Sunday, January 02, 2022

Aviation ministry issues draft National Air Sports Policy

The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Saturday issued a draft National Air Sports Policy (NASP) to leverage India's potential for air sports, given its large geographical expanse, diverse topography and fair weather conditions. The draft NASP 2022 covers sports such as aerobatics, aeromodelling, ballooning, drones, gliding, hang gliding, paragliding and skydiving.

An Air Sports Federation of India (ASFI) will be established as the apex governing body, according to the draft NASP.

Associations for each air sport will handle day-to-day activities. For instance, the Paragliding Association of India will manage sports within its ambit.

The air sports associations shall be accountable to ASFI with respect to the regulatory oversight and for providing safe, affordable, accessible, enjoyable and sustainable conduct of their respective air sport, the draft policy stated.

ASFI will represent India at Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and other global platforms related to air sports, it noted.

The 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 the FAI, the draft NASP noted.

According to the ministry, the new initiative will facilitate greater participation and success of Indians in global air sporting events.

02/01/22 PTI/Economic Times

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