In a first for India, sky-diving & cockpit flying for adventurers starts in Neemrana

In a first for India, sky-diving & cockpit flying for adventurers starts in Neemrana

The Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara trio of Hrithik, Farhan, and Abhay will not have to go to faraway Spain if they plan a sequel to the movie with another sky-diving sequence in it. This aero-sport is now in India with a desi company, Modair, claiming to start activities like adventure flying, cockpit flying, and sky-diving from Neemrana and Aligarh airports to begin with.

The company says this has been done to boost domestic tourism in India.

“We have introduced a wide range of air adventure tourism services and look forward to coming up with many more exciting offerings for adventure travel connoisseurs. All our efforts are intended to help support the Indian economy by giving a boost to investment in India’s price-competitive tourism sector. Earlier people/enthusiasts used to travel abroad for adventure air tourism, but now they don’t… for (aero sports),” Modair chairman Atul Jain said.

The company says it offers adventure air tourism on its private jets.
Modair has 15 small aircraft in its fleet, including 5 Cessna-172 that are used for aero sports. For sky-diving, the aircraft goes to a height of 10,000 feet from where parachuters dive from aircraft.

“We have ordered 10 P2006T aircraft of Italian firm Tecnam. Our main base is the Aligarh Airport. From Neemrana, we fly west for aero sports towards Bhiwani and Hissar. Neemrana is 60 nautical miles from Delhi Airport (10 nm out of the no aero activity zone of the Delhi airport). We are the first company in India to offer these activities,” said Modair CEO Varun Mittal.

Earlier this year, the Centre had planned to allow aero sports like skydiving, gliding, ballooning, hang gliding, paragliding, para-motoring, and aeromodelling in India. The aviation ministry had begun work on India’s first national aero-sports policy (NASP).

“Aerosports create significant opportunities for growth of tourism, employment generation, and interest in aviation activities. A growth-oriented NASP may help attract investments in the latest aero sports technology, infrastructure, and best practices. With a view to preparing the draft NASP 2021, it has been decided to constitute a committee,” said an aviation ministry order issued this January.

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