Graduation of 46th Flight Test Course

Air Force Test Pilot School (AFTPS) of the Indian Air Force is happy to announce the graduation of 46th Flight Test Course. 17 officers (including 1 from Indian Army and 1 from Indian Navy), successfully completed the rigorous 48 weeks program flying and evaluating up to 12 different aircraft types and aero systems.

Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Anil Chauhan presided over the valedictory function of the 46 Flight Test Course, which was conducted at AFTPS. This event was hosted by the Aircraft Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) as the traditional Suranjan Das Dinner where not only the graduating students but also their spouses were given a certificate of qualification. Five students were also awarded trophies for their outstanding performance under various categories. The students who were awarded were Sqn Ldr A Berwal with the Suranjan Das Trophy for best Test Pilot, Sqn Ldr Kapil Yadav - CAS Trophy for best flight evaluation, Sqn Ldr V Supriya - Maharaja Hanumanth Singhji Sword for best FTE, Sqn Ldr Rajnish Rai - Kapil Bhargava Trophy for best in ground subjects and Lt Cdr Gaurav Tyagi - Dunlop Trophy for most promising FTE and flight evaluation. Five Flight Test Engineers graduated in the 46th flight test course including three officers from the fixed wing stream and two officers from the rotary wing stream.

The academic overview and end of course report was presented by the Officer Commanding AFTPS, who highlighted the critical role being played by the institution as the de-facto Centre of Excellence for imparting flight test training to officers of the three services, Indian Coast Guard, HAL, DRDO and friendly foreign nations.

In his valedictory address, the Chief of Defence Staff complimented Commandant ASTE and all staff of AFTPS for maintaining the highest standards of training in this niche field and their crucial role in capability building and modernisation of the Indian Air Force, including the upgradation of the military aviation environment of the nation. He congratulated the graduating officers, emphasising the importance of professional competence to meet the quality & safety requirements for operational preparedness, and extolled them to continue to strive hard to achieve higher professional capability in their journey as test crew.