Drone Ports to boost Healthcare Infrastructure
Drones may soon be able to beat Indian cities’ notorious traffic and ensure speedy transportation of organs between hospitals, a possibility without creating green corridors or special road routes. The authorities concerned, have started registration of drones and now are looking at creating “drone ports” in hospitals. The required licenses will be issued shortly to accord drones a legal status in India. It is being worked out on the next step of recently announced drone policy where flying drones are allowed beyond line of sight (enabling operators to fly drones without having them in sight) in certain areas.
One of the main areas being considered for this application is having designated air corridors between big hospitals. Drone ports in hospitals can allow quick transportation of harvested organs to recipients under the Drone 2.0 policy. The draft civil aviation requirement for the same will be issued for consultation at a Global Aviation Summit India which is being hosted in Mumbai in 1 month. Special digital airspace will be created for use of drones. In the next phase, big changes are likely in the drone policy by allowing one pilot to operate multiple drones to allow things like using drones to deliver things in some areas. A white paper on this will be issued shortly.
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