Former HAL Chairman, Dr RK Tyagi, Takes Over As 36th President of Aeronautical Society of India

National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 26 September 2017

“Dr. Tyagi calls for developing technology mission 2025 for Aerospace and Defence”

Dr. R.K. Tyagi has taken over as 36th President of Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI), in recently held AGM at Thiruvananthapuram.

AeSI formed in the year 1948, today has 16 Branches, 2 special interest groups and 13000 professional members. Various Prime Ministers of India starting from Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru to Atal Bihari Vajpeyee, had supported the cause of AeSI as CHIEF PATRON of the Society. In Past, many illustrious professional like Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Air Chief Marshal PC Lal and OP Mehra, Dr. Krishna Das Nair and Dr. V.K. Saraswat etc. have presided the Society.

The prime objective of AeSI is to promote the advancement and dissemination of knowledge of Aeronautical and Aerospace besides science Aircraft engineering leading to elevation of Aeronautical profession.

Dr. R.K. Tyagi is considered as a technology leader and turnaround specialist. He is an Electronics and Telecom Engineer as well as distinguished alumni of IIT Roorkee. Subsequently, he received the degree of MBA and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. d).

Dr. R.K. Tyagi has rich experience in petroleum field by way of contribution in oil field management, satellite communication and information, marketing management and SACFA (standing advisory council for frequency management) of Ministry of Communication.

Dr. Tyagi is credited with evolving Indian offshore safety regulations and aviation standards for helicopters operations. Under his leadership as CMD, Pawan Hans started first SEAPLANE operations in Andaman and planned first Indian HELIPORT at New Delhi. By introducing new Heli flights on seat sharing basis, he changed the paradigm of low cost helicopters flying in India similar to what Capt. Gopinath did to ticketing cost for aircraft travels in India.

Under his leadership (as Chairman), HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) produced the first Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) (SP-1) leading to the success of a long awaited effort of 30 years. Indigenous capability of Su-30 maintenance was developed. As a Technology enabler, he led HAL to a paradigm shift by way of R&D planning of HTT-40 (Basic trainer aircraft), filing more than 1100 patents/IPRs and setting up of HAL chairs for R&D management in IITs of Roorkee, Mumbai, Kanpur and Kharagpur.

Dr. R.K. Tyagi is currently independent director on board of Air India, mentor director for DIIA (Defence innovators and industry association), Member – S&T Management Council of DRDO, Trustee – Foundation for Aviation and Sustainable tourism (FAST). He is also an active policy enabler and strategy advisor to Aerospace and defence industry, thru various forums like IDSA, CENJOWS, USI and RWSI.

While addressing the AGM, he emphasized need  to develop AeSI technology vision 2025 in aerospace & defence, incorporating the following:

  1. Skill and Make-in-India initiatives of government.
  2. Bringing together all diverse stakeholders of Aerospace and Defence like Ministries of Defence, Civil Aviation, HRD and Skill Development and Department of Space, Science &Technology, DGCA/ DGAQA/ CEMILAC and various PSUs and private sector.
  3. For technology preparedness of India in the areas of cyberspace, UAVs/ drones satellite and defence technologies.
  4. Develop indigenous passenger Aircraft capability for India
  5. Technology support for long term plans of defence forces.

We look forward for all the aeronautical and defence professionals to come together and develop technology and innovation blueprint for a self-reliant India, specially in science and technology applicable in A&D.

Watch Dr. Tyagi’s views on Single Engine Fighter Jet Procurement. Click here!

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