Monday, October 10, 2022

Aviation ministry lines up 3 schemes to promote use of helicopters, smaller aircraft

The Centre on October 10 launched three schemes to promote the use of helicopters, smaller carriers, and electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft in India.

Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia launched a helicopter emergency medical service from AIIMS Rishikesh dubbed Project Sanjeevani while speaking at the India-Heli Summit in Srinagar.

The minister also launched Project Aakash, a trial service that will help aviation companies holding a Non-Scheduled Operator's Permit (NSOP) to navigate small planes and helicopters in India using the satellite navigation system GAGAN.

He also said that the government has come out with guidelines for fractional ownership of aircraft and helicopters in India to facilitate the movement of NSOP in India.

"As part of Project Sanjeevani, a helicopter will be available in AIIMS Rishikesh which will be used to recuse and provide emergency medical assistance to patients in a 150-km radius," Scindia said.

He added that learnings from Project Sanjeevani will also be used to come out with a nationwide National Helicopter Medical Plan in India.

The minister also highlighted the government's decision to come out with guidelines for fractional ownership of aircraft and helicopters will help lower the burden of helicopter and small aircraft ownership in India and is expected to help introduce new helicopter and small aircraft ownership in India.

The minister said that the government is also permitting single-engine helicopters to operate in India and apply for an NSOP.

He added that in order to increase the use of helicopters in India the government is also in talks to make it mandatory for all developers to include helipads as part of development plans for any new national highways.

10/10/22 Moneycontrol

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