Pipistrel, who was awarded the contract by Indian MoD to supply 194 aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF), Indian Navy (IN) and National Cadet Corps (NCC), delivered the first batch of their aircraft to India and kick-started the process of training Indian Engineers and Pilots.

Hindan Airbase, India

Pipistrel, the winner of a contest to supply 194 aircraft to the Indian armed forces (more info: http://www.pipistrel.si/news/pipistrel-emerges-as-winner-to-supply-194-aircraft) , successfully delivered the first shipment of aircraft to India and handed them over to the customer.

The first aircraft were delivered to Hindan Airbase, India in mid-July.

Team Pipistrel with IAF & NCC Pilots and their aircraft.

Wg Cdr (Veteran) Sanjay Thapar with Capt JP Singh and Wg Cdr Sumeet Malhotra Commanding officer No 1 NCC Sqn
The engineers who assembled the first aircraft and did its maintenance were AME Deepak, AME Kumar Rajeev, Jaydeep Bhattacharjee and Jaitender Kumar.

The first take-off was performed on 19. July at 10.25 am local time.

Garud just landed after its first flight

The two Pilots Capt Vijay Thakur PIC Second Pilot Wg Cdr Ashok Kumar of IAF and
Capt JP Singh PIC Second Pilot Wg Cdr Sumeet Malhotra of NCC were satisfied after the first flight.

Pilot and Engineer Joydeep and AME Deepak with Garud ;
Wg Cdr Ashok Kumar of IAF with Garud after the first flight

Right now the first Indian flight instructors are finishing their re-training process on the new type of aircraft. Several Slovenian experts travelled to India to provide education for Indian pilots and mechanics, among them Sašo Knez, Jure Pocrnjič and Tadel Špitalar of the Pipistrel Academy. Two Pipistrel technical instructors, Leon Brecelj and Jaka Filipič, have already completed the first stage of training Indian mechanics on how to provide correct maintenance for Pipistrel aircraft.

AOC Hindan with Team Pipistrel at Tettra School

Pipistrel country head Wg Cdr (Retd) Sanjay Thapar VM, described the process:
“In pursuant to the contractual commitments Pipistrel Slovenia is imparting conversion training to Indian Air Force Engineers, Technician and Pilots on newly supplied Garud Microlights at Air Force Station Hindan, in India. Training was undertaken at C-130 & C-17 Tetra School at Air Force Station Hindan. The first batch of Engineers and technicians successfully completed their training on 22 July 2016. The Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Hindan Air Cmde Nilesh Kapoor VM was the Chief Guest of the function. He gave away certificates of qualification to all trainees who successfully completed their training. He appreciated the training capsule of Pipistrel, thanked Slovenian Chief of training Mr Leon Brecelj and his team of instructors Mr Jaka Filipič and Mr Jure Pocrnjič for their hard work. He called the training capsule as very useful and enhancing knowledge of IAF & NCC engineers and technicians.”

Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Hindan Air Cmde Nilesh Kapoor VM and Gp Capt Nipun Gupta Chief Engineering Officer seated with all trainees in the background.

AOC presenting Certificates of Qualification to Gp Capt Mohan Rao of NCC & Sqn Ldr Dinesh Singh of IAF

Pipistrel country head Wg Cdr (Veteran) Sanjay Thapar VM thanked the Air Force for its support and presented a Pipistrel Garud microlight model to the AOC as a memento from Pipistrel Slovenia

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Back at Pipistrel’s home base in Slovenia, the production continues at full speed.

Ivo Boscarol, the General Manager of Pipistrel, said:
“This is a huge milestone for Pipistrel. For the first time in our entire 27-year history we are delivering such a large order (almost 200 aircraft) to such an esteemed customer! I am also very satisfied and happy that we managed to establish a great team in India. Here I have to thank Wing Commander (Veteran) Sanjay Thapar VM, who has been an immense help and support through the entire process! We are honoured that we can welcome Indian Air Force (IAF), Indian Navy (IN) and National Cadet Corps (NCC) into our global Pipistrel family, spreading across 95 countries on all continents. We will do everything in our power to keep the customers satisfied and proud owners of Pipistrel aircraft!”