Centre Ready For Air Taxi Policy Framework: Civil Aviation Secy

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

The government is expected to soon announce the first set of production-linked incentives for drones

At a recent event in Bangalore, Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Bansal suggested that the union ministry is ready to formulate a policy framework for air taxis and will soon commission a study on the matter. Notably, the government is planning to launch a Production Linked Incentives (PLI) scheme for drones soon. After that, the next frontier for the government will be the development of the e-VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) policy in the country. It must be noted that E-VTOL aircraft use electric power to hover, take off, and land vertically. As the electric propulsion system developed and the need for aerial vehicle technology for urban air mobility gained prominence, this technology came to the rescue to provide a greener alternative. Mr Bansal also said that e-VTOL has applications that address both densely populated urban spaces as well as sparsely populated remote lands and smaller cities and towns.

“After Production Linked Scheme for drones is being rolled out this month, we are now ready to take the next big steps in the e-VTOL system,” remarked the secretary while delivering the inaugural address at India’s first Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) conference. Mr Bansal noted, “eVTOL’s future is not as far as it seems, it is much closer than what it appears, we are in 2023 and in 2025 this global dream will become a reality and India very much wants to be part of this global initiative.”

- Advertisement -

The Secretary believes that e-VTOL should be an industry-led initiative in India. Referring to the industry players present at the event, Mr Bansal remarked, “We want to know what you want from us. What is it you want from air traffic management as there is a lot of talk about manned and unmanned vehicles? We also want to know what is happening globally; are there some protocols? What will be the responsibility of the DGCA, the Ministry of Civil Aviation and so on.”

As per the chairman of CII Task Force, Amit Dutta, short-haul air mobility services are the next big disruption waiting to happen. “As our country is transforming from India living in villages to over 50% of the population in urban centres in the foreseeable future, traditional mobility platforms on terra firma would be grossly insufficient. Short-haul air mobility services are the next big disruption waiting to happen.”

Mr Dutta further added that operating electric craft is cheaper, much quieter and safer and they also address sustainability with regard to overall environmental footprint when compared to traditional helicopters.

Talking about the drone ecosystem in India, Mr Bansal commented, “In 2021, after intense industry consultations, a set of initiatives were taken to liberalise the drone ecosystem, to put in place drone rules, a digital skymap, a regulatory system to regulate the growth of drones, policy initiatives, regulate the growth of the remote pilot system, certification of drones, financial incentives for drone manufacturing called Production Linked Initiatives. In one and half years, we already have 15 certified drones today and another five in the pipeline with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. I expect this number to go up to 50 in the next one to two years.”


 

- Advertisement -

Related Artcles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Exclusive

Six Steps To Building Better Business Assets

0
In the journey of asset-building, solving good problems trumps battling bad ones. Dive into six essential steps for building and leveraging effective assets—the game-changer...

India’s Solar Capacity Installation Down By 44.1%, Delayed Projects To Add To 2024 Installations

0
Large-scale solar installations saw a notable decline of 50.8% YoY to 5.8 GW from 11.7 GW in 2022, constituting 77.2% of the annual capacity...

Infineon Technologies Sells Manufacturing Sites To ASE

0
This strategic move aims to balance in-house and external manufacturing for profitable growth, leveraging mutual synergies between the companies to drive industry growth and...

Buzz

Bajaj Auto And Magna Increase Their Ownership In Yulu

0
Returning investors Bajaj Auto and Magna have invested $19.25 million in shared electric mobility company Yulu as part of a Series B round of...

BIWIN And Lenovo Collaborate To Launch SSDs In India

0
Lenovo SSDs deliver high-performance storage solutions catering to both consumer and business needs. BIWIN has partnered with Lenovo to introduce the latest Lenovo-branded SSDs in...

IIT Guwahati And Edurade Launch India’s Largest Remote Pilot Training Program

0
This first-of-its-kind training program is specifically designed for Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and other officers, aiming to modernise the operations of the armed forces.  The...

Important Sectors

India’s Solar Capacity Installation Down By 44.1%, Delayed Projects To Add To 2024 Installations

0
Large-scale solar installations saw a notable decline of 50.8% YoY to 5.8 GW from 11.7 GW in 2022, constituting 77.2% of the annual capacity...

Bajaj Auto And Magna Increase Their Ownership In Yulu

0
Returning investors Bajaj Auto and Magna have invested $19.25 million in shared electric mobility company Yulu as part of a Series B round of...

IIT Guwahati And Edurade Launch India’s Largest Remote Pilot Training Program

0
This first-of-its-kind training program is specifically designed for Junior Commissioned Officers (JCOs) and other officers, aiming to modernise the operations of the armed forces.  The...

Servotech Secures Order For 1500 DC Fast EV Chargers From HPCL And OEMs

0
Servotech Power Systems Ltd. secures a significant order for 1500 DC fast EV chargers from HPCL and other OEMs, valued at 102 crores, to...

CIL Announces 3GW Solar Projects, Aims For 5GW RE Addition

0
CIL is laying the groundwork for its 5 GW renewable energy goal. Coal India Limited (CIL) has announced its plans to set up 3 gigawatts...

Manufacturing

Applied Ventures Funds VVDN Technologies

0
The investment demonstrates Applied Ventures' dedication to promoting innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship within the semiconductor and electronics manufacturing sectors. Applied Ventures, LLC, the venture capital...

Haryana EV-CO To Manufacture L3, L5 EVs At New Plant

0
The EV maker is self-funded and operates a modern manufacturing facility with cutting-edge technology and equipment. It specializes in producing two and three-wheelers, with...
Sona Comstar

Sona Comstar: First Indian Auto Supplier With PLI Certification

0
Sona Comstar, a leading EV traction motor manufacturer in India, receives PLI certification for its electric two-wheeler traction motor. Sona BLW Precision Forgings, commonly known...

Indian Manufacturers To Get Chinese Mobile Production Orders

0
Dixon has secured an order from Oppo for making phones, with an order size of around 5-6 lakh units per month.  Chinese firms have finally...

VinFast To Begin Construction Of TN Factory On Feb 25

0
The collaboration between VinFast and the Tamil Nadu Government commenced with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on January 6, 2024. This...