Army ALH Dhruv Crash Landing Oct 24th, 2019: Some Early Lessons

It has been several hours after an Indian Army ALH Dhruv helicopter crash landed somewhere in the Poonch sector today

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International Air Traffic Controllers’ Day: My Tribute

Each year, Oct 20th is celebrated as International Air Traffic Controllers Day. Surprised? You should be. They are unsung heroes

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Tejas of Hope or Rafale from Grace?

The honourable Raksha Mantri of India Shri Rajnath Singh recently undertook a flight on the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas’

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Automation on Helicopters: Lessons From Fatal Accidents

When highly automated helicopters are hand-flown into the ground by pressing the wrong buttons, it is time to review some

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Indian LUH Soars High

In a significant milestone, the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) developed by state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) recently demonstrated its ‘hot

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That Bloody Kamov Guy!

There are few scenes that can match the aura of a helicopter coming in to land on a small deck

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Kargil Vijay Diwas – Five Questions for the Silent Service

20 Years to Kargil Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated every year on 26th July to commemorate India’s military victory on

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My ‘Mann Ki Baat’ on Why BJP MP Balaknath’s Helicopter Spun Around!

What Happened On Sunday, 30th Jun 2019, a light helicopter (appears to be a single-engine Bell 407) carrying BJP Member

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Airbus-PHL Sign MoU: Any Rainbow of Hope for Indian Helicopter Industry?

Airbus Helicopters and Indian helicopter major Pawan Hans Limited (PHL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 19th Jun 2019

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AH-64E ‘Apache Indian’ Added to IAF Inventory – Who Are The Real ‘Guardians’?

Heralding another multi billion-dollar import of weaponry, the first of 22 AH-64E (I) Apache ‘Guardian’ attack helicopters was formally handed

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Flying Leonardo’s AW139 – The Offshore Industry’s Workhorse

As a pilot flying for the offshore oil & gas industry in India, I am fortunate to actively fly two

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Grounding of Boeing 737 MAX: How Long Before DGCA Sets Standards Others Follow?

In a remarkable show of alacrity, Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) grounded the Boeing 737 MAX fleet after two

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Pulwama & Beyond: Don’t Mix Blood & Votes

If everyone is done with the chest thumping, sloganeering and points-scoring over recent military actions, I have some sobering thoughts

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Surya Kiran Crash at Aero India 2019 – Should The Show Go On?

What Happened? The IAF’s recent run of ill luck hit a new low today 19th February 2019 when two Hawk

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Rafale Row – All That Twitters is Not Gold

A report of CAG Audit into Capital Acquisition in Indian Air Force was tabled in the Parliament on 13th February

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When a Naval Aviator Flew the Mi-26 ‘Halo’

First four of the 15 CH47F Chinook heavy lift helicopters ordered by Indian Air Force arrived at Mundra port on

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Be Prepared

The story I am about to narrate harks back to the lessons we learnt as boys & girls scouts in

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Mirage 2000 Crash in Bengaluru 1st Feb 2019 – Sad Loss of a National Resource

What We Know An Indian Air Force (IAF) Mirage 2000 crashed during takeoff on 1st Feb 2019 at about 1030

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HATSOFF – The One-Stop-Shop for Rotary Training in India

In a quiet, leafy lane running through India’s aerospace R&D hub at Bengaluru sits a state-of-art training facility called HATSOFF.

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Tail Rotor Troubles

I write this in the wake of two recent tragedies involving conventional rotorcraft where amateur footage of the helicopter spinning

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Fly the Plane – Which Plane?

Two air accidents in recent times have shaken the conscience of people around the world. First was the 27th Oct

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Aircrew Fatigue – An Indian Helicopter Pilot’s Perspective

Indian Case Study Case 1: On 19th Apr 2011, a Mi-172 operated by an Indian carrier crashed short of a

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Flight Testing in Indian Navy – Synergies for the Future

Introduction Ten years ago, I was flying a desk in Naval Headquarters called ‘Aviation Plans’. We had ambitious plans to

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Helicopter Launch and Recovery Methodologies – Offshore versus Navy

Ignorance is Bliss? As a young helicopter pilot in the navy many years ago, terms like Performance Class 1, Category

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