Friday, October 06, 2017

Spreading wings of success

Secunderabad: The Air Force Station (AFS) at Hakimpet is abuzz with activity ahead of the 85th Air Force Day celebrations that will be held on October 8. While air shows are a regular feature at AFS Hakimpet, only few are aware of the hard work that is involved in making these shows a success.
The airfield that was used by the Royal Air Force during the pre-independence era, is today a premier military aviation training base for the Indian Air Force, Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard. The cadets and officers are trained in the art of fighter flying and rotary winged flying.
The AFS Hakimpet is always filled with activity as budding pilots get ready for sorties during the day and in the wee hours. A senior officer said the station works 24/7 and almost all departments are ready for any eventuality with response time within minutes.
Air Commodore R K Oberoi said, “The helicopter pilots play an important role at borders and also pitch in during the times of distress such as natural calamities including floods, earthquakes, drought and etc.”   Initially the flying training is imparted on BELL 47G3 helicopter and subsequently on Chetaks.
06/10/17 Hans India

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