The cost of training drone pilots will decrease over the next 3-4 months as the number of schools offering the course increases, Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Tuesday.
A farmer – during a virtual interaction with Scindia on drones – raised the issue of high fees for a drone pilot training course.
Scindia said: ‘You said the fees for a drone pilot course are currently quite high. You shouldn’t worry at all.’ Over the past five months, aviation regulator DGCA has certified 23 schools for training drone pilots, he added. “As the number of schools continues to increase, the cost of training drone pilots will continue to decrease,” he added. declared.
The Minister gave the example of the cost of mobile phone and how it has gradually come down over the years in India.
“Therefore, as the number of schools increases, the cost of training drone pilots will also decrease. In the next 3-4 months, you will also see this revolution as we continue to increase the number of these schools,” the Minister said.
Scindia said the country definitely needs more drone pilots and that’s why their certification process has been completely decentralized.
“So now the DGCA will only certify the drone schools, and it is the relevant drone school that will issue the certificates to the pilots. We have completely eliminated bureaucracy from this process,” he noted.
Earlier this month, the Civil Aviation Ministry had invited the second round of applications for the Production Linked Incentives (PLI) scheme announced last year to boost drone manufacturing in India. The first round of applications for this program was invited on March 10 and its results were announced on April 20, during which the Adani Group’s joint venture with Israeli company Elbit, IdeaForge Technology and 12 other drone companies were selected as beneficiaries.
The ministry had announced on September 16, 2021 the PLI program for drones and drone components with an allocation of Rs 120 crore spread over three fiscal years.
Under the PLI program, the incentive for a manufacturer of drones and drone components will be 20% of the “added value” achieved by the company over the next three years.
Value added is calculated as the annual revenue of drones and drone components (net of GST) minus the purchase cost (net of GST) of drones and drone components.
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