According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, all the drone owners in the country will have to get their drones registered on the Digital Sky website at https://digitalsky.dgca.gov.in by January 31, 2020. As per the guidelines issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) which regulates the use of drones in the Indian Airspace, Drones and drones operators have to obtain Unique Identification Number (UIN), Unmanned Aircraft Operator Permit (UAOP) and other operational requirements.
“It was brought to the notice of the Government of India that such drones and drone operators are not complying with the CAR mentioned above. The conditions of No Permission-No Takeoff (NPNT) as envisaged in the aforesaid CAR are not mandatory for this purpose whereas if drones are operated without due permission, the aforesaid process of CAR is violated. The deadline to submit the required information to the Government is 31st January 2020,” said the ministry in a press release.
If you own a drone, you will have to upload your information and after that, you will receive an Ownership Acknowledgement Number (OAN). Using the OAN, you will have to upload the drone-related information and then you will receive a Drone Acknowledgement Number (DAN). Also, each drone will require fresh enlistment. If in case, you have multiple drones, you can use the same OAN to enlist all drones.
In order to get an OAN and DAN, documents like copy passport or Aadhaar card, high-quality photos of the drone in three different angles– front-view, top-view; and a close-up view of the manufacturer’s serial number will be required. “Each picture should have a physical measuring-scale placed adjacent to the drone in order to provide a reasonable approximation of its dimensions,” as per the rules.
You will also have to submit copies of any utility bill or bank statement, and educational qualification. In the case of firms, the PAN number of the organization and letter on official letterhead certifying appointment of authorized signatory are required.