Hyderabad: The “Zen Air CH-701” two-seater Microlite aircraft landed at Mamnoor airfield, Warangal after being flown in from Nadirgul Airfield, Hyderabad today morning.
After a gap of five years, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Group Headquarter has revived the flying training activity for the air wing cadets of Warangal.
Group Commander, Warangal Group, along with Commanding Officer 4 (T) Air Squadron (Sqn) NCC and his team played a major role in bringing the aircraft to Mamnoor airfield and reviving the flying training.
Warangal Group NCC has 4(T) Air Sqn NCC unit which imparts theory and practical training to the air wing cadets. The unit has 700 Air Wing cadets, a majority of whom are from Junior Division while the remaining 200 are from Senior Division.
Speaking on the occasion, the Group Commander said, “We are in a process of planning flying schedule for the next few weeks. Since the aircraft is fully serviceable and in flying condition, maximum training would be imparted to the cadets.
A cadet would be subjected to intense ground training opportunity consisting of subjects like engine, avionics, airframe, checks and procedures and once they are found to be worthy of flying then they would accompany the IAF pilot and they would get to know the basic facets of cockpit and flying in the cockpit of the aircraft”.
Group Commander further added that the flying activity would provide an impetus to the cadets as they would get real time flying experience. The government has entered into a deal with Pipistrel, a Slovenian Light Aircraft manufacturer in 2015.
The aircraft has modern avionics system with adequate space in the cockpit. The aircraft is likely to be allotted to Warangal Air Unit by 2018.
As per the flying training curriculum, Telangana & Andhra Pradesh Intergroup Air Wing Competition is scheduled w.e.f 12th to 21st September at Warangal.
The cadets will be participating in various competitions such as drill, skeet shooting, .22 (Point 22) rifle shooting, line and tent area, aero modeling, health and hygiene and flying.
Air Commodore P Maheshwar, Deputy Director General of AP & Telangana Directorate, had been making a conscious effort towards commencement of air training at Warangal and expanding the NCC not only in the urban but in rural areas as well.
To further the cause of conducting intensive training to cadets, 10 acres of land is being acquired near Mamnoor Airfield, Warangal to establish a fully functional Training Centre for the NCC Cadets of Warangal Group. (INN)