Draft air sports policy: Gliding, parachuting, other underlying

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has released a Draft National Air Sports Policy (NASP) to take advantage of India’s potential for air sports, given its vast geographic expanse, diverse topography and conditions favorable weather.

The NASP 2022 project covers sports such as aerobatics, model aircraft, hot air ballooning, drones, gliding, hang gliding, paragliding and parachuting.

An Indian Air Sports Federation (ASFI) will be established as the supreme governing body, according to the NASP draft.

The associations of each air sport will take care of the daily activities. For example, the Paragliding Association of India will manage sports in its field.

Air sports associations will be accountable to ASFI for regulatory oversight and providing safe, affordable, accessible, enjoyable and sustainable conduct of their respective air sports, the draft policy says.

ASFI will represent India at the International Aeronautical Federation (FAI) and other global platforms related to air sports, he noted. The FAI, headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, is the global governing body for air sports.

All competitions in India will be conducted according to guidelines established by the FAI, the NASP project noted.

According to the ministry, the new initiative will facilitate greater participation and success of Indians in world air sport events. Schools, colleges and universities will be encouraged to include air sports in their curriculum, he noted.

Domestic design, development and manufacture of air sports equipment will be promoted in accordance with Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan, he said. Failure to enforce safety standards by an air sports association could result in criminal proceedings by ASFI against that association, including financial penalties, suspension or termination, he noted.

With PTI inputs

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