To promote and regulate aero-sport activities,a group of enthusiastic aero-sport lovers from the city have come together to form Aerospace Association of India (AAI).
While aero-sports is popular in our country,there is no regulatory association in India which controls the activities. This association has thus been formed to ensure proper self-regulation over aero-sport activities – at Gliding Centre Pune (GCP) to begin with followed by further expansion,” said AAI secretary Sandeep Bajare.
The association which was in conception stage for over two years would be registered within a fortnight. Besides experienced aero-sport enthusiasts,the association will have the likes of Lt Gen (retd) Ranjan Goswami,former E-in-C,Indian Army and Vice Admiral (retd) Vinod Pasricha,former FOC-in-C,Western Naval Command as advisers to the association.
Though aero modelling,paragliding,gliding,ballooning and parachute jumping are on board,AAI has been formed with the primary focus of ensuring that gliding remains the core activity at GCP. “The land at GCP was acquired for gliding and given that this is the most ideal location to carry out gliding/aero-sport activities in the country,it is our duty to ensure that no future plans affect the safe gliding activity that has been going on at the location for years,” Lt Gen Goswami said.
With the help of experienced flyers such as captain D S Gill,who has been flying since 1969,AAI will soon formulate rules and regulations for safe operations of aero-sport activities. “We are in the process of charting rules and regulations which would ensure safety during such activities.
In countries such as USA,UK,Switzerland such activities are backed by a strong framework of rules which ensures safety in-flight. We would be referring to some of their rules and modifying them to suit the conditions of our country,” said Gill.
With a nominal membership fee of Rs 250 as of now,AAI will also work towards promoting aero-sport activities amongst children at an early age.