National Air Sports Policy 2022: Important Features

The National Air Sport policy 2022 (NASP 2022) was launched by the Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M. Scindia. This policy was launched with the goal of making make India one of the top sports nations by the year 2030. This policy will be ensuring to provide affordable, safe, enjoyable, accessible, and sustainable air sports in the country.

What does this policy say about the four-tier governance structure?

Air sports in the country will be under a four-tier governance structure which will include:

  1. The Air Sports Federation of India (ASFI) will be the apex governing body. The ASFI will be an autonomous body that will be working under the Ministry of Civil Aviation and will be representing India at the Fédération Aéronaautique Internationale (FAI) which is headquartered in Lausanne and other global platforms that are related to air sports. The AFSI will be chaired by the Secretary of the Civil Aviation Ministry.
  2. National level associations for a set of air sports or individual air sports.
  3. State, regional, and union territory level units of the national air sports associations
  4. Air sports associations at the district level.

What will be the functions of this policy?

Through this policy, governance will be provided over various aspects of air sports that include:

  • Certification
  • Regulation
  • Awards
  • Competitions
  • Penalties, etc.

Under this policy, safety standards will be set for infrastructure, equipment, training, personnel, and will also be specifying the disciplinary actions that will be taken in case of non-compliance. Inability to follow the rules will attract penal action by the ASFI. Also, air sports hubs across the nation will be created to bring in tourists and air sports professionals from across the world.

What will this policy cover?

This policy will be covering 13 air sports activities such as:

  • Aeromodelling
  • Aerobatics
  • Ballooning
  • Experimental and amateur-built aircraft
  • gliding
  • drones
  • paragliding
  • hang gliding
  • paramotoring
  • microlighting
  • vintage aircraft
  • skydiving

What was the need for this policy?

The Indian aero sports industry expressed its displeasure that the government was not encouraging enough aero sports in India, despite there being tremendous potential in this sector. Improving the aero sports sector can help create growth opportunities for employment generation, tourism, and interest in aviation activities. This policy is growth-oriented and will help attract investments in this field.

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