Drones in India: Laws Hovering Overhead!

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By Ramesh Vaidyanathan and Mansi Singh

Drones have myriad applications such as news gathering, commercial surveillance, power line inspection, commercial filming, advertising, law enforcement, disaster relief, agriculture, search and rescue, mineral, gas and oil exploration, etc. While most countries have enacted laws regulating the use of drones, India has been deliberating on the regulations governing the licensing and operation of drones for a long time. Not to be left behind, India released the draft Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) to provide for the ‘Requirements for Operation of Civil Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS)’.

Air Tight, for Air Travellers

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By: Ramesh Vaidyanathan and Mansi Singh

India is one of the fastest growing aviation markets in the world, fuelled by factors such as rising income levels and competitive airfares. With airlines, particularly low cost ones, expanding their fleet and network by the day, they are increasingly confronted with instances of unruly behaviour by passengers.

The issue received some much deserved attention in the aftermath of a deplorable assault on an Air India staffer by Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad. In a somewhat belligerent and unprecedented counterattack that pleased the general public, Air India and all private airlines banned the MP from flying on their aircraft.

Legality of No-Fly Lists in India

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There was a furore recently when India’s national carrier Air India along with all private airlines banned a Member of Parliament from flying on their aircrafts after he assaulted an Air India staffer. This brought the issue of legality of no-fly lists in India into the spotlight.

Our Managing Partner, Ramesh Vaidyanathan’s views appeared in “India Legal” on the legality of no-fly lists in India: