Game of Drones: Will Indian Regulations Ground their Flight?

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By: Ramesh Vaidyanathan and Arvind Ravindranath

Drones are small remote controlled aircrafts that have multiple uses. They are also termed as ‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’ (“UAV”) or addressed by the broader term ‘Unmanned Aviation Systems’ (“UAS”). UAS is a package that consists of the UAV, a ‘Remote Pilot Station’, a Command and Control Link, maintenance system and operating personnel. While military use drones have been flying for decades, the technology to fly advanced, portable, civilian use drones did not really exist until recently. Companies such as DJI Phantom Technology Co. and Parrot have made unmanned aviation more accessible to the public through their innovative consumer products. Initially, civilian use unmanned aviation was considered to be merely a hobby or a pastime. The aircrafts were often flimsy, had the most basic features and did not even have significant flight time. However, with the rapid growth of technology, the scale of the features that can be packed into a tiny device has grown by leaps and bounds.

Regional Connectivity Scheme: Connecting the ‘Unserved’ and the ‘Under-served’

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By: Probal Bose

Introduction

Towards the last quarter of 2016, the Ministry of Civil Aviation of the Government of India (“The Ministry”) introduced for the first time an integrated Civil Aviation Policy (“The Policy”) with the objective of migrating to a more liberal administrative and regulatory regime for the aviation sector. One of the key features of the Policy was the introduction of a Regional Connectivity Scheme (“The Scheme”). The Scheme, also known as UDAN (which is short for “Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik” that translates to “country’s common man gets to fly”), aims to make flying affordable for the masses, promote tourism, increase employment and promote balanced regional growth. It also intends to put life into un-served and under-served airports. The Central Government will support the RCS Scheme by providing:

India’s New Aviation Policy: Will it be a Game Changer?

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By: Ramesh Vaidyanathan

India’s booming economy and growing middle class have helped to make it the world’s fastest-growing air travel market. India is the ninth largest civil aviation market in the world and aims to become the third largest by 2022. More than 85 international airlines operate in India and five Indian carriers offer service to over 40 countries. The Government of India (GoI) aims to grow domestic passenger traffic from 80 million in 2015 to 300 million by 2022.

Because the development of the Indian aviation sector can have a multiplier effect on the nation’s economy in terms of investments, tourism and employment, the GoI has developed an aggressive plan to promote the sector. As the first significant step in implementing this plan, the GoI recently unveiled the much-awaited Civil Aviation Policy (Policy)[1]. This is the first time since India’s independence that the GoI’s Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has propounded an integrated civil aviation policy. The Policy reflects an intent to migrate