Ministry of Civil Aviation permits 20 entities to conduct experimental drone flightsThe Ministry of Civil Aviation has granted conditional exemption from Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Rules 2021 to 20 entities to conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) experimental flights of drones.

The preliminary permission grant is envisioned to assist the supplementary framework development of subsequent UAS rules pertaining to Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations.

BVLOS trials will help create a framework for future drone deliveries and other major applications using drones.

The Central government had constituted the ‘BVLOS Experiment Assessment and Monitoring (BEAM) Committee’ to invite expression of interest (EoI) to undertake BVLOS experimental flights of drones.

An EoI notice was issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for the aforementioned purpose. The BEAM Committee evaluated the 34 EOls received and selected 20 consortia (selected consortia) for the experimental flights.

These exemptions are subject to complete adherence to the requirements stated in the said EoI notice and the directions/exemptions issued (or to be issued in future) by the BEAM Committee. This conditional exemption will be valid for a period of one year, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

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