All those candidates who wish to serve in the Indian Air Force, Air Force Academy; Dundigal is the place for them to realize their dream. For admission, they have to clear the written exam of AFCAT exam. Indian Air Force conducts AFCAT twice a year for Flying, Technical and Ground Duty Branches. After clearing the exam, they undergo the AFSB Interview which is a five-day process. The Air Force aspirants have to also undergo Pilot Aptitude and Battery Test (PABT) for which candidate is given a single chance in his lifetime. Afterward, there is a medical test then they can enter the Air Force Academy.
About the Academy
The AFA is situated in Dundigal which is 43 km from Hyderabad and 25 km from Secunderabad. It is situated in the State of Telangana. The AFA was established in 1969 and started in 1971. It covers an area of 7000 acres approx. The Academy trains Air Force Officers as well as officers for Army, Navy and Indian Coast Guard. The academy aims to train young candidates and emerge as the leading Air Force in the world. Their aim is to instill discipline, moral values, leadership qualities, an adventurous spirit, etc. The syllabus is designed in a way to provide them adequate training to cope with the changing environment and technological advancements.
The Academy trains Flying, the Technical and Ground Duty Officers. The Flying Officers chose whether they want to fly fighter aircraft or Transport aircraft according to their choice and caliber. They can also join the helicopter fleet. The front line squadron has SU-30, MiG-29, MiG-27, MiG-21, Mirage 2000, Jaguar and Tejas aircraft which are used by the fighter pilots. Transport aircraft are very important as they are used to transport troops and ration during emergencies. They also play a vital role while conducting operations in remote areas. So the candidates who are interested in serving in this manner, they have IL-76, C-17, the twin-engine multirole AN-32, HS-748, Dornier Light utility aircraft at their disposal.
Candidates can also join the helicopter fleet which indulges in the rescue operation, casualties evacuation, para trooping of troops, transporting the supplies, etc. They are also taught to fly at tree top heights, to land in remote areas, etc. The cadets are trained in three stages and can only lay a hand on the real aircraft in the third stage. They are taught everything from basic to complex levels.
Apart from the Flying training, the candidates are trained in other areas like administration, logistics, accounts, etc. The candidates can join the administrative, logistics, accounts, meteorology or education division. After training, they join the Indian Air Force as Ground Duty Officers. There is also the need of Air Traffic Control officers who are trained for the Air Traffic Control based on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) procedures.
After the completion of 22-week training, the cadets are selected from Flying, Technical or Ground Duty Branches for Aeronautical Engineering which is pursued by the candidates at Air Force Technical College, Jalahalli, Bangalore.