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All You Need To Know About India’s Air Sport Policy

The Union Ministry of Civil Aviation on June 7 released a new policy on aviation in India. “This is an industry that is ready to be appointed but lacks, to date, drawings to move it forward,” said Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia. 

The Minister further added that the policy is aimed at ‘setting up a previously unregulated sector’ and could generate an annual revenue of Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 crore soon.

What Activities Are Classified As Air Sports?

The National Air Sport Policy (NASP), 2022, lists 11 games under this category. These include aerobatics, aero modeling and rocketry, balloon, provincial and test aircraft, drones, surfing and power gliding, hand surfing and power hand gliding, parachuting, paragliding, and paramotoring, dynamic planes, and rotating planes. In India, this small industry currently costs Rs 80 crore and has 5,000 employees according to the government.

Globally, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, is the governing body of air sports. It sets standards, organizes events, and has over 100 members.

What Does The National Air Sports Policy Suggests?

NASP, 2022, aims to create a framework that will help develop the country’s national air sports industry, in a way that makes it safe, affordable, accessible, enjoyable and sustainable. It includes safety precautions and penalties for violating those rules. Its vision is to make India one of the top sports countries in the air by 2030.

Mr Scindia said in his speech that the industry can produce 1 lakh jobs a year and provide 100 times the current income. The first draft of this policy came out on January 1, 2022, from a committee comprising military officers, members of the National Cadet Corps, and experts.

The policy states that the Air Sports Federation of India, an independent organization under the Department of Aviation, will be the governing body. It will oversee national sports federations, which will oversee regional and state levels.

What Impact Is The Policy Expected To Have?

The Union government believes that the distribution of Indian people, young people, and its favorable climates, can be improved to make India a top destination for aviation.

Tourism, the development of supportive infrastructure, and the production of sports equipment used for air sports can ultimately lead to repeated economic outcomes as per the Civil Aviation Minister.

“This will be a truly private sector-led program to ensure it grows in the years to come,” Mr Scindia said.

In view of the high risk associated with air sports, safety will be maintained by liaising with the Department of Flight Control and creating separate air venues in specific airstrips designed for air sports only.

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