Centre grants permission to BCCI to use drones for live aerial filming of matches, issues guidelines


MoCA had obtained requests from BCCI & M/s Quidich pertaining to granting of request and different correspondences relating to permission to use Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) for live aerial filming.

Shri Amber Dubey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation mentioned, “The drone ecosystem is evolving quickly in our nation. Its utilization is increasing from agriculture, mining, healthcare and catastrophe administration to sports activities and leisure. The granting of this permission is consistent with the targets of the Government of India to promote the industrial use of drones within the nation.”

“The Drone Rules 2021 are within the ultimate phases of dialogue with the legislation ministry. We are hoping to obtain the approvals by March 2021″, he added.

The conditional exemption is legitimate until thirty first December 2021 from the date of challenge of the letter or till the complete operationalization of Digital Sky Platform (Phase-1), whichever is earlier. This exemption shall be legitimate provided that all situations and limitations as acknowledged under are strictly adhered to. In case of violation of any situation, this exemption shall turn into null and void.

Conditions and limitations to the BCCI and M/s Qujdich for utilizing Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) for live Aerial Filming throughout cricket season 2021:

This exemption to the BCCI from the paragraphs 5.2(b), 5.3, 6, 7, 8.4, 9.2, 11 (d), 11.2 (a), 12.3(a), 12.4 and 12.5 of CAR Section 3, Series X, Part I is topic to exemption from Rule 15A of the Aircraft Rules, 1937 by Ministry of Civil Aviation.

The BCCI shall receive needed clearances from (a) Local Administration (b) Ministry of Defence (c) Ministry of Home Affairs (d) Air Defence Clearance from Indian Air Force and (e) Airport Authority of India (AAI) [as applicable] prior to operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS).

M/s Quidich engaged by BCCI as RPAS operator shall solely function the RPAS fashions specified within the authorised Standard Operating procedures (SOP) Doc No QIUSOP/2021/01 Rev 0 dated eighth January 2021. The operations of the RPAS having legitimate Drone Acknowledgement Number (DAN) [specified in the SOP] shall be operated as per the above-mentioned SOP within the space specified therein. Any change within the authorised SOP for e.g. Change in procedures or RPAS or use case or personnel or space specified within the authorised SOP shall be included within the SOP and submitted to DGCA for approval.

BCCI shall be sure that solely educated I skilled bona fide personnel operates the RPAS as per the authorised SOP. Subsequently, the RPAS operator shall be sure that distant flight crew are educated by means of authorised FTOs/ RPTOs.

The RPAS Operator shall be sure that the RPAS is in working situation and maintained as talked about within the authorised SOP and shall be accountable for any eventualities due to malfunction I disorientation of gear.

The RPAS Operator shall preserve the information of every RPA flight and make such information out there to the DGCA on demand.

BCCI shall take needed permission relating to Aerial Photography from Directorate of Regulations & Information, DGCA or Ministry of Defence (as relevant). The pictures/video graphs, taken by means of RPAS shall be utilized by BCCI solely. BCCI shall be accountable for security and safety of RPAS and information collected by means of RPAS.

The Operator shall be sure that the RPAS are made NPNT compliant [certified by QCI) as soon as the digital sky platform is made operational.

BCCI shall ensure that each RPAS operated by Quidich has fire resistant identification plate inscribed legibly with OAN, DAN and Model No. of the RPAS.

The operation of RPAS shall be restricted to daylight or well-lit conditions (above 2000 lux), within Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) in uncontrolled airspace only and upto height of 200 ft (AGL) max only.

RPAS shall not be operated in the vicinity of airport as per the provisions of the CAR. If required to operate near the airport/ in controlled airspace, approval from Airports Authority of India (AAI) shall be taken in advance regarding time and area of operations of RPAS.

BCCI shall ensure that no items are discharged or dropped during flight of the RPAS. The BCCI shall also ensure that hazardous material or variable payload are not carried in I using the RPA under any circumstances.

BCCI shall ensure that uninvolved persons are not allowed within the operation area [including Ground Control Station] and guarantee security situations specified within the authorised SOP and on this letter are adhered to.

BCCI shall guarantee security, safety, and privateness of public, property, operator and many others. Further, in case of any eventuality, DGCA shall not be held accountable.

The operator shall make sure the RPAS will not be flown in a fashion to trigger hazard to any particular person or property. In case of any damage to any particular person due to bodily contact with the gear, The Operator and BCCI shall be accountable for medico-legal issues. The BCCI shall make sure the insurance coverage coverage stays legitimate and of enough degree to cowl any harm to third get together ensuing from accident I incident occurred in the course of the operation of RPAS.

The operator shall not function the RPAS in no-fly zones laid out in Para 13.1 of the CAR Section 3, Series X, Part I with out the approval of involved Ministries/ authorities.

The BCCI and Quidich shall indemnify DGCA from any authorized instances or every other issues arising due to these operations.

This letter shall not override different restrictions I SOP on Remotely Piloted Aircraft System framed by different Government Agencies or any byelaws.

In case of incident/accident throughout at any section of the operations, the operator shall generate a report with full particulars to Air Safety Directorate of DGCA inside 24 hours of such occasion.

The operator shall intimate the schedule of operation [location and date of operation] to DGCA [as and when available] properly upfront for conducting security oversight. In this regard, BCCI shall guarantee entry to DGCA are supplied to carry out this operate.

In case of violation of provision specified within the above talked about CAR and the situations & limitations specified on this letter; the permission issued will turn into null and void and enforcement motion as per Para 18 of the above talked about CAR can be initiated.

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