Centre to ready to make policy for air taxis: Civil Aviation Secretary

The civil aviation ministry is ready to formulate a policy framework for the air taxis and will soon commission a study on the matter, department Secretary Rajiv Bansal said on Monday.
“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,” Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Bansal said while speaking at the CII Advanced Short Haul Air (ASHA) Mobility 2023 conference on Monday at Bengaluru. The government would soon be announcing the first set of production-linked incentives for drones says India’s Aviation Secretary Rajiv Bansal.
“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 upto 50 in the next one to two years” Bansal said.

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