By M A Athul
On the occasion of 34th Flight Test Course, Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh exhorted young officers to the strive for excellence and to contribute to developments in aviation. He was presenting graduation certificated to 9 Test Pilots and 6 Test Engineers of the 34th Flight Test Course in Aircraft System Testing Establishment (ASTE) in Bangalore. He pointed out that India was on the verge of achieving indigenization in the aviation field.
On arrival at the ASTE was accorded with a guard of honor. He was conducted around the Establishment by Air vice Marshal Raghunath Nambiar, Commandant ASTE. The Marshal also interacted with ASTE personnel and visited the Flight Test Memorial, where he paid homage to those who had made the supreme sacrifice while performing Flight Testing duties.
Suranjan Das Trophy for the best all-round student Test Pilot was awarded to Squadron Leader K U Rao , while Chief of Air Staff Trophy” for the best student Test Pilot in Flight Evaluation was awarded to Squadron Leader D Gupta. The “Hanumanth Singhji” Sword for the best all-round student Flight Test Engineer was awarded to Wing Commander Gulshan Kumar and the “Dunlop Trophy” for the best student in Flight Evaluation was awarded to Wing Commander Karthikeyan. (Edited from press release)
(The writer is a first year PG student of Defence and Strategic Studies with Madras University currently on a 2-months’ internship with Tarmak007. His write-ups need not be news-breaks and in-depth in nature; hence should be seen as an ab initio effort by a budding defence journalist. The views expressed by Athul need not be that of Tarmak007.)