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Jyotiraditya Scindia unveils air sports policy; country to become hub for same by 2030

In a major boost to aero-sports in India, the government announced National Air Sports Policy 2022 on Tuesday, 7th June 2022.

Mr. Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Minister of Civil Aviation, unveiled the National Air Sports Policy 2022 (NASP), which includes air racing, aerobatics, aeromodelling, hang gliding, paragliding, paramotoring, and skydiving.

As deemed necessary by the competent authority, the list of air sports may be modified from time to time. NASP 2022 coverage will include vintage aircraft in each air sport, where applicable, the policy states.

There will be a four-tier governance structure for air sports in India, with the Air Sports Federation of India (ASFI) as the apex governing body under the aviation ministry, followed by national associations for individual air sports or a set of air sports. Then there will be regional or state/UT level units of the national air sports associations. District-level air sports associations will be the fourth level.

Long-term funding for air sports development in India will come from corporate investors, sponsors, membership fees, events, and media rights. ASFI may seek government funding to promote air sports, particularly in the early years.

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