The Valedictory Function for the 139th Qualified Flying Instructors Course (QFIC) was held on 20 Nov 2015 Air Force Station, Tambaram. The Chief Guest for the function was Air Marshal S Neelakantan, Air Officer-in-Charge personnel. Air Officer Commanding of Air Force Station Tambaram, Air Commodore Rippon Gupta was the Chief Host.
The Flying Instructors School (FIS) which is based at Air force Station, Tambaram, is a unique institution that has established a niche for itself in the field of aviation training. It has rich experience o more than 60 years as an established unit of the IAF. At the international level, several professional pilots from friendly foreign countries have graduated from this School.
Group Captain Vivek Gupta, Commanding Officer of the Flying Instructors' School, under whose supervision all the training is done, summed up the achievements of the course. The Chief Guest stressed on the invaluable role played by FIS in training Qualified Flying Instructors (QFIs) who are instrumental in producing pilots who meet the desired standards for their organization. These QFIs would thereafter carry the responsibility of guiding newly inducted trainee pilots in consonance with the long term vision of the IAF.
The QFIC is a gruelling 25-week package. It encompasses nine phases of flying training and over 192 hours of ground training. The training of 139th QFIC commenced on 01 Jun 2015. A total of 52 officers graduated on 20 Nov 2015. These included 48 officers of the Indian Air Force, one from Indian Army and three from Indian Navy. The Valedictory Function marked the culmination of the efforts of the trainees and staff of FIS. Graduates of the Course were awarded the coveted symbol of 'Qualified Flying Instructor' which they can now wear proudly on their uniforms. The pilots who achieved distinction in flying and ground subjects were awarded the following trophies:-