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#BreakingNews: Drone Flying Finally Made Legal In India
All You Need To Know About the New Drone Policy – 2018
What is a Drone?
An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is a type of aircraft that operate without a human pilot onboard and is more commonly known as a drone. Remote control airplanes and helicopters can also be classified as UAVs when they have particular kinds of performance and remote control capabilities. Today, drones are used in several applications such as Security and Surveillance, and to deliver packages
Drones In India
Drones have become quite popular in the Nation and recently made its way into the Indian Market and Economy. But due to the presence of missing policies and incomplete regulations, users were prevented to use this Technology to its full potential.
With the release of a new policy, Drone Enthusiasts have another chance at trying their hands on this Technology. The new policy shall be made applicable from 1st December 2018.
The Old Policy
- There are 5 types of drones: Nano, Micro, Mini, Small and Large. These range from less than 250grams in weight to over 150 kg.
- Drones under 250g (Nano) won’t need security clearance.
- Micro category (250 g to 2 kg) will get approvals in 2 days.
- Whenever you operate a drone, you will need different approval. Apart from nano drones, all other categories will need an air defense clearance so that Aviation, as well as security authorities, are aware of the flight path.
- There will be no-drone zones such as above operational aerodromes and within 5 km of Vijay Chowk in Delhi, within 500 meters from strategic locations, from mobile platforms such as a car, ship or aircraft, over eco-sensitive zones like national parks and wildlife sanctuaries (unless approved by Environment Ministry).
- Drones less than 2 kg and operating under 200 feet in height, once registered, can be flown without nods.
- Drones can be used for photography, medical uses, ad film making and so on.
- Air-rickshaws or passenger drones can also be considered under this policy
Drones have been categorizedinto five different categories based on weight – starting at less than 250 gm and the largest ones weighing more than 150 kg – and their end use. Barring the smallest (nano category of drones), all other categories of drones — micro, small, medium and large — need to be registered.
- Manufacturing drones:
The new policy has defined different categories based on maximum takeoff weight which means manufacturers will have to keep in mind the needs of the consumers and policy restrictions while manufacturing drones. For example, if a drone is going towards an unauthorized area, it should have a functionality to come back to its base area.
- Flying small drones:
A model aircraft of 2 kg without any payload, if flown below 200 ft inside closed premises, then no permission is required.
- Educational Institutions:
Institutes don’t have to apply for a unique identification number or UIN. Aeromodellers and recreational flyers under this category will be fully responsible for the operation, safety, and security of a drone. However, they will have to inform the local police before undertaking such activities even for indoor operation.
- Operating an autonomous aircraft without any permission or UIN is now prohibited
- Flying without prior approval over densely populated or areas which affect public safety is prohibited
- Flying within 50 km of international border
- Flying beyond 500 Meters into the Sea
- Flying near strategic locations
- You cannot fly a drone from a mobile platform such as a moving vehicle, ship or aircraft
*Originally posted on Robocraze
The Industrial Requirements are very different from what the Engineers are being trained for in their four years at College. This is one of the main reasons why Students experience trouble in bagging good placement offers – The theoretical knowledge and the practical implementation are poles apart. To make the graduating engineers more employable as per the current industry trends, Students need an intensive training program.
The Project that students are supposed to submit in their Final Semester is the best chance for them to ‘Research and Develop’ something that they’ve been hoping for, but never got a chance to! Students should NOT choose their projects based on their knowledge; but rather mould their knowledge according to the needs of their Project. This shall be a ‘Showcase Project’ on your Resume (and trust me, it works wonders).
We highly encourage Students to work and develop their own projects, and not getting it done through a ‘Vendor’. We appreciate Students who THINK-out-of-the-box, INNOVATE-their ideas, and FABRICATE-their solutions. Well, that’s what we are all about – TIF! (Here, I speak on behalf of all recruiters from the Leading Industries and Companies).
Keep Hustling! Keep Making!
TIF Labs congratulates the Central Government for taking the great initiative of ‘ATAL Tinkering Lab’ (ATL) and promises to support in every way possible. The tinkering campaign has started under the Atal Innovation Mission by Niti Aayog, with the motto of making education reach everyone.
Since the last few decades, our education system has seen a paradigm shift. Today, we need an approach that inculcates Hands on Methodology in the current education scenario. ATL lab would teach students essential 21st-century skills which will help them in developing their professional and personal skills. Skilled India is the need of the hour and each step taken towards this dream is welcomed.
ATL aims at helping young minds learn latest technologies and provide them with a platform to try their hands-on it. This will not only inculcate skills, creativity and imagination, but also teach them how to apply the concepts they’ve been learning in books.
Tools and equipment will be provided to the students for practical exposure to STEAM (Acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Various DIY kits, sensors, micro-controller boards and 3D printers shall also be available for the students.
Our e-commerce store www.robocraze.com has more than 1000 varieties of tools and components available. We also have customized DIY kits and prototyping boards which will help you get started with ‘making’ without the hassles of complicated design and connections. We also organize workshops, training and seminars for enthusiastic minds. We have our learning centers in two cities: Hyderabad and Bangalore. For customised courses, please drop us a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
On the occassion of Children’s Day, TIF Labs (Robocraze) organized a fun RoboSoccer competition at their centre in Attapur. The kids were taught how to build a Remote Controlled two-wheeled drive robot on the 13th of November, Sunday. They were then given a day to convert their two-wheeled drive into innovative RoboSoccer Bots. Results = AWESOME!!!
A very intense competition was observed on Monday as the kids entered with a zeal of enthusiasm and fierce robots! The rules of the game were pretty simple – Goal the Ball. But, RoboSoccer sometimes turned into RoboWars as the kids decided to fight off the bot rather than to goal the ball! *giggles*
The kids thoroughly enjoyed the event and the prizes on display kept their enthusiasm buzzing! One of the participants, Vijay Kaushik CD, took over to being a commentator and brought another level of fun to the game!
Congratulations to all the participants and the three winners:
1. M Sai Navtej
2. Sangishetty Shiva Dhanush
3. Krishna Agarwal
TIF Labs (Robocraze) organizes Robotics and IOT events on a regular basis at their centre in Attapur. They witness participants of all age groups attend the event. A few times, kids below 10 and adults above 65 have been seen attending the same classes. The instructors are adaptive and explain the concepts with hands-on experiments that keep people of all age groups entertained.