9/1/2012 Saurabh Kumar
In an initiative by Indian Air Force to encourage students to join the Indian Air Force, officers of the force presented an induction publicity exhibition vehicle at Amity University campus Sector 125 in Noida on Tuesday.
The exhibition bus had a demo of a fighter jet control system as simulator, demo of Air Traffic Control (ATC), a fighter pilot outfit and demo models of various fighter jets available in the arsenal of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
Students were allowed to use the simulator to experience how it feels to fly a fighter jet and been told about the rich legacy of IAF. Various models of fighter jets of IAF including SU-30 MKI, Rafale, Searcher (remotely piloted vehicle), and Mirage 2000 are demonstrated before them.
“We have divided the bus in four zones, namely, simulator zone, ATC zone, information zone and pilot zone where the students can avail of information about the various aspects of the air force. This bus is usually stationed in Vayu Bhawan, New Delhi, and we take it to various educational institutions in Delhi-ncr to create awareness among the students,” said Manish Sabharwal, group caption, DP03, Vayu Bhawan.
The IAF officials made an effort to make students understand the intricacies of flying a fighter jet. “A fighter pilot outfit is called Flying G suit which helps him/ her to keep resistance even at higher altitude. We store hydrogen gas in the suit which helps the fighter pilot to prevent blackout (fatigue) or redout (excess rush of blood),” said an officer.
In the morning hours, students were also given a presentation on the career opportunities available with the IAF. The students were informed about various qualifying exams, and eligibility criteria for entering into Air Force, including UPSC (NDA and CDSE), AFCAT, MET, NCC and SEC. He further briefed students about the three branches of the Indian Air Force — flying, technical and ground duties — where they can apply as per their age, physical attributes, qualification and interests. Students found this opportunity as a memorable one as they got to interact directly with the officer.