EU-India Aviation Cluster

EU-India Aviation Cluster

UAS Regulatory Framework- opportunities and challenges for the drones industry


The use of drones, or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), in both the European Union and India, has increased significantly in recent years. Drone applications have already been utilized in security, rescue and surveillance operations, environmental monitoring, geospatial mapping, and are also being increasingly adapted to the logistics sector.

As the use and applications of drones grows, there is an increased need to define and implement an efficient regulatory framework for their use and safety. Investments, manufacturing and maintenance of UAS systems can be further enhanced by appropriately defining the regulatory regime based on an operation-centric, proportionate, risk- and performance-based approach with safety and security as the fundamentals pillars.

Some of the key elements of this regulatory framework can include: the classification of drones by end-use applications, the technical and operational requirements required for drones, the qualifications of drone operators, the internationalization of requisite standards to ensure interoperability, as well as regulations encompassing data protection, IP and radio spectrums.

The establishment of an open and flexible regulatory framework based on international best practices and on cooperation between policymakers and stakeholders from the aviation industry, can create a first-mover advantage for states, further catalyzing the development of this sector in their country.

The objectives of this workshop are:

  • Share knowledge and best practices on the drones regulatory framework among the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), EU member states, the Directorate of Civil Aviation of India (DGCA), the Ministry of Civil Aviation of India (MOCA), and relevant players from the drone industry of EU and India;
  • Share knowledge on the most recent updates to drone regulations;
  • Explore the opportunities and challenges in the drone sector in Europe and India;
  • Establish synergies between the European and Indian aviation industry and policymakers on standards and regulations on drones.

The workshop will see the participation of:

  • The Delegation of the European Union to India;
  • The Ministry of Civil Aviation of India;
  • The Directorate General of Civil Aviation of India;
  • The European Union Aviation Safety Agency;
  • Members of the EU-India Aviation Cluster;
  • Business Support Organizations;
  • Industry representatives.

In case of any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Atul Suri, Lead of the EU-India Aviation Cluster at:

Event Details
  • Start Date
    January 21, 2021 14:30
  • End Date
    January 21, 2021 17:00
  • Category
Get Involved

Get In Touch


If you want to be updated on the Indian market and policies in key sectors, activities, events, or business opportunities that might be of interest for you, please sign up.