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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Wirestrike: A Clear & Present Danger

In the late 80s, a naval Chetak (Alouette III) operating on a patrol mission over Gulf of Mannar (Operation Tasha)

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Navy to HAL – We Dare, You Survive

It’s one thing to accept a hard reality and move on with ‘we fight with what we have’ spirit, and

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IAF An-32 Crash 03 June 2019: My First Thoughts

An Indian Air Force An-32 aircraft with 13 crew onboard went missing after taking off from Jorhat at about 12:27

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The Alouette & Lama Must Go

[This story was originally written in 2016 after a fatal Cheetah crash that killed three officers. A press release of

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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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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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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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Ziplip Shiplip

Background I suspect that in the armed forces, as everywhere else, the old adage ‘knowledge is power’ is fast being

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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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Making Sense of the VT-AVH Incident

What happened? While cruising at FL410 (41000 feet or approx 12.5 kms above mean sea level), an autopilot mode tripped,

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King Air C90 Crash in Mumbai – A Grim Reminder

A small, 26-year old King Air C90 charter aircraft (VT-UPZ) undertaking a test flight crashed on 28 Jun 18 near

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Checklist Bloopers

On 30 Oct 1935, Boeing’s Model 299 prototype took off for an evaluation flight by the US Army Air Corps

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Seconds to Live…or Die

What Happened? Five people were killed when a private charter helicopter (Airbus AS350, Regn N35OLH) crashed into New York’s East

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The Slapgate Controversy

On 01 Jan 18, passengers flying on a long haul Jet Airways flight 9W119 from London to Mumbai were witness

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MiG 29K Crash at Goa – A Wake-up Call

“For want of a nail, the Kingdom was lost” Benjamin Franklin On 3rd Jan 2018, while the world was still

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Run Silent, Run Deep

It has been over 12 days (11:36 GMT, 15th November) since contact was lost with Argentinian Submarine ARA San Juan.

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Who Killed Ashok Khale?

On 5th November 2017, Ashok Khale, a champion cyclist and mentor for many on the Indian cycling circuit was knocked

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Mi-17 V5 Crash – Looking Beyond the Obvious

Friday, 6th October 2017 was another black day for people like me who fly helicopters. An Indian Air Force Mi-17

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An Airport Down Under

A small, almost obscure road leads off SV Road near Nanavati Hospital, Vile Parle (West) to an aerodrome in Mumbai.

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Drink & Die

  In 1993, a few young officers gathered together in the Officers’ Institute, Cochin to celebrate their selection for flying

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Engine Failure on Helicopters

Recently, I launched a paper aeroplane  from the edge of a cliff to the delight of my son. As we

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A Navy all at sea with little sleep

“The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep” E Joseph Cossman Over a decade ago, I

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Incredible India!

This should be my shortest post ever. I clicked this while on my way to work in a city which

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Slop Chit Syndrome

Slop chits are so handy. I for one can’t do without them. This serendipitous discovery by American company 3M, is

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We’ll Miss You, Butter Cat

It was almost as if she was waiting for us to adopt her. There she was, perched next to the

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OMG! Not today!!

As a helicopter pilot, one is used to juggling numerous variables while operating with ships. Apart from the usual weight,

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Beatup Sheetup

Every pilot crosses those ‘log book milestones’ when you feel that extra ounce of confidence and panache in your flying skills. This

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