Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Current Affairs - 2020

Quidich announced successful completion of India’s First NPNT Complaint Drone Flight

Mumbai based Quidich Innovation Labs Private Limited has announced that it has successfully completed the first No-Permission No-Takeoff (NPNT) compliant drone flight of India. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) identified the green field near Karnataka’s Tumkur were the first NPNT compliant drone flight of India was carried out.

The drone used for the flight is an Asteria Aerospace (Bengaluru based company) manufactured A200 micro drone. Back in October 2019, this A200 micro-drone was the first drone in India to be issued the Unique Identification Number (UIN) by the DGCA. U0000001 is the UIN of the A200 micro drone that has completed the first NPNT compliant drone flight of India.

The UIN- U0000001 A200 micro drone is owned by Quidich Innovation Labs Private Limited.

Background

For certified and compliant drone operations in India, the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation launched the Digital Sky Platform on 1st December 2018. Under the Digital Sky platform, regulations and policies for flying Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS- means drones) were announced, as per which Nano drones can fly in India without any registration in the Digital Sky Portal or UIN.

For Micro and above category drones, obtaining UIN was made compulsory for the operators and pilots of the drone. The UIN can be obtained after proper registration of the drone (details of manufacturer and operator) from the Digital Sky web portal of the DGCA.

Corona Virus: UGC reschedules exams; International airlines banned temporarily

On March 19, 2020, the University Grants Commission directed all the affiliated colleges and universities to postpone the ongoing examinations. The evaluation works have also been directed to be rescheduled.

The GoI has also ordered other bodies operating under Ministry of HRD such as AICTE, NIOS, NTA, NCTE and CBSE to reschedule their exams.

Highlights

With the number of persons infected with the COVID-19 virus, has increased to 173, the UGC has also instructed the school education boards such as CBSE to postpone the exams.

International Airlines

The Government of India has also banned the operation international commercial airlines in the country. The rule is to be implemented from March 22, 2020. This will ban foreigners from entering the country. The notification of the order was issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

Global concerns

The International Air Transport recently warned that if Corona Virus is not contained at the earliest, the outbreak is to cost 113 billion USD of revenue loss globally. Out of all the other industries, tourism takes an unprecedented hit.