Drone Certification Scheme notifed
The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) on 26 January 2022 notified a drone certification scheme to ensure minimum safety and quality requirements as it will boost indigenous manufacturing. The drone certification scheme notified under Rule 7 of the liberalized Drone Rules, 2021 will help in simpler, faster and transparent type-certification of drones.
- Along with the liberalised drone rules, airspace map, the PLI (production-linked incentive) scheme and the single window DigitalSky Platform, this will help drone manufacturing industry in India, grow.
- The MoCA had on 16 September last year approved a PLI scheme for drones and drone components with an allocation of Rs 120 crore spread over three financial years.
- The PLI scheme came as a follow-through of the liberalised Drone Rules, 2021, released by the MoCA on 25 August 2021.
- The objective of this Drone Certification Scheme (DCS) is to provide the minimum requirements for airworthiness -- safety and security requirements -- for drones and enable their evaluation for certification.
- A multi-stakeholder steering committee (MSC) will oversee the scheme, along with a QCI (Quality Control of India) secretariat.
- This MSC will also be supported by a technical committee (TC) and a certification committee (CC) that will be constituted by the QCI.