AFS Bidar


Date Raised : 1983-09-30 Location : Bidar
Bidar airfield was built by the Nizam of Hyderabad during the unsettled conditions of 1943 -1947. It remained in disuse till activated by the Air Force with the location of No 2 Jet Training Wing in 1963. This was disbanded in 1965 and the airfield remained inactive till 1966. The Elementary Flying School, i.e. EFS was located at Bidar thereafter. This FTE was formed at Allahabad in 1963 to cater for the increased induction of pilots under the expansion programme of Air Force. While at Allahabad this FTE was known as Pilots Training establishment and was providing ab-initio training on HT-2 aircraft. In 1966, the establishment, after relocation at Bidar was renamed Elementary Flying School (EFS). However, the training pattern remained unchanged. In 1983, the role of EFS changed with the introduction of "All Through Jet Training" scheme for pilots (except those from Army). The Station was then tasked to undertake Stage-II (Advanced) phase of training on Kiran Mk-I A aircraft. Ab-initio training was shifted to AFA. In June 1988, Kiran Mk-II aircraft was inducted for Stage-II (advanced) phase of flying training as an additional squadron along with Mk-I As. In 1996, the Surya Kiran aerobatics team was also formed at AF Stn Bidar and in Sep 1999, the 955 sqn , a T-GCA sqn equipped with the RSP-10 Radar moved from Chandigarh to Bidar. Since January 2006 the Station has changed over to Stage Ill (F) Flying training on Kiran.
Unit previously existed as EFS

Commanding Officers

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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
30 Sep 83 to 19 Apr 84Group Captain Rama Nand Gautam5275 F(P)Stn CdrBidar
19 Apr 84 to 27 Jan 86Group Captain Debatosh Banerjee5800 F(P)Stn CdrBidar
29 Mar 86 to 26 Oct 88Air Commodore Manjunath Sadanand4994 F(P)AOCBidar
28 Nov 88 to 13 May 91Air Commodore Manjit Singh Sekhon6756 F(P)AOCBidar
13 May 91 to 12 Nov 92Air Commodore Swaran Singh Banga8100 F(P)AOCBidar
12 Nov 92 to 31 May 94Air Commodore Eapen Mathulla8365 F(P)AOCBidar
01 Jun 94 to 26 Dec 94Air Commodore Narayan Menon9005 F(P)AOCBidar
02 Jan 95 to 30 Dec 95Air Commodore Nirmal Thusu9033 F(P)AOCBidar
01 Feb 96 to 04 Jan 98Air Commodore Avinash Deodata Joshi10886 F(P)AOCBidar
05 Jan 98 to 04 Jan 00Air Commodore Kanwar Dalinderjit Singh12403 F(P)AOCBidar
04 Jan 00 to 03 Dec 01Air Commodore Pradeep Vasant Naik12005 F(P)AOCBidar
03 Dec 01 to 09 Jan 03Air Commodore Randhir Pratap13146 F(P)AOCBidar
09 Jan 03 to 01 Feb 05Air Commodore Ajit Singh13147 F(P)AOCBidar
01 Feb 05 to 01 May 07Air Commodore Jatinder Singh Dhillon13764 F(P)AOCBidar
01 May 09 to 01 Jun 09Air Commodore Ramesh Rai14669 F(P)AOCBidar
01 Jun 09 to 30 Dec 10Air Commodore Rajeev Hora17141 F(P)AOCBidar
30 Dec 10 to 16 Jun 13Air Commodore Sujeet Pushpakar Dharkar17841 F(P)AOCBidar
17 Jun 13 to 20 Dec 15Air Commodore Manish Khanna18554 F(P)AOCBidar
03 Jan 18 to 05 May 19Air Commodore Ashutosh Dixit18558 F(P)AOCBidar

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