RPAS 2020 – India

The Indian Institute of Drones (IID), International Foundation for Aviation, Aerospace & Drones (IFFAAD) and India International Center (IIC) had organized a National Conference by the name of RPAS 2020 – Impact of Drone Regulations on Indigenous Drone Industry, on 30th January 2020 at India International Center, New Delhi.

Welcome address for this conference was presented by Air Marshal Naresh Verma AVSM VSM – Director General – IFFAAD, Opening address was presented by Dr. Sanat Kaul – Chairman – IFFAAD, Keynote Address was presented by Shri Amber Dubey – Joint Secretary – Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Chief Guest for the conference was Dr. Rajeev Kumar – Vice Chairman – NITI Aayog.

The Speakers at this conference were Lt. Cdr John Livingstone – Founder & Executive Director – Indian Institute of Drones & Founder CEO – Johnnette Technologies who spoke on the topic “Impact of Civil Aviation Requirements on Drone Management & Operations in India.

Air Commodore JC Goyal – Director Aeronautics India – Lockheed Martin who spoke on “Drone
Regulations by DGCA”

Lt General BS Pawar AVSM – President – Rotary Wing Society of India who spoke on “Effect of Drone Regulations on Indian Drone Economy”

Group Captain Sanjeev Bedi – Vice President MRO & Defence Business – Bird Group who spoke on the topic “Effective Counter Drone Technologies”

Shri Krishnendu Gupta – Director – Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Academy who spoke on “Importance of Training for RPAS Pilots”

Group Captain RK Narang – Ex Center for Air Power Studies (Indian Air Force) who spoke on the topic “Global Comparative observations of Regulations”

Shri Dilip Kumar – Joint General Manager – Airports Authority of India who spoke on the topic “Airspace Management”

Dr Prashant Kandu – CEO – Centre for Creativity and Innovations spoke on the topic “Challenges faced during Drone registrations” and a Panel Discussion on “Effect of Global Regulations on Import & Export of Drones” which comprised of esteemed panelists from the drone industry like Shri Mitul Arora – Policy Lead – DJI India Rep, Shri Dilip Kumar – Joint General Manager – Airports Authority of India, Praveen Kumar Pandit – Documentary Film Maker – One Twenty Frames Productions & Lt Cdr John Livingstone who was the moderator for this Panel Discussion.

There were more than 150 Individuals from the drone industry who took part in an engaging discussion with all speakers especially with Shri Amber Dubey – Joint Secretary – Ministry of Civil Aviation who after taking office has done a phenomenal work of getting the industry organized together and successfully managed the enlistment of unregistered drones with the ministry of civil aviation.

Dr. Rajeev Kumar – Vice President –NITI Aayog addressed the conference and emphasized the importance of the Drone ecosystem and how this will be pivotal in the growth of the Indian Economy. With drastic developments in the commercial and Defence uses of drones, India is set to become the Drone hub of the world in near future provided the government and private stakeholders work hand in hand.