New Delhi, Feb 15 (UNI) IAF chopper pilots nearing the end of their flying career can now be inducted into Pawan Hans following an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Indian Air Force and Pawan Hans Helicopter Ltd (PHHL) at Vayu Bhawan, Air headquarters, today.
Besides the new lease to the pilot's flying career, IAF will share its expertise in operations with Pawan Hans under the MoU signed by Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Officers) Air Vice Marshal L K Malhotra on behalf of IAF and Mr G P Srivastava, GM (P&HRD) for Pawan Hans.
The agreement ensures that Pawan Hans, India's leading helicopter service provider, will benefit from the extensive operation experience of IAF pilots. Simultaneously, it will offer a second career option to IAF chopper pilots to utilise their flying skills even after their career in IAF ends. The accrued training and expertise of IAF pilots nearing the end of their terms of service would therefore be effectively harnessed for the nation's cause.
Air Chief Marshal FM, who was present during the signing, said the MoU was indicative of IAF's commitment to growth of aviation in the country, be it civil or military.
"The MoU will not only promote mutual benefits to both the organisation but will prove to be a milestone for Indian aviation as such," he said.
According to AVM Malhotra, the MoU will provide IAF pilots an opportunity for growth and a longer second career up to 65 years of age. Similarly, Pawan Hans would also benefit from augmentation of qualified pilots and inclusive HR policies of IAF.
Pawan Hans Ltd CMD R K Tyagi said Pawan Hans Helicopter Ltd was looking forward to a massive fleet expansion as well as to entering new areas of operation such as inter and intra city transportation besides setting up a state-of-art maintenance centre and new choppers at Delhi, Mumbai and other viable areas.
According to sources, PHHL is likely to induct new helicopters during next financial year for which requirement of more qualified pilots is paramount.
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