Fees for drone pilot training courses will be reduced in 3-4 months, Aviation says

Fees for the drone pilot training course will be reduced in the next 3-4 months as the number of schools offering the course continues to grow, Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Tuesday. A farmer – during a virtual interaction with Scindia on drones – raised the issue of paying high fees for a drone pilot training course.

Scindia said, “You said the fee for the drone pilot course is quite high at present. You shouldn’t worry at all. ” In the past five months, the aviation regulator DGCA has certified 23 schools for training drone pilots, adding that “as the number of schools grows, the cost of training drone pilots will continue to decrease,” he said.

The minister gave an example of the price of mobile phones and how it has been declining in India over the years. ” Therefore, as the number of schools increases, so will the cost of training drone pilots. In the next 3-4 months, you will see that revolution as we continue to increase the number of these national schools, “said the Minister.

Scindia said the country needs more drone pilots and that is why their certification process has been completely decentralized. ” So, now, the DGCA will only certify drone schools, and it is the corresponding drone schools that will certify pilots. . We have completely removed the bureaucracy from this process, ”he said.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation earlier this month invited applications for the second round of the Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) project announced last year to encourage drone production in India. The results were announced on April 20, with Adani Group’s joint venture with Israeli firm Elbit, IdeaFarge Technology and 12 other drone companies being selected as beneficiaries.

On September 16, 2021, the Ministry announced a PLI scheme for drones and drone components with an allocation of Rs 120 crore for three financial years. Under the PLI scheme, incentives for manufacturers of drones and drone components will be 20 per cent. Of “value addition” made by the company over the next three years.

The value added is calculated as annual sales revenue from drones and drone components (GST net) and purchase of drones and drone components (net of GST).

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