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All drone operators in Jammu to compulsorily register on the digital sky platform

Administration has issued a circular making it obligatory on all drone operators in Jammu to register their ‘drones’ as per the Government’s guidelines in view of the Drone Rules 2021, notified by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The said Rules are applicable to all persons owning, possessing or engaged in leasing, operating, transferring or maintaining unmanned aircraft systems in India.

The circular issued by the Div Com reads, ‘all persons operating an unmanned aircraft system shall have to compulsarily register themselves by making an application in Form D-2 on digital sky platform ( and obtain a Unique Identification Number (UIN). Rule 6 Part III provides that no unmanned aircraft shall be operated unless it conforms to a type certificate or is exempted from the requirement of a type certificate under these Rules.

Under the rules, the drones weighing less than or equal to 250 grams have been classified as nano while those weighing between 250 grams and 2 kilograms have been categorised ‘micro’. Weighing between 2 kilograms and 25 kilograms would categorise the unmanned aircraft system under ‘small’ category and the rest weighing between 25 kilograms and 150 kilograms fall under ‘medium’ category.

The Rules provide for creation of an interactive airspace map with Red, Yellow & Green Zones on the digital sky platform by the Central Govt. Whereas, prior permission from concerned ATC Authority is required for operating a UAV in Yellow Zone and only the Central Govt can allow for unmanned aircraft system operations in Red Zone. Drones can be operated in the Green Zones with upto 200 feet in an area between lateral distance of 08 to 12 kms from the perimeter of an Airport.

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