|Date of Birth:||14 Jan 1946|
|Date Commissioned||04 Jun 1967||Course||97 Course|
|Service End||Retired on 31 Jan 2002|
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|15 Jul 1985 - 22 Jun 1987||Wg Cdr||No.116 Helicopter Unit||Jodhpur||CO|
|01 Apr 1989 - 01 Jun 1991||Wg Cdr||Flying Instructors School||Tambaram||CFI|
|-||Air Cmde||3 Wing||Palam (Delhi)||AOC|
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|Vayu Sena Medal|
|Gp Capt||Praveen Chander Chopra||10883 F(P)||Award Date||Announced 26 Jan 1996|
|Details :|| |
Group Captain PC Chopra is posted as Commanding Officer of an AN-32 Squadron since Aug 92. He is an A-2 Qualified Flying Instructor and has over 7,400 hrs of accident free flying. Gp Capt PC Chopra had an instructional tenure in Iraq and was Chief Flying Instructor at Flying Instructors School, and Chief Instructor at Air Force Station, Yelahanka. The officer was selected for the first batch to USSR for training on AN-32 aircraft and was subsequently responsible for the initial conversion and Operational training of many AN-32 pilots. He had been instrumental in the formulation of Standard Operating Procedures and had evolved techniques for initial AN-32 operations in the Eastern Sector. The officer is a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, and has also held the appointments of Command Examiner on Kiran and AN-32 aircraft.
As a Commanding Officer he is carrying out extensive training and operational flying in the Siachen Glacier and the unit flew more than 12,000 hours accident free. He successfully completed three major airborne assault exercises during his tenure, which were meticulously planned and flawlessly executed.
For exceptional devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Group Captain PC Chopra.
|Unit : 48 Sqn|
|Reference : Gazette of India , 9th March 1996 - No.23 - Pres/96 dated 26th January 1996|