India has the first official drone training school

Johanna Koyser
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Great news for many drone enthusiasts in India! There is the first drone training school in the country approved by the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). This is an important step into the future of aviation. Since not only the private, but especially the commercial use of drones is becoming increasingly important. It is therefore all the more important that there are official training centers for drone pilots.

But where is the first official drone training school in India? It is a particularly historical location for the country’s aviation: the Bombay Flying Club in Mumbai. The club describes itself as the birthplace of Indian aviation. Since its foundation in 1928, it has been located on the Juhu Aerodrome. The latter is considered to be the first Indian civil airport, also founded in 1928, so it is not surprising that the DGCA gave this club the first license for drone pilot training. Training takes place in close cooperation with the local authorities, the Ministry of Defence, the Home Ministry, the Indian Air Force and the Airports Authority.

The demand for such training is great. On the one hand, the DGCA is increasingly tightening the regulations for the use of drones, and on the other hand, it is a job with a future. It is to be expected that the Bombay Flying Club won’t be the only drone training school for too long. Finally, India plans to allow the sale of drones only to persons or companies that have a permit from the DGCA.

Picture © Miguel Ángel Hernández

by Johanna Koyser

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