Last Updated: May 5, 2021, 1950 hrs 

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has granted conditional exemption from Unmanned Aircraft System {UAS) Rules, 2021 to 20 entities to conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) experimental flights of drones, the Ministry said in a release.

BVLOS trials will help create a framework for future drone deliveries and other major applications using drones.

The preliminary permission grant is envisioned to assist the supplementary framework development of subsequent UAV rules pertaining to Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone operations, the release added.

‘BVLOS Experiment Assessment and Monitoring (BEAM) Committee’ was constituted by central government to invite Expression of Interest (EOI) to undertake BVLOS experimental flights of drones. An EOI notice was issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for the purpose. The BEAM Committee evaluated the 34 EOls received and selected 20 consortia for the experimental flights.

As per the ministry These exemptions are subject to complete adherence to the requirements stated in the said EOI notice and the directions/ exemptions issued (or to be issued in the future) by the BEAM Committee. This conditional exemption shall be valid for a period of one year, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

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