Hawk trainers a huge advantage for pilot training: Major

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Bangalore, Nov 16 (UNI) The induction of Hawk Mk 132 advanced jet trainers will provide a big advantage to the Air Force as it will enable smooth transition to the pilots from training to operations and improve the safety levels, Air Chief Marshal F H Major, Chief of the Air Staff said here today.

Speaking to news persons after inaugurating the Cath Lab at the Command Hospital here, he said earlier, for a pilot to switch over from Kiran trainers to MIG fighters used to prove as a quantum jump thus bringing down the safety level. However in case of Hawk, a mid level trainer, the transition would be smooth.

Two Hawk trainers have reached Bidar Air Force station early this week as part of the new squadron to be stationed at the North Karnataka town.

The Air Force Chief said eight more AJTs would arrive at Bidar at the end of the year and the AJTs would be formally inducted in January next year.

Air Marshal Major said the retaining of middle level officer in the Air Force was indeed a huge challenge as they were attracted to lucrative areas in the corporate sector.

"The problem persists. We are looking towards the implementation of Sixth pay commission recommendations and hope things will improve. However, it is a matter of passion and pride that one serves in the armed forces. The motivation levels are very high even today," he said.

Earlier speaking at the function said the armed forces was duty bound to ensure the well being of its staff including those retired from service.

The Command Hospital here, a WHO certified model hospital and its doctors were known for the high level of efficiency in medical care and had served with distinction during the 1971 war, IPKF operations and Tsunami ravage in 2004, he said.

Cardiac Catheterisation lab, costing over Rs six crore, was the latest among the list of major initiatives of the hospital over the last few years. It could provide complete and comprehensive cardiac care with all life saving services in both diagnostic and therapeutic treatments.


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