NEW FLYING INSTRUCTORS GRADUATE FROM FLYING INSTRUCTORS’ SCHOOL

NEW FLYING INSTRUCTORS GRADUATE FROM FLYING INSTRUCTORS’ SCHOOL

NEW FLYING INSTRUCTORS GRADUATE FROM FLYING  INSTRUCTORS’ SCHOOL

              The Flying Instructors’ School (FIS), based at Air Force Station Tambaram, is a unique institution that has established a niche for itself in the field of aviation training. It has a rich experience of more than 60 years as an established unit of the IAF. At the international level, several professional pilots from friendly foreign countries have graduated from this school.

The Valedictory Function for the 146th Qualified Flying Instructors Course (QFIC) was held on 07 Jun 19.  The Chief Guest for the function was Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Vayu Sena Medal, Air Of ficer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Air Command. Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station Tambaram, Air Commodore MS Awana was the Chief Host.

Group Captain AN Karulkar, Commanding Officer of the Flying In structors’ School, under whose supervision all the training is do ne, summed up the achievements of the course. The Chief Guest stres sed on the invaluable role played by Flying Instructors’ Sch oo l in training Qualified Flying Instructors (QFIs) who are instrumental in pro ducing pilots who meet the desired stand ards for their organization. These QFIs would thereafter carry the res ponsibility of guiding newly inducted train ee pilots in consonance with the long term vision of the Indian Air Force.

            The QFIC is a gruelling 25-weeks package. It encompasses nine phases of flying training and over 190 hours of ground training. The training of 146th QFIC commenced on 24 Dec 2018. A total of 52 officers graduated on 07 Jun 2019.  These included 42 Officers of the Indian Air Force, 02 from Indian Army, 05 from Indian Navy, 01 from Indian Coast Guard and 02 officers from Myanmar Air Force. The Valedictory Function marked the culmi nation of the efforts of the trainees and staff of FIS. Graduates of the Course were awarded the coveted symbol of ‘Qualified Flying Instructor’ which they can now wear proudly on their uniforms. The pilots who achieved dist inction in flying and ground subjects were awarded trophies.

            In his convocational address, the Chief Guest congratulated the graduating officers. Recalling his own exp erience as a flying instructor and as a staff at FIS, he exhorted them to carry forward their rich learning exper iences at FIS and apply this knowledge effectively.  He urged them to inculcate the highest standards of mental and physical discipline amongst their trainees, in true traditions of the Indian Air Force.

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PS/AK/06/2019