IAF’S Sarang Helicopter Display Team To Set Hearts Flutter

IAF’S Sarang Helicopter Display Team To Set Hearts Flutter

Air shows are essentially about business meetings and exhibits of military hardware and merchandise. But over the years the reputation of Aero India, now into its tenth edition has also been assiduously built by magnificent displays – static and aerial – by both civil and military aircraft, including participation by famed aerobatic teams from around the world enthralling audiences.

Aero India 2015 is also being much talked about and anticipated as world-acclaimed aerobatics teams – Breitling Wingwalkers (US), Scandinavian Air Show, Flying Bulls from Czech Republic, Yakovlevs formation display team from UK – are set to captivate the young and old onlookers alike.

While all aerobatic display teams are enthralling to watch the widest and loudest applause is usually reserved for our very own Indian aerobatics team ‘Sarang’ flown by young IAF helicopter pilots who are usually the show-stoppers whenever they take to the sky.

The IAF Sarang Helicopter Display Team has the unique distinction of being one of only two helicopter display teams in the world, the other being ‘Blue Eagles’ of the British Army.

The team evolved from the erstwhile ‘Advanced Light Helicopter’ Evaluation Flight (AEF) formed at Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE), Bangalore, on March 18, 2002.

The leitmotif ‘Sarang’ is derived from Sanskrit for ‘peacock’. The helicopters have been painted in bright colours with the peacock form superimposed on them.  It is today a widely and easily recognised artwork on these indigenously built helicopters.

“It attempts to symbolise the beauty and grace of the peacock during the display,” explains Sarang Team Leader, Wing Commander AS Abhyankar. A qualified flying instructor and now Commanding Officer of the outfit, the return to Aero India for Wg Cdr Abhyankar and a few others is a déjà vu moment. Abhyankar first flew in the 2003 Aero India edition as a young Flight Lieutenant.

The Sarang team first debuted at the Asian Aerospace Air show at Singapore in Feb 2004. Since then, the team has performed in over 35 air shows in India and abroad. Their scintillating performance at Al Ain Aerobatic Show, UAE, in Jan 2005, earned them a reputation as one of the best display teams in the world.

In Berlin air show of May 2008, the team was adjudged as the ‘best looking close formation team’. The team made history after five of its helicopters ferried across the English Channel from Germany to the United Kingdom.

“We are compelled to give bang for the buck,” says Wing Commander Mudit Chaurasia, a sub-section leader in the formation who flies as ‘Sarang-2’. Mudit has also flown in three previous editions of Aero India. “We have done shows all over the world but we get the maximum appreciation here,” he enthusiastically adds.

The ‘Sarang’ team continuously strives to modify and perform new profiles for each display. While it is natural to expect daring and precise formation displays by fixed wing aircraft it is difficult for helicopters to perform similar manoeuvres owing to the inherent instability and large and unwieldy rotors, explains Sarang-2 leader Mudit. “This is what makes them so special and unique,” he adds.

Having flown in several major air shows worldwide including at RIAT (Royal International Air Tattoo), Fairford, UK among others, Wg Cdr Chaurasia singles out his recent air show in November last over Passighat in Arunachal Pradesh as memorable. It is mostly in valleys of the northeast or J&K where most IAF helicopters earn their spurs early in their flying career.

What audiences will see at Aero India 2015?

The Sarang profile will begin with entry in an inverted wine glass formation. This will be followed by various close formations in ‘Line Astern’ and ‘Diamond’ formation to facilitate a closer look at the helicopters for the audience.

Three helicopters then group together to perform the star manoeuvre which is unique to helicopter flying – the ‘stall turn’ known as the ‘Dolphin’s Leap’. The team then continually keeps the audience glued to the skies with their breath-taking manoeuvres.

The team then regroups for its final signature manoeuvre ‘The Sarang Split’ involving the four helicopters criss-crossing each other vertically and horizontally to form a knot.

The Sarang Team

Apart from the two Sarang leaders, other team members include Wing Commanders Vinod Negi, the deputy Team Leader, Wing Commanders S Saravanavel, PR Ponnappa, Squadron Leaders G Komar, AS Pawar, SK Mishra, Milind Londhe, Daish and SS Barsing, who is the latest entrant to the team.

Squadron Leader Deepika Misra is the first and the only woman pilot in the team and has the onerous responsibility as the Team Safety Officer. Two pilots always remain on standby with the fifth helicopter in case of any eventuality while a quartet is flying.

The flying machines are kept airworthy at all times by a team led by Wing Commander Tarundeep Puri, Senior Engineering officer. Others in the team include Squadron Leaders Sourabh Kakkar and Joydeep, Flight Lieutenants Bharat Bajaj, Chandan Kumar, Sandeep Tewatia besides others.

Wing Commander Bhavana Mehra the team administrator also does the commentary for the displays. She has the distinguished privilege of being the commentator for not only the Sarang team but also with the erstwhile Suryakiran Aerobatic Team.


Training & Recruitment Drive in J&K to Reach out to Youth under Udaan

The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the Ministry of Home Affairs are undertaking a special recruitment drive in Kupwara area of Jammu and Kashmir. Over 10 corporates from across India will be visiting Kupwara for a two day recruitment drive on 18th and 19th February 2015. The corporates from various sectors including Finance, Tourism, Human Resource, Construction, Automation and Information Technology & IT Enabled Services will be scouting for fresh talent from the border district of Kupwara.

This drive is a part of series of mega selection drives being conducted in the state to scout fresh talent from the State. Eight more such drives are planned in the state in the next two months to cover the far flung areas including Samba, Sopore, Baramulla, Kathua, Reasi and Doda.

Three drives have already been conducted in Srinagar, Jammu and Udhampur which has shown tremendous response from the students. In these drives nearly 2,400 candidates were selected and many more from the final year academic session were shortlisted for selection in Corporate India.

Special Industry Initiative or Udaan was conceived with two objectives of providing exposure to the graduates and post graduates of Jammu and Kashmir to the best of corporate India and providing corporate India with access to the rich talent pool available in the state.

The scheme is based on the recommendations of the Rangarajan Committee for setting up a progressive programme for training of the youth of Jammu and Kashmir by the Corporate located in different states of the country and making these youth employable. During January, 2013, under a Special Industry Initiative, NSDC and the Ministry of Home Affairs have been mandated to work with the corporate sector in bringing about a positive change in the employment and skills space of Jammu and Kashmir.

Till date 63 corporates have partnered with Udaan Scheme and have given a commitment to train nearly 74,000 youth from the State. More than 6,000 candidates have joined training till date of whom more than 2,500 have been given jobs by leading corporate like Tata Consultancy Services, Reliance, CMC, Ligare, Tata Motors, Yes Bank, Canara Bank etc.


RE-INVEST 2015 Expo draws huge Crowds

Exhibition Features Country Pavilions of Germany, UK , Italy & UAE

RE-INVEST Expo held on the sidelines of RE-INVEST 2015 showcased India’s manufacturing capabilities and technologies in solar , wind & bio-mass being used to provide an idea to the foreign investors about the potential areas of investment in renewable energy sector.

A total of 119 companies including 4 countries have set their pavilions in the sprawling lawns of Hotel Ashok in New Delhi. The four participating countries are Germany, UK, Italy and UAE. Apart from this States like Madhya Pradesh , Andhra Pradesh , Punjab and Jharkhand and associations of solar and wind power developers / manufacturers have showcased their initiatives in the renewable energy sector. Besides , several Indian majors in the renewable sectors are also participating with their stalls.

There are also stalls of various financing agencies which are offering several investment options to the entrepreneurs .

The three day RE-INVEST 2015 attended by 2800 delegates from 41 countries will come to a close today.


SCI Posts Profit

The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd (SCI) has posted a net profit of Rs. 31.35 crore during the quarter ended in December last year. It brings to the total profit for nine months in the financial year 2014-2015 to Rs. 99.44 crore. This is the fourth consecutive quarter when SCI has posted a profit.


Day Five of “Vanaj”- National Tribal Festival- 2015

            On the  Fifth   day  ( i.e. today,17th February, 2015) of National Tribal Festival “VANAJ”-2015  there will be  screening of documentary Films  titled  “Pradhan: Sons of the soil” from 3 pm to 5.30 pm at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) auditorium, Rajendra Prasad Road, New Delhi .   Also there will be a seminar discussion from 3.30  p.m  to  5.00  p.m in the IGNCA  Auditorium where‐in  eminent  panellists  will  deliberate on the topic   ‘Traditional Tribal Food and crops’.

These are a part of the initiatives of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs which is organising  the first National Tribal Festival – 2015 ‘VANAJ’  in New Delhi from 13th to 18th February, 2015. This festival titled as  ‘VANAJ’ coincides with spring time tribal festivals of  Phagu, Phagua and Phagun Parab, which celebrate tribal life.  This gives an opportunity for the people of Delhi to appreciate the rich and diverse tribal culture. The festival show cases India’s unique Tribal culture, art, painting, music, dance, tribal medicine, tribal crops, tribal food, and a special attraction- tribal cuisine!  The festival is being simultaneously held at three venues:  (1) Central Park- Connaught Place, (2)Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts and (3)Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi.

Entries to all the venues are free. Visitors to the festival venues in Connaught Place Central Park and Baba Kharak Singh Marg are to park their vehicles at NDMC authorized parking slots only.

For venue wise details of events visitors are requested to visit www.tribal.nic.in  or  www.tribal.gov.in


Sonowal Calls upon Corporate Houses to Extend their CSR Support to make India a Sports Super Power

The Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has called upon the corporate houses to extend their CSR support to make India the super power in the world of sports. Speaking at the Eastern India CSR Summit at Kolkata today he said, India is making steady progress in multi-discipline sports competitions like Olympic Games, Commonwealth and Asian Games and have won many world championships. He said, if the Corporate Houses spend a portion of their CSR funds towards promotion of sports, India will surely emerge as the super power in sports in the World.

The Minister said, in this context, he would like to quote from the Memorandum of Association of Steel Plants Sports Board which was established in 1960 by SAIL and the then TISCO which is now known as Tata Steel. Its preamble states that ‘with the abolition of Princely States which hitherto used to patronise sports in the country, a void has been created and in order to fill this void, it is essential that the industries come forward to patronise sports in the country’. He said, the objective was not only to provide sports & recreation to its employees and their wards, but also to patronise budding talent to win medals for the country. Various Sports Promotion Boards have been created under Public and Private Sector Undertakings. And the role of these Sports Promotion Boards become more important especially in view of their reach in the remote areas.

The Minister said, Indian Companies Act 2009 has now been suitably revised to include various Sports Promotion Schemes under its Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR). He said, his Ministry has also suitably revised the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar which was introduced to encourage involvement of corporate and sports promotion boards in the development of sports in the country.

According to the revised plan, Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar scheme, which was introduced in 2009, will now be given in four categories - Identification and nurturing of budding talent, Encouragement of sports through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Employment of sportspersons and sports welfare measures and Sports for Development.

He said, in the revised Scheme, eligibility criteria for all four categories have been prescribed. As `Training to promote rural sports, nationally recognized sports, Paralympics sports and Olympic sports` have been included in the Schedule VII of the Companies Act 2013.

Shri Sonowal said, the companies can now spend on promotion and development of sports from the funds earmarked for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), a specific category for `Encouragement of sports through Corporate Social Responsibility` has been provided for in the revised Scheme.

The Minister said, the Corporate Houses have to come forward to patronise budding talent selected as Olympic Probables to provide them training & competition exposure and inputs required for proper training, be it imported equipment; services of foreign coach, diet supplements and sports science back up. He said, CSR support for preparation of Indian Contingent for Olympic Games 2016, Commonwealth & Asian Games 2018 and Olympic Games 2020 is required. Shri Sonowal said, his Ministry has identified seven sports disciplines as Medal prospect disciplines in the Olympic Games 2016 and identified 75 core Probables and another 75 Probables will be selected shortly. The disciplines are: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Shooting, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

He said, under CSR, contribution of funds may be made towards National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) under Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, Govt. of India created for support to the talented sportspersons in their training and competitions and also for financial support to former Olympians in setting up their Sports Academies.

Shri Sonowal called upon to provide CSR support in setting up Specialised Sports Academy for Differently Abled Sportspersons. He said, he has already requested the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to set up such Sports Academy with technical support from Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. The Specialised Sports Academy for Differently Abled Sportspersons will be first of its kind in India and it is the bounden duty of the Corporate Houses to support such noble cause. He said, it will be in the fitness of things if one Corporate House comes forward to take over the Academy and run the same professionally.

The Minister said, while his Ministry financially supports creation of sports infrastructure in all States and UTs and a scheme has been launched to create Indoor and Outdoor sports facilities in every Block, however, he strongly feels that in line with the scheme of adopting parks and traffic islands by Corporate Houses, sports infrastructure may also be adopted under CSR scheme so as to provide support system in managing, maintaining and optimum utilization of sports infrastructure available in the country especially in remote areas under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Shri Sonowal expressed the confidence that the Corporate Houses will come forward and join the Prime Minister’s call for ‘Sab Ka Saath – Sab Ka Vikas’ and contribute whole-heartedly towards promotion of sports in the country.

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