The 5th Helicopter & Small Aircraft Summit will be held at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, on July 25, 2023. The Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Government of Madhya Pradesh, Pawan Hans Ltd., and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) are all working together to put on this historic event.
The Summit’s theme, “Reaching the Last Mile: Regional Connectivity through Helicopters & Small Aircraft,” underscores its mission to explore ways to enhance India’s transportation ecosystem by leveraging the potential of helicopters and small aircraft. The Summit will be inaugurated by Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister, Government of Madhya Pradesh, and Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Union Minister of Civil Aviation & Steel.
Enhancing Regional Connectivity
One of the primary objectives of the Summit is to provide a common platform for industry stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the growth story of the Indian Helicopter and Small Aircraft industry. Helicopters and small aircrafts have emerged as critical players in improving accessibility, particularly in remote and hilly terrains. By facilitating smoother transportation, these aircrafts can connect regions that were previously inaccessible and contribute to the nation’s overall development.
Expanding the Scope of the UDAN Scheme
The Summit aims to enhance the scope of the UDAN Scheme in remote and hilly areas. The UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik) scheme was launched to promote regional air connectivity and make air travel affordable and accessible to all citizens. By leveraging helicopters and small aircrafts in the UDAN Scheme, the Summit intends to bridge the gap between rural and urban areas, fostering economic growth and creating opportunities in previously underserved regions.
Empowering Tourism and Economic Growth
Helicopters and small aircrafts have immense potential in promoting tourism and generating economic growth. They can provide uninterrupted services to places with existing and potential tourism hotspots, allowing travelers to experience India’s scenic landscapes and cultural destinations in unique and immersive ways. Furthermore, these aircrafts play critical roles in emergency medical services and disaster management, supporting communities during floods, rescue operations, and other emergencies.
Mutually Beneficial Aviation and Tourism Industries
India’s aviation and tourism industries have a mutually beneficial relationship. By improving regional air connectivity through helicopters and small aircrafts, the Summit seeks to foster employment opportunities and drive economic growth across the country. Efficient transportation options for both business and leisure travelers open up lesser-known destinations, promoting tourism and contributing to the growth of local economies.
A Paradigm Transformation for Civil Aviation
The 5th Heli Summit takes place at a crucial time when the Indian civil aviation industry is experiencing a paradigm transformation. The sector has become an essential part not only for India but also for the global community. Aviation always brings with it two vital multipliers: the economic multiplier and the employment multiplier. By harnessing the potential of helicopters and small aircrafts, the Summit aims to further boost India’s civil aviation industry, taking it to new heights of progress and innovation.
The 5th Helicopter & Small Aircraft Summit is set to be a landmark event, bringing together industry stakeholders, policymakers, and visionaries to explore the immense potential of helicopters and small aircrafts in advancing regional connectivity in India.
With a focus on enhancing the UDAN Scheme, empowering tourism, and fostering economic growth, the Summit aims to revolutionize India’s transportation ecosystem and create a more accessible and connected nation. As the industry moves forward, the collaborative efforts and decisions made during this Summit will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in shaping the future of India’s civil aviation industry.
Teaser on the 5th Helicopter & Small Aircraft Summit can be watched here: