Garuda Aerospace receives medium class RPTO authorization from DGCA

Garuda Aerospace receives medium class RPTO authorization from DGCA


New Delhi | Drone company Garuda Aerospace has received authorization for RPTO (Remote Pilot Training Organization) from DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) for Small and Medium Class drones.

This authorization from DGCA positions Garuda Aerospace as the only drone company in India to have a dual certification for training and manufacturing of small and medium class drones, as per it. The combined authorization for manufacturing and pilot training for small and medium size drones enables Garuda Aerospace to accelerate its training and manufacturing capabilities, thus supporting the company’s efforts in the adoption of drones and allied technology.

The DGCA authorization allows Garuda Aerospace to strengthen its support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visionary ‘Namo Drone Didi’ initiative that aims to empower 15,000 women Self Help Groups (SHGs) with agricultural drones. The authorization also enables Garuda Aerospace to achieve its target of training one lakh youth across India to become drone pilots.

Moreover, certification supports the company’s DE&I initiative, Equality Drone Training Program that empowers persons with disabilities.

Its range of small and medium drones are designed for diverse applications. While small class drones are ideal for surveillance and monitoring, photography, etc., medium drones excel in applications spanning agricultural mapping, spraying, infrastructure inspection, delivery and load carrying services, emergency response among others.

Garuda Aerospace’s Founder and CEO, Agnishwar Jayaprakash, said, “At Garuda Aerospace, we strive for excellence and this dual certification by DGCA for training and manufacturing of small and medium drones is a testament to our efforts and the vision we have for our company and our country. We are humbled by this authorization and extend our thanks to DGCA. We firmly believe that drones have the power to support and transform numerous sectors. While the benefits of drones and drone technology are being realized gradually, these certifications from DGCA and the support and confidence from the government are paving the way for the steadfast adoption of drones in India. We are confident that these combined efforts will position India as a hub in the global market.”

Extending support various initiatives, it recently deployed over 1000 drones for demonstrations as a part of the Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra. The company had previously received its Type Certificate and RPTO Authorization from DGCA for its Garuda Kisan Drones.

The company also most recently received its second Type Certification from DGCA for medium class drones. Backed by former Indian Cricket team captain MS Dhoni as an investor, Garuda Aerospace has been at the helm of innovation in India’s drone ecosystem. Following the launch of the ‘Namo Drone Didi’ initiative, Garuda Aerospace announced its plans of expediting its Initial Public Offering (IPO).