|Service No & Branch||17360 F(P)|
|Date of Birth: 06 Sep 1962||Commissioned: 22 Dec 1983||Course: 132 Course|
|Service End:||Died in Service 02 Sep 2009|
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|05 Aug 2002 - 20 Jun 2004||Wg Cdr||No.116 Helicopter Unit||Jodhpur||Commanding Officer|
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|Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)|
|Wg Cdr||Sunil Kumar Bhatia||17360 F(P)||Award Date||Announced 26 Jan 2007|
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Wing Commander Sunil Kumar Bhatia (17360) F (P) has been on the posted strength of Helicopter Training School since 21 Jul 04. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI) and an IRIE, and is posted as Chief Flying Instructor at this School.
In his spotless career spanning 23 years, he has logged a total of 5550 hrs of accident/ incident free flying, including 780 hrs by night. He holds Cat/IR AMG on Chetak/ Cheetah and Mi-8/Mi-17. He has served as Flight Commander of Helicopter Flight, Chief Operations Officer at AF Stn Mohanbari, and as Commanding Officer of Helicopter Unit. He was commended by the Chief of Air Staff in 1998.
Being a QFI with rich and varied experience, he has always taken keen interest in the training aspects of the establishment. He has completed eight years in Training Command, spread over four tenures of active, accident/ incident free flying. Endorsed on HPT-32, Chetak/Cheetah and Mi-8/Mi-17 aircraft, he has accrued a total of 2355 hrs of instructional flying, including 456 hrs by night. He has been an IRIE since 1997.
In this School itself, he has been posted as a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI), Flight Commander, and now Chief Flying Instructor (CFI). In his current tenure, he has been the senior CFI for three terms, and at present is the only CFI for this term. He has worked consistently towards improvement of training standards. He has contributed immensely towards the standardization of procedures, phase briefs and instructional nuances. Having set high professional standards for all staff and trainees of this School, he spares no effort to ensure that these standards are met and maintained at all times. A true Air Warrior, he has always lead by personal examples, leaving a valuable imprint in the tender minds of all the trainees who have interacted with him.
For his high degree of professionalism, ability to consistently perform to the exacting standards of the Indian Air Force and exceptional devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Sunil Kumar Bhatia.
|Unit : HTS|
|Reference : Gazette of India dated 17th March 2007. No.90-Pres/2007 dated 26th January 2007|
|Date||Aircraft Type||Tail No||Pilot/Crew||Unit||Remarks|
|02 Sep 2009||Bell 430||Gp Capt Sunil Kumar Bhatia||CIV||helicopter crash ove|