In Maharashtra, 37 officers were awarded the Aviation Wings to become Combat Helicopter Pilots, including a woman pilot, Capt Abhilasha Barak.
Capt. Barak is the first woman to hold the position of Combat Helicopter Pilot. The valedictory celebration for the officers was placed at Gandhi Nagar Airfield in Nashik, where Capt. Barak was honoured for placing first in the Pre-Army Pilot Course.
A variety of other awards were presented to participants in recognition of their great performance in many fields. For placing first in the overall order of merit, Capt. Ashish received the Silver Cheetah Trophy, and Capt. S. K. Sharma received the ‘Best in Flying’ honour. Capt. Shravan Manilathaya received the ‘Air Observation Post 35’ trophy for placing first in Ground Subjects, while Capt. R. K. Kashyap received Capt. P. K. Gour’s trophy for outstanding Gunnery. Lieutenant General Ajay Kumar Suri presided over the ceremony.
Under the supervision of Army Training Command, Shimla, the Combat Army Aviation Training School is the Indian Army’s main flying training college.
In 2019, President Ram Nath Kovind awarded the prestigious President’s Colours to the Aviation Army Corps, which has served for 35 years.
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