<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Drone hobbyists in the country are not pleased, and if nine prestigious Mumbai-based schools, along with several other aeromodelling hobbyists, have their way, next week, they will meet with the aviation regulator — Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Home and Defense Ministry — to protest against the recently-proposed laws regarding flying of UAV/drones. They claim these proposals are arbitrary and will kill the sport.The latest civil aviation requirements (CAR) has put several restrictions on the usage of UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), which includes certain clauses that are applied for registration of commercial/military aircraft and its makes.”This will kill the sport of aeromodelling in the country,” said Umesh More, Head of Aeromodellers-Wester region and an aeromodelling enthusiast for 60 years.According to observers, aeromodelling as a sport/hobby has been prevalent for over half-a-century in India. “However, the recent induction of quadcopters and drones has introduced a new phase in the science of unmanned flights.This has also given rise to new perceptions regarding safety and surveillance,” More adds. He continued that the Indian government should follow the internationally prescribed practices instead of doing it arbitrarily without considering the aeromodellers.Additionally, local schools, clubs and other bodies whose members practice model flying should maintain a record of all pilots and their identities. Said Puneet Manaktala, an aeromodelling trainer at Bombay Scottish School, “Such bodies should be entrusted with the responsibility of following a disciplinary code conducive to safety and environment. Also, model aircraft flying should be free from age restrictions. Aeromodelling as a sport/hobby for educational or recreational purposes should be promoted and encouraged.”

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Aeromodellers want DGCA to amend rules