Govt accepting feedback on Draft National Air Sports Policy, 2022; making the sports affordable, accessible, and sustainable for all

The creation of air sports hubs across the nation will certainly even bring in air sports professionals and tourists from across the world.

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Govt accepting feedback on Draft National Air Sports Policy, 2022; making the sports affordable, accessible, and sustainable for all

India certainly has the potential to be among the leading countries in the world of air sports. It has an emerging culture for adventure sports and aviation. Even other than the revenue direct from air sports activities, the multiplier benefits in terms of growth of travel, tourism, infrastructure, and local employment, especially in hilly regions of the nation, are many times greater. The creation of air sports hubs across the nation will certainly even bring in air sports professionals and tourists from across the world.

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The Government of India plans to encourage the country’s air sports sector, by way of making it safe, affordable, accessible, enjoyable, and sustainable. The draft National Air Sports Policy (NASP 2022) is a step in this direction. It has been drafted based on the inputs received from policymakers, air sports practitioners, and the public at large. It is a growing document and shall be modified from time to time.

To further understand the intricacies of the draft bill, The Policy Times presents to you an illustrative analysis of the upcoming policy and puts into perspective a bigger picture to determine what lies ahead.

Objectives of the policy

The main objectives of NASP 2022 are as follows:

  1. Promote an air sports culture in the country,
  2. Adopt international best practices in safety including but not limited to, air sports infrastructure, equipment, operations, maintenance, and training,
  • Develop India as a preferred global hub for air sports,
  1. Develop a simple, stakeholder-friendly, and effective governance structure,
  2. Enhance participation and success of Indian sportspersons in global air sports events,
  3. Promote design, development, and manufacturing of air sports equipment in India in line with the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’,

Coverage of air sports

The coverage of NASP 200 will consist of the following air sports:

  • Aerobatics
  • Aeromodelling
  • Amateur-built and experimental aircraft
  • Ballooning
  • Drones
  • Gliding
  • Hang gliding and paragliding
  • Micro lighting and paramotoring
  • Skydiving
  • Vintage aircraft

Permissions for flight under NASP 2022

  1. As per the Drone Rules, 2021 notified on 25th August 2021, an airspace map of India has been published on DGCA’s DigitalSky Platform (https://digitalsky.dgca.gov.in). The map segregates the entire airspace of India into the red zone, yellow zone, and green zone.
  2. Air sports practitioners may rely on this easily accessible map for guidance. Operation in red and yellow zones requires permission from Central Government and the concerned Air Traffic Control authority respectively. Operation in green zones for aircraft with all-up weight up to 500 kg does not require any permission.
  • The airspace beyond 400 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) in green zones is default yellow. Since most air sports involve operating at heights above 400 feet AGL, permission from the concerned Air Traffic Control authority shall be mandatory.
  1. For air sports centered around a fixed location – for instance, Bir-Billing in Himachal Pradesh, Gangtok in Sikkim, Hadapsar in Maharashtra, or Vagamon in Kerala – the said location can be declared as a ‘Control zone’ for air sports. The airspace can be clearly marked by the concerned air sports association with necessary permissions from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Ministry of Defence (MoD), State Government, and the local Air Traffic Control authority. This will enable hassle-free flying by air sports enthusiasts in such control zones without creating any risk to national security or the safety of other manned aircraft.

Feedback/comments needed

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

Views, comments, and suggestions on the draft policy should be sent via mail with the subject “Feedback on Draft NASP 2022” addressed to Shri SP Singh at [email protected]sent by 17:00 hrs on 31st January 2022.

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