PERSON AND PLACES
After successful completion of six-month-long training, Captain Abhilasha Barak becomes the first woman officer to join Army Aviation Corps as Combat Aviator. The training was given at the Combat Army Aviation Training School, Nashik.
She has been awarded the Coveted Wings along with 36 Army Pilots by Director General and Colonel Commandant Army Aviation.
Currently, women are given the responsibility of air traffic control and ground duty in the Aviation Department. Out of Fifteen women officers who desired to join Army Aviation Corps, only two officers were selected after completion of the Pilot Aptitude Battery Test and Medical examination.
In 2018, Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
Indian Army Aviation Corps was established in November 1986, which flies Chetak, Cheetah, and Dhruv helicopters and forms the lifeline for troops guarding the Siachen glacier and other inaccessible forward posts along the Indian borders. The helicopters are used for reconnaissance along with medical evacuation and disaster relief.
Capt. Barak hails from Haryana and was commissioned into the Army Air Defence Corps in September 2018.