The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Saturday released a draft National Air Sports Policy 2022 (NASP) to promote the air sports sector. The policy aims to make the air sports sector safe, affordable, accessible, enjoyable and sustainable. The goal is to make India one of the best countries for air sports by 2030.
Air sports encompass various sporting activities involving the air environment. These include sports such as air racing, aerobatics, model aircraft, hang gliding, paragliding, paramotor and parachuting.
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, according to the draft policy.
India has the potential to be among the top nations in the air sports world. It is time for this to happen, said Amber Dubey, co-secretary of the Indian government, chair of the NASP editorial board.
What does NASP 2022 involve?
The NASP 2022 draft was prepared by a drafting committee made up of senior officials from the Center, the Indian Armed Forces, the Aero Club of India, the National Cadet Corps and air sports experts. It is placed in the public domain to receive suggestions (by January 31, 2022 at the latest) as India plans to release a NASP to promote the air sports industry.
The main objectives of the NASP 2022 will include the promotion of an air sports culture in the country; adopt international best practices in safety, including, but not limited to, air sports infrastructure, equipment, operations, maintenance and training; develop India as a privileged global hub for air sports and develop a simple, user-friendly and efficient governance structure. The plan is also to develop and manufacture air sports equipment in India in accordance with Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the draft policy says.
The draft document states that it is planned to have a two-level governance structure for air sports in India with the Air Sports Federation of India (ASFI) as the supreme governing body and associations for each air sport to manage daily activities such as the Paragliding Association. of India or the Parachuting Association of India.
ASFI will be an autonomous body under the Ministry of Civil Aviation and will represent India on FAI and other global platforms related to air sports. It will also provide governance for all aspects of air sports including, but not limited to, regulation, certification, competitions, awards and penalties.
The governments of the states and the territories of the Union will endeavor to develop the necessary infrastructures and to facilitate the promotion of air sports and tourism. This may include the development of new air sports centers, the construction of new runways or the repair of existing ones, the development of new launching and landing areas; and financial support for events and training, etc.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) The IOC is considering including air sports in sporting events approved by the IOC. All competitions in India will be conducted according to guidelines established by the Swiss-based International Aeronautical Federation, allowing air sports associations to track performance in accordance with global standards, according to the draft document.