31st January 2020 deadline for voluntary disclosure of information of drones flying in India

Submitted by dhananjay on Mon, 01/13/2020 - 22:33


New Delhi : In order to facilitate the identification of civil drones and drone operators, a one-time opportunity for voluntary disclosure of such drones and drone operators is now being provided by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA). The persons in possession of drones are required to submit the information to the government, starting from 14th January 2020 by visiting the Digital Sky portal at https://digitalsky.dgca.gov.in. Drones and Drones operators have to obtain Unique Identification Number (UIN), Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit (UAOP) and other operational requirements as per the guidelines issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) which regulates the use of drones in the Indian Airspace.

According to a release from Ministry of Civil Aviation, it was brought to the notice of the Government of India that drones and drone operators are not complying with the Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR). The deadline to submit the required information of such drones and drone operators to the Government is 31st January 2020.

On successful submission of voluntary disclosure of possessing drone, a Drone Acknowledgement Number (DAN) and an Ownership Acknowledgement Number (OAN) will be issued online which will assist in validation of operations of drones in India. However, the DAN or OAN does not confer any right to operate a drone(s) in India, if it does not fulfill the provisions given in the CAR. Further, ownership of drone(s) in India without a valid DAN or OAN shall invite penal action as per applicable laws, says the press release. 

Any clarification or additional information in this regard may be sought from Digital Sky Help desk at support-digisky@gov.in.