Two Bangalore-based start-ups have become the first to have drones certified under India’s new policy for regulating drone use.
Skylark Drones and Throttle Aerospace Systems have been awarded certification after being judged to comply with the NP-NT (no permission, no take-off) protocol by the country’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
The policy, which has been named Digital Sky, came into effect on December 1 last year and is intended to facilitate the commercial usage of drones, lay down the operational rules for drones, and provide checks and balances for companies involved in drone applications.
It has been reported that up to half a dozen companies have so far applied for certification under the policy, with Skylark and Throttle the first to win approval.
Speaking about the certification, Skylark Drones’ COO & Co-founder, Mrinal Pai, said “We have seen the benefits of drone usage for enterprises first-hand, and are extremely proud to be at the forefront of developing and adopting the compliant-drone technology.
“We are glad to be one of the first companies to be compliant with Digital Sky. We look forward to seeing the impact of the compliance solution that we will be offering to Indian as well as foreign manufacturers, following the DGCA guidelines.”
He added: “We’re in talks with other drone manufacturers in China and the UK to use our solution to get their drones certified.
“They’ll still have to get their drones certified from the DGCA independently, but we can provide them with the NP-NT.”