If you are wondering how to get drone in India, you should know that buying and using a drone in India is a bit complicated, coming with some requirements and legal obstacles thar you will have to deal with in order to finally be able to launch your device in the air. Here are some aspects you will have to consider when deciding to get a drone in India.

How to get drone in India?

It may sound strange, but while using drones in India is illegal, you can buy them in the country's shops. You are allowed to buy only from stores located in India. Any attempt to order a drone from abroad will fail, as drones are included in the list of prohibited goods for import. This is a security measure where government tries to impede drones of foreign make to enter the country since they may be equipped with data collecting and spying systems that are a threat for state's security.

This is why, the only way you can get a drone is by ordering it online on an Indian-based store. While for a long period of time, government allowed only state institutions to fly drones, it started recently tolerating commercial maneuvers and leisure flights. However, you will have to comply with some strict requirements to obtain finally the permission.

The price for a drone in India ranges from Rs 2000 to Rs 50,000. While by 2020, you don't have to pay any extra money at the time of buying the drone, the government plans to introduce a new fee in the next years. It will be actually the price of the outright registration of the drone at the moment of purchasing and of the unique identification number. This measure is included in the general set of regulations issued by the Indian government in 2019 regarding the use of commercial and personal drones.

What laws there are for flying the drone in the Indian airspace?

Well, before having to register your drone at the time of buying, you are allowed to buy the drone whenever you want and register it whenever you feel the need, by 2020. You are required to register your drone only if it exceeds the weight of 250g. The authority that you need to register the aircraft with is Directory General of Civil Aviation. Upon registration, you will get two certificates.

The first one is the unique identification number that you will have to apply on the drone. This number is like car's license plate that helps identify the drone faster in case of a violation of law. The second certificate is an operator permit that allows you to fly a drone. This is similar to a driver's license allowing you to pilot how many drones you want.

The government requires drones to have a GPS tracker built in that is activated throughout the entire flight. This allows to transmit the flight data from the drone to the DGCA database. If your tracker is turned off, the aviation authority might consider it a threat. In this regard, you are always recommended to make sure that the GPS is activated before the aircraft takes off.

Now that you've got needed certificates from Directory General of Civil Aviation, your collaboration with this institution is not over. You will have to announce them about each your flight in advance, by specifying the place and the time of the maneuvers as well as the purpose of your flight. Moreover, DGCA has a piloting programme that teaches beginners flying a drone and getting known with the Indian drone use regulations. So, if you are not sure about your piloting skills, feel are free to attend the course and reduce, thus, the risk of crashes.   

Also, you are forbidden to fly near airports and near crowded places, such as: schools, hospitals, supermarkets, squares and so on. You have to keep the drone in your sight, which is generally 450 meters in favorable weather conditions. Another important rule is to fly the drone only during daylight hours. If you try to launch the aircraft during night hours, even if you have an identification light, you will be made to pay a fine, and even be deprived of your drone. If you follow all these rules, flying a drone in India will be a pleasure.