Government accepts comments on the Draft National Air Sports Policy, 2022; make sport affordable, accessible and sustainable for all

India certainly has the potential to be among the leading countries in the world of aerial sports. It has an emerging culture for adventure sports and aviation. Even outside of direct revenue from air sports activities, the multiplier benefits in terms of growth in travel, tourism, infrastructure and local employment, especially in the hilly regions of the country, are many times greater. The establishment of air sports centers across the country will certainly even attract air sports professionals and tourists from all over the world.

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The Indian government plans to encourage the air sports sector in the country, making it safe, affordable, accessible, enjoyable and sustainable. Sketch National Air Sports Policy (NASP 2022) is a step in this direction. It has been written based on input received from policy makers, air sports practitioners and the general public. This is a living document and should be amended from time to time.

To better understand the intricacies of the bill, The Policy Times brings you an illustrative analysis of the policy ahead and puts the big picture into perspective to determine what lies ahead.

Policy objectives

The main objectives of NASP 2022 are:

  1. Promote a culture of aerial sports in the country,
  2. Adopt international best practices in safety, including but not limited to air sports infrastructure, equipment, operations, maintenance and training,
  • Developing India as a preferred global hub for air sports,
  1. Develop a simple, user-friendly and efficient governance structure,
  2. Improve the participation and success of Indian sportsmen in global air sports events,
  3. To promote the design, development and manufacture of air sports equipment in India in accordance with “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan”,

Air Sports Coverage

NASP 200 coverage will include the following air sports:

  • Aerial acrobatics
  • Aeromodelling
  • Amateur-built and experimental aircraft
  • hot air balloon
  • Drone
  • Slippage
  • Hang-gliding and paragliding
  • Micro lighting and paramotor
  • Skydiving
  • vintage planes

Flight authorizations under NASP 2022

  1. According to Drone Rules, 2021 notified on August 25, 2021, an airspace map of India was published on the DGCA’s DigitalSky platform (https://digitalsky.dgca.gov.in). The map separates the entire airspace of India into red zone, yellow zone and green zone.
  2. Aerial sports enthusiasts can rely on this easily accessible map for guidance. Operating in the red and yellow zones requires permission from the central government and the relevant air traffic control authority respectively. The operation in the green zones of aircraft with a total mass less than or equal to 500 kg does not require any authorization.
  • Airspace beyond 400 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) in green areas is yellow by default. Since most air sports involve operating at heights above 400 feet AGL, clearance from the relevant air traffic control authority is required.
  1. For air sports centered around a fixed location – for example, Bir-Billing in Himachal Pradesh, Gangtok in Sikkim, Hadapsar in Maharashtra or Vagamon in Kerala – said location may be declared as a “control area” for aerial sports. Airspace may be clearly marked by the relevant Air Sports Association with the necessary clearances from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Ministry of Defense (MoD), State Government and Authority local air traffic control. This will allow air sports enthusiasts to fly hassle-free within these control zones without creating a risk to national security or the safety of other manned aircraft.

Feedback/comments needed

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has released a draft National Air Sports Policy (NASP) for public comment. The draft policy is available on the Ministry’s website and can even be consulted via the link: https://www.civilaviation.gov.in/sites/default/files/Draft-NASP-2022.pdf.

Opinions, comments and suggestions on the Draft Policy should be mailed with subject “Feedback on Draft NASP 2022” addressed to Shri SP Singh at [email protected]sent by 5:00 p.m. on the 31stst January 2022.

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Government accepts comments on the Draft National Air Sports Policy, 2022; make sport affordable, accessible and sustainable for all

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The establishment of air sports centers across the country will certainly even attract air sports professionals and tourists from all over the world.

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