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Yelahanka station records region's highest flying hours

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  1. Soumya

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    BANGALORE: As the men in blue across Indian Air Force bases and commands get ready to celebrate the 81st Air Force Day on October 8, the Air Force Station in Yelahanka has its own reasons to cheer. The station, an integral part of the IAF training command headquartered here, has clocked the highest number of flying hours (military) in South-East Asian region., continues to be the quiet contributor.

    The station which has clocked the highest number of flying hours (military) in South-East Asian region,

    is responsible for providing ab-initio training for IAF's helicopter and transport aircraft pilots.

    According to a senior officer, the station recorded about 20,000 flying hours in six months, with daily flight activity averaging at 60, beating even active airfields in terms of the number of flying hours. Despite the distinction, they cannot enter any competition for records as the details required to be shared there are sensitive, the officer added.

    However, the officer clarified that the station is not the busiest. "We have the highest number of flying hours, but we are not the busiest," he said, adding that the station is the alma mater for all helicopter and transport aircraft pilots in the force.

    "We also perform non-training roles, which we have demonstrated time and again," said Wing Commander Manish Sharma, commanding officer the 112 Helicopter unit.

    He said a pilot from his unit was part of the operations that found the remains of Andhra Pradesh chief minister YSR Reddy who died in a helicopter crash. The unit was active during the recent floods in Kochi and aircraft were on standby even during the Uttarakhand rescue operations, he said.

    Air Commodore SP Singh, air officer commanding, Air Force Station, Yelahanka, said: "Our facility is undisputably an integral part of IAF. The proof of it is visible with the kind of missions our pilots are capable of completing."

    Yelahanka station records region's highest flying hours - The Times of India
     
  2. S K Mittal

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    so Indians are also making records out of cricket ground.
     
  3. layman

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    Plane and simple: Air Force Station Yelahanka is the busiest

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    With the Bengaluru International Airport (BIA) and the Air Force Station (AFS) Yelahanka in close proximity, the skies of north Bangalore witnesses the highest air traffic in the country, and perhaps even in the region. An aircraft, be it civilian or military, can be spotted almost every minute here, and a testimony to this fact is the record number of flying hours that the AFS Yelahanka has clocked over a period of six months.

    The AFS Yelahanka is home to Aero India, which is Asia’s largest air show, and the nerve centre of the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) training activity has clocked about 20,000 flying hours here in the past six months. It is said to be the highest in the region.

    According to an IAF officer stationed at the AFS Yelahanka, clocking 20,000 flying hours in six months is no mean achievement, considering that it is only a training base where rookie pilots are trained on the Antonov-32’s (AN-32) Dornier’s and Mi8’s.

    The training at the AFS Yelahanka, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, also includes formation flying, paratrooping, special night operations, causality evacuation and VIP flying.

    At present, 35 rookie pilots are being trained to operate transport aircraft and 21 to operate helicopters at the AFS Yelahanka.

    The 112 Helicopter Unit, which is based in the air base, has been involved in several military and relief operations in the past. Even during the recent floods in Uttarakhand, the helicopters of the unit were on standby.

    AFS Yelahanka is also gearing up to IAF’s overall modernisation plan, which include procuring latest aircraft and systems.

    “We are directly involved in the overall modernisation plan of the IAF, and are preparing for it,” said Air Commodore SP Singh, air officer commanding, AFS Yelahanka.

    Know AFS Yelahanka
    The Air Force Station in Yelahanka is an Indian Air Force base, mainly used to train pilots to fly transport planes.

    This station also conducts type-conversion of navigators on the Antonov An-32.

    Exhibition formation fly-pasts during passing-out parades at premier training institutions such as the Air Force Academy and the Air Force Technical College are carried out routinely here.

    In addition, the station undertakes logistics support tasks allotted by Air HQs and HQ TC.

    Every two years, Aero India, a biennial air show takes place at Yelahanka air force station.

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  4. Manmohan Yadav

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    Nice work Boys !!!
     
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