51 Officers Graduate as Qualified Flying Instructors at Flying Instructors’ School (FIS) Tambaram
The Valedictory Function of 154 Qualified Flying Instructors’ Course (QFIC) was held at Flying Instructors’ School, Tambaram on 04 May 2023. On this occasion, a total of 51 officers graduated as Qualified Flying Instructors. The graduating batch includes 41 officers from the Indian Air Force, 02 officers from Indian Army, 06 from Indian Navy and 02 officers from Indian Coast Guard.
Air Marshal RGK Kapoor, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Air Command presided over the function. Group Captain PP Misra, Commanding Officer, Flying Instructors’ School welcomed the Chief Guest and briefed on the achievements of the course.
The Flying Instructors Course is a challenging curriculum of 22 weeks and it encompasses nine phases of flying training and over 200 hours of ground training Graduates of the Course are awarded the coveted symbol of ‘Qualified Flying Instructor' which signifies their professional competence and acumen. The pilots who achieved distinction in flying and ground subjects were awarded the following trophies :-
(a) The prestigious Majithia Trophy for the officer standing first in Overall Order of Merit was awarded to Squadron Leader JS Suman.
(b) The Chief of Air Staff's Trophy for Best in Fixed Wing Flying was awarded to Squadron Leader B Malik.
(c) The Chief of Air Staff's Trophy for Best in Rotary Wing Flying was awarded to Squadron Leader A Aery.
(d) The Commodore Commandant's Trophy for standing first in Aerobatics was awarded to Squadron Leader Edward Prince.
(e) The Dilbagh Trophy for standing first in Instructional Technique was awarded to Squadron Leader K Mishra.
(f) Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief's Trophy for standing first in Ground Subjects was awarded to Squadron Leader JS Suman.
(g) Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief's Trophy for standing second in Overall Order of Merit was awarded to N Awasthi.
In his convocational address, the Chief Guest complemented the role of FIS in training Qualified Flying Instructors (QFIs) who are instrumental in training budding military aviators to meet the desired standards of their respective service. He urged upon all the passing out Instructors to be thorough professionals and role models as Instructors for future military aviators.
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