Draft National Air Sports Policy 2022

According to Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Gen. Dr. V K Singh, Government has prepared a draft National Air Sports Policy (NASP 2022) for promoting air sports in India.

Highlights

  • Government has received the feedback. It is examining the comments on draft National Air Sports Policy.
  • Under the policy, domestic design, development & manufacturing of air sports equipment will be promoted in line with Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.

About Draft National Air Sports Policy

  • The policy seeks to make India a global hub for air sports.
  • It will cover most of the air sports such as aerobatics, amateur-built & experimental aircraft, aeromodelling, drones, ballooning, gliding, paragliding micro-lighting & para- motoring skydiving, hang gliding and vintage aircraft.

Aim of the Policy

Policy seeks to make India as one of the top air sports nations by 2030. Its mission to provide a safe, accessible, affordable, enjoyable and sustainable air sports ecosystem in country. It seeks to leverage India’s huge potential for air sports because of its diverse topography, geographical expanse, and fair-weather conditions.

Air Sports Federation of India (ASFI)

Under the policy, ASFI will be established as the apex governing body.  It will handle day to day activities of associations for each air sport. For example, Skydiving Association of India, Paragliding Association of India, etc. Air Sports associations will be accountable to ASFI, for providing safe, affordable, accessible, enjoyable and sustainable conduct of their respective air sport. It will represent India at FAI and other international platforms related to air sports.

Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI)

FAI is the world governing body for air sports, headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland.  All competitions in India will be conducted in accordance with guidelines laid down by FAI.

Penal Action

ASFI will take penal action in form of financial penalties, dismissal or suspension, against air sports association, in case they are not able to enforce safety standards.

GST on Air Sports equipment

The government will ask the GST Council to consider rationalising GST rate on air sports equipment to 5% or less, in a bid to make air sports affordable to the common public.

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