Aerial Shots: DGCA Grants Permission To BCCI For Use Of Drones In Cricket

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The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday granted conditional exemption to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the deployment of drones for live aerial cinematography of the India Cricket Season in 2021.

MoCA had received requests from BCCI and M/s Quidich pertaining to granting of request and other correspondences regarding permission to use Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) for live aerial filming  through BuggyQam, CopterQam and Spatio adding a different dynamism to the broadcast.


Amber Dubey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation said, “The drone ecosystem is evolving rapidly in our country. Its utilisation is expanding from agriculture, mining, healthcare and disaster management to sports and entertainment. The granting of this permission is in line with the objectives of the Government of India to promote the commercial use of drones in the country.”

Mr. Dubey added that the Drone Rules 2021 are in the final stages of discussion with the law ministry. “We are hoping to receive the approvals by March 2021,” he said.

DGCA Exemption till December

The conditional exemption from the DGCA is valid till December 31, 2021 from the date of issue of the letter or until the full operationalization of Digital Sky Platform (Phase-1), whichever is earlier.

This DGCA exemption shall be valid only if all conditions and limitations as stated below are strictly adhered to. In case of violation of any condition, this exemption shall become null and void.

Conditions and limitations to the BCCI and M/s Qujdich by the DGCA is for using Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) for live Aerial Filming during cricket season 2021.

M/s Quidich on their website that they worked to identify gaps in the broadcast and film industry to introduce new and innovative technology, which helps customers enhance the storytelling of the production.

“Leveraging our passion towards sport and pushing boundaries with constant innovation, excellence and creativity; we focus on building long-lasting relationships with our customers,” a note on the website said.

For the IPL 2020, M/s Quidich used drone shots for the best angle. To view a good firework display they used this opportunity to deliver an unforgettable experience for the viewers. With no pyrotechnics at the stadium, Augmented Reality on the Drone through its Spatio technology, allowed the viewer to celebrate the winning moment for the team they supported.

M/s Quidich through its website claims over 5000 hours of operations, and standard operating procedures that allow for a zero failure rate, giving customers a stress free experience. The company said it uses regulatory compliant drones in the weight range – 1kg to 25kgs, speed of up to 90 kmph, flight time – up to 30 mins, HQ HD downlink for broadcast.


The DGCA recently approved the Union Agriculture Ministry’s proposal to allow the use of drones to capture images in 100 rice and wheat growing districts to assess crop yields at gram panchayat level.


Last year, the DGCA approved permissions for high definition aerial mapping of villages in India using drones. The mapping got DGCA permission for the purpose under the SVAMITVA scheme of Ministry of Panchayati Raj which stands for ‘Survey of villages and mapping with improvised technology in village areas’. The target is to map India’s over 6.6 lakh villages by December 2024.


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