India to take first step towards allowing drones beyond visual Line of sight

India: India’s civil aviation authority,the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will soon roll out its first plan for drone operations “beyond visual line of sight” (BVLOS). According to a report in the Times of India, drone operators may soon be able to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) beyond the line of sight.

Once this plan is implemented, drones could be used for deliveries, e-commerce and also as air-taxis with no security restrictions. 

To take this initiative further, DGCA has invited expressions of interest (EOI) from experts to conduct experiments beyond the visual line of sight.

According to the news report, in a note, Joint Director General G Rajasekar has said that the scope of this operation includes unmanned aircraft system, traffic management system, weather data and surveillance from the civil aviation authority.

 The note adds that “experimental BVLOS operations followed by submission of PoC should be completed before DGCA issues

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