Govt permits NPNT compliant drone operations at 34 green zones

at 8:24 pm
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New Delhi (NVI): The Ministry of Civil Aviation has granted permits to “No-Permission-No-Takeoff’ (NPNT) compliant drone operations at 34 additional green zones to facilitate, smoothen and promote drone operations across the country.

The approved green zone sites allow drone usage up to 400 ft Above Ground Level (AGL).

In a statement, the Aviation Ministry said, “These zones are in addition to the 26 green zone sites approved dated February 2, 2021, and six green zone sites approved dated April 3, 2020.”

As per DGCA, “NPNT or ‘No Permission – No Take-off’ compliance enables every remotely piloted aircraft (except Nano) to obtain valid permission through the Digital Sky platform before operating in India, it noted.

This further allows the non-operationalization of drones prior to necessary approvals.

Also, flying in these approved green zones will require only intimation of the time and location of the flights via the Digital Sky portal or the app.

The framework also mandates users to register on an online portal that acts as the national unmanned traffic management system for remotely piloted aircraft.

On the other hand, drone flights in the green zone sites shall be compliant with the applicable conditions of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules, 2021.

Meanwhile, the concerned state governments and local administrations are requested to facilitate operations of NPNT-compliant drones in the mentioned sites, the statement added.