Civil Aviation Secretary calls for starting helicopter taxi services in North India

The first Heli Expo India and International Civil Helicopter Conclave-2017 recently concluded in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, RN Choubey, Secretary, Civil Aviation, said, “The National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) tries to address the gap. As per the new NCAP, helicopters are free to fly from point to point without prior ATC clearance in airspace below 5000 feet. The aviation agencies should start exploring the option to start helicopter taxi services between Delhi-NCR and other north Indian states.”

He added that India has achieved a growth rate of about 20% in domestic air travel section in the last three years, which is the highest growth rate in the world civil aviation sector. He said that however, this growth rate is confined to fixed-wing traffic only and the helicopter traffic is much lesser in India.

Inaugurating the event, Satpal Maharaj, Tourism Minister, Uttarakhand said that the helicopter taxi services have a huge potential for enforcing law and order, operate air ambulance services, to check forest fire and can provide better connectivity to religious and tourist destinations located in the rough terrain of hilly areas.

The event was organised by Pawan Hans Limited, in association with the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the theme of ‘Enhancing Connectivity’ at the Pawan Hans Heliport, Rohini, New Delhi. Dr B P Sharma, CMD, Pawan Hans also attended the event.