Ministry of Civil Aviation publishes draft policy for public feedback

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has released the draft National Air Sports Policy (NASP) for public comment. The draft policy is available on the ministry’s website.

“India has the potential to be among the leading nations in the world of air sports. The country has a vast geographic expanse, diverse topography and favorable weather conditions, as well as a large population, especially young people. In addition, India has a growing culture of adventure sports and aviation, ”said the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

He estimated that in addition to the direct income from air sports activities, the multiplier benefits in terms of growth in travel, tourism, infrastructure and local employment, especially in the hilly areas of the country, are several times greater. important.

According to the government, the creation of air sports hubs across the country will also attract international air sports professionals and tourists.

“The Indian government therefore plans to promote the country’s air sports sector, making it safe, affordable, accessible, enjoyable and sustainable,” the ministry added.

To achieve this goal of making India a hub for air sports, systems and processes need to be simplified and made more transparent; the emphasis on quality, safety and security must be reinforced; and investments in infrastructure, technology, training and awareness should be facilitated.

The ministry said the draft National Air Sports Policy (NASP 2022) was drafted based on input received from policy makers, air sports practitioners and the general public. He called the draft policy a living document and will be amended from time to time.

Highlights of the Draft National Air Sports Policy

NASP 2022 covers sports such as aerobatics, model aircraft, hobbyist and experimental aircraft, hot air ballooning, drones, gliding, hang gliding and paragliding; micro lighting and paramotor; parachuting and vintage planes.

An Indian Air Sports Federation (ASFI) will be established as the supreme governing body. The associations for each air sport will manage the daily activities, for example the Indian Paragliding Association or the Indian Parachuting Association etc.

In addition to plans to promote the domestic design, development and manufacture of air sports equipment, the policy also provides for allowing the import of air sports equipment without any import duty for a number of years. years.

In addition, NASP 2022 envisions the inclusion of air sports in the curriculum of schools, colleges and universities.

According to the draft policy, an airspace map of India has been posted on the DGCA’s DigitalSky platform. The map separates the entire airspace of India into red zone, yellow zone and green zone. Air sports practitioners can rely on this easily accessible map for guidance, notes the draft policy.

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