National Defence Bureau,
Chennai, 30 November 2019
The Valedictory Function for the 147th Qualified Flying Instructors Course (QFIC) was held on 29 Nov 19. A total of 47 officers graduated on 29 Nov 19. These included 40 officers of the Indian Air Force, two from Indian Army, three from Indian Navy, one from Indian Coast Guard and one foreign officer from Ugandan Air Force. The QFIC is a gruelling 25-weeks package of both flying and ground training. The training of 147th QFIC commenced on 17 Jun 19. The Valedictory function marked the culmination of the efforts of the trainees and staff of Flying Instructors’ School (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 distinction in flying and ground subjects were awarded trophies. The prestigious Majithia Trophy for the officer standing first in Overall Order of Merit was awarded to Squadron Leader Saurab Sethi.
FIS based at Air Force Station Tambaram, is a premier institution that has carved a niche for itself in the field of aviation training. It has been at the forefront of flying training for more than 60 years and has trained numerous professional pilots from the Indian Air Force, Army, Navy, Coast Guard and from friendly foreign countries.
The Chief Guest for the function was Air Marshal Amit Tiwari Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Southern Air Command, IAF. The Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station Tambaram, Air Commodore Man Singh Awana, was the Chief Host. The achievements of the course were presented by Group Captain A N Karulkar, the Commanding Officer of the School.
In his valedictory address, the Chief Guest congratulated the graduating officers and the award winners. He exhorted them to continue striving for higher standards and apply the knowledge imbibed at FIS effectively. He urged them to inculcate the highest standards of mental and physical discipline amongst their trainees, in the true traditions of the IAF.
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