Chennai, May 25 UNI | 2 months ago

Forty-eight officers, including 43 from the Indian Air Force, one from the Indian Army and two each from the Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard graduated after finishing the 136th Qualified Flying Instructors Course (QFIC) at the Indian Air Force Station at suburban Tambaram today.

Air Marshal S R K Nair, Senior Air Staff Officer, Headquarters, Training Command presided over the valedictory function held at the IAF Tambaram.

Congratulating the graduated officers, Air Marshal Nair exhorted them to carry forward their rich learning experiences at FIS and apply this knowledge effectively.

He urged them to inculcate the highest standards of mental and physical discipline amongst their trainees in the true tradition of the IAF.

The training of 136th QFIC commenced on December two last year.

The Flying Instructors school (FIS) trains operational pilots of the Defence services, Paramilitary forces and friendly foreign countries to make them flying instructors.

They were trained to impart Air and Ground Instructions to trainee pilots.

The Qualified Flying Instructors Course was a gruelling 25 weeks package comprising academics and flying training with tests and exams at regular intervals.

A release from the Defence PRO Office here said the focus during ground training was interfacing theoretical knowledge with practical aspects of aircraft systems and piloting.

"The use of computers as teaching aid is given high priority. The pilots who achieved distinction in flying and ground subjects are awarded trophies.

The prestigious Majithiaa Trophy for the Officer standing first in Overall Order of Merit was awarded to Sqn Ldr AP Singh.

The Air Marshal Subroto Mukherji Trophy for the Best in Fixed Wing Flying was awarded to Sqn Ldr A Yadav.

The Chief of Air Staff's Trophy for Best in Rotary Wing Flying was awarded to Sqn Ldr A Ahlawat.

The Commodore Commandant's Trophy for standing first in Aerobatics was awarded to Sqn Ldr A Ghosh.

The Dibagh Trophy for standing first in Instructional Technique was awarded to Sqn Ldr Ahlawat.

The Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief's Trophy for standing first in Ground Subjects was awarded to Sqn Ldr A P Singh.

(Posted on 26-05-2014)