations for RPAs, the UIN/UAOP issued by DGCA shall be suspended/cancelled.
Violation of compliance to any of the requirements and falsification of records/documents shall attract penal action including imposition of penalties as per applicable IPCs (such as 287, 336, 337, 338 or any relevant section of IPC) or Aircraft Act 1934 or Aircraft Rules 1937 or any statutory provisions.
You can file flight plan online through Digital Sky Platform. Procedure for filing flight plan is available in Digital Sky Manual. The link for the Digital Sky Platform/ Manual shall be available in Homepage of DGCA website www.dgca.nic.in, and it will be operational from 1st December, 2018.