IAF Chief on a sor­tie in Pi­la­tus PC-7 MkII


The morn­ing of June 21, 2014, saw the of­fi­cer who grad­u­ated 39 years ago, come back as Chief Guest to re­view the com­bined grad­u­a­tion pa­rade at the Air Force Academy, Dundi­gal. Air Chief Mar­shal Arup Raha, Chief of the Air Staff, re­viewed the pa­rade of 193 flight cadets be­long­ing to Pi­lot, Nav­i­ga­tion and Ground Duty streams.

Con­grat­u­lat­ing the pass­ing out course, the Air Chief said, “It is a mat­ter of great hon­our to re­view the com­bined grad­u­a­tion pa­rade and wel­come these fine men and women into the In­dian Air Force as mil­i­tary lead­ers and avi­a­tors. My con­grat­u­la­tions to the of­fi­cers who have been awarded the Pres­i­dent’s Com­mis­sion this morn­ing, an hon­our which you have earned through hard work and on suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of a de­mand­ing train­ing cur­ricu­lum. My fe­lic­i­ta­tions to the six of­fi­cers of the In­dian Navy for earn­ing their cov­eted ‘Wings.’ ”

The Air Force Academy (AFA), as a cra­dle of mil­i­tary avi­a­tion, pro­vides a unique en­vi­ron­ment for joint train­ing of cadets of all branches and forge life­long bonds of ca­ma­raderie, co­he­sive­ness and ésprit de corps. With a distin­guished train­ing record to its credit, AFA is at the van­guard of a com­pre­hen­sive up­grade in IAF’s train­ing pat­tern and in­fra­struc­ture. This Academy has suc­cess­fully in­ducted and op­er­a­tionalised the PC-7 Mk II as IAF’s ba­sic trainer air­craft and has ush­ered in an era of mod­ern fly­ing train­ing with high stan­dards of safety and re­li­a­bil­ity. The Pres­i­dent’s Plaque and the Chief of the Air Staff Sword of Hon­our for stand­ing first in over­all or­der of merit in Pi­lot’s Course was awarded to Fly­ing Of­fi­cer Anil Ku­mar while Fly­ing Of­fi­cer Durgesh Ku­mar and Fly­ing Of­fi­cer Satheesh Ku­mar were awarded the Pres­i­dent’s Plaque for stand­ing first in over­all or­der of merit in Ground Du­ties Branches and Nav­i­ga­tion Branch re­spec­tively.

Air Chief Mar­shal Arup Raha also flew a sor­tie in the ba­sic trainer Pi­la­tus PC-7 MkII air­craft at the Air Force Academy, Dundi­gal, Hy­der­abad, on June 20, 2014.

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