Date : 03 Jan 2022
Draft ‘National Air Sports Policy’Tags :
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Ministry of Civil Aviation has released draft National Air Sports Policy (NASP) for public feedback.
- The draft National Air Sports Policy (NASP 2022) has been drafted on the basis of the inputs received from policy makers, air sports practitioners and public at large.
- It is an evolving document and will be modified from time to time.
The key features of the Draft National Air Sports Policy are:
- NASP 2022 covers sports like aerobatics, aeromodelling, amateur-built and experimental aircraft, ballooning, drones, etc.
- The vision is to make India one of the top air sports nations by 2030.
- NASP 2022 seeks to leverage India’s huge potential for air sports given its large geographical expanse, diverse topography and fair weather conditions.
- An Air Sports Federation of India (ASFI) will be established as the apex governing body.
- Associations for each air sport will handle day to day activities.
- The air sports associations shall be accountable to ASFI with respect to the regulatory oversight.
- ASFI shall represent India at FAI and other global platforms related to air sports.
- Domestic design, development and manufacturing of air sports equipment will be promoted in line with the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan.
- The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland is the world governing body for air sports. All competitions in India will be conducted as per the guidelines laid down by FAI.
- An airspace map of India has been published on DGCA’s DigitalSky Platform. The map segregates the entire airspace of India into red zone, yellow zone and green zone.
- 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.
- To make air sports affordable to the common public, the Government will request the GST Council to consider rationalising the GST rate on air sports equipment to 5% or less.
- Schools, colleges and universities will be encouraged to have air sports included in their curriculum.
- The Government will consider allowing import of air sports equipment without any import duty for a particular number of years.