- Air Force Academy, Dundigul
Air Force Academy(AFA) INDIA IATA: none – ICAO: VODG Summary Airport type Military Operator Indian Air Force Location Dundigal,Hyderabad (India) Elevation AMSL 2,013 ft / 614 m Coordinates Coordinates: Runways Direction Length Surface ft m 10R/28L 6,800 2,073 Asphalt 10L/28R 8,250 2,515 Concrete
The Air Force Academy established in 1969 and started in 1971. Air Force Academy is located at Dundigal, about 25 km away from the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.it is spread over 7,000 acres of land.The institute was set up with the intention of training cadets from all streams at one central location. The Air Force Academy imparts training to the Flying, Technical and Ground Duty Branches as well as officers of the Army and Navy. This is a home for the officer trainees who learn the ropes of their chosen specialisation and more importantly are nurtured to become capable leaders. After one year's training, officer cadets are commissioned into various branches of the IAF. Their curriculum at Dindigul provides a common ground where a foundation is laid to prepare them for the different tasks which are intrinsic to a modern air force. It is here that the in-experienced youth are trained to learn flying through successive stages. Those who pass out as fighter pilots get the opportunity to serve in front-line combat squadrons equipped with SU-30, MiG-29, MiG-27, MiG-23, MiG-21, Mirage-2000 and Jaguar aircraft. For those interested in flying transport aircraft, the IAF offers the very best in the form of the heavy multi engined IL-76 aircraft and the versatile twin engined multi role AN-32 transport aircraft, besides HS-748 and the Dornier light utility transport aircraft.
Yet another exciting option for pilot trainees at the academy is to opt for helicopters. By joining the helicopter fleet, the trainees learn to fly at tree top heights and landing in small and unexplored remote areas. The curriculum also includes flying helicopter gunships, giant MI-26 heavy-lift choppers, casualty evacuation, para dropping of troops and air lifting of supplies. These are very important tasks performed both during war and peace.
The academy imparts specialist training to young men and women who shoulder responsibility as leaders in other key areas of air force operations. These are administrative, air controlling, meteorological, logistics, accounts and education branches. Irrespective of their chosen fields, all cadets are on the PT ground in synchronous movement to the beat of the drill master's drums. Swimming, horse riding, field and indoor games are all included in the evening routine. These activities help the leaders to meet the physical standards expected of soldiers. It is here that they develop qualities of esprit de corps so essential for military leaders.
The Academy provides training in flying and ground subjects for flight cadets and officers of the Indian Navy and Army as well as the Coast Guard. Officers from friendly foreign countries are also occasionally trained at the Air Force Academy.
The following are the types of training conducted at the academy:
Flying Training If a cadet has joined the Flying Branch, training is divided into Stage I, II and III. Each stage gradually takes the trainee pilots from fundamental to more complex levels of aviation. It is during Stage III that the cadets are sent for specialisation on Fighter, Helicopter or Transport aircraft.
Air Traffic Control Officers' Training The training at the Air Force Academy for Air Traffic Control is designed on the basis of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) procedures. These have, however been altered to suit the military aviation requirements.
Ground Duty Officers' Training Ground Duty Officers' Training conducts specialist training for all non-technical branches of the Indian Air Force. If the cadet has joined the Administrative, Logistics, Accounts, Education or Meteorology division, he/she will be trained at the Air Force Academy before joining the Air Force as Ground Duty Officer.
Joint Services Training Cadets of the Flying, Technical and the Ground Duty Branches are imparted Joint Services Training here for six weeks. Thereafter, cadets selected for entry into the Aeronautical Engineering Branches are sent to the Air Force Technical College at Jalahalli, Bangalore. Training includes common service subjects like administration and service knowledge.
- Kendriya Vidyalaya No.1 AFA, Dundigal
- Airport information for VODG at World Aero Data. Data current as of October 2006.
- Dundigul Air Force Academy at Global Security
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