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Air Commodore Arun Dattatreya Karandikar

Service No & Branch 10865 F(P) (Orig: GD(P)) Stream :Transport
Date of Birth: 22 Aug 1946 Commissioned: 04 Jun 1967 Course: 97 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Jun 1997 Died on 13 Jun 2021 (75 Years age) Nick Name : Kandy
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 20 Jul 1986Acting Gp Capt : 23 Oct 1989Gp Capt : 01 Jul 1991Air Cmde : 01 Feb 1996
Training and Other Courses Attended
28 NDA (Cadet) - 11 Jul 196565 APFIC (Flt Lt) - 30 Jun 1978
Badges Qualified
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

- 30 Jun 1991Gp Capt10 WingJorhat Chief Operations Officer
03 Feb 1992 - 31 Jan 1996Gp CaptAirHQ Communications SquadronPalam Commanding Officer
01 Feb 1996 - 30 Jun 1997Air CmdeAir Force AcademyDundigal Deputy Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 2
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptArun Dattatreya Karandikar10865 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 1992
Details :

Gp Capt Arun Dattatraya Karandikar had been on the posted strength of one of the Transport Squadrons of the IAF since 23 Oct 89. He has flown a staggering 10850 hours without a single accident or incident. The first 10,000 hours were flown in the first twenty years, at a rate of almost 500 hours a year, continuously. This achievement, probably not duplicated by any one in the Air Force, assumes greater significance considering that a large portion of flying was undertaken on air maintenance missions over the rugged terrain of Ladakh, J&K, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizo Hills on AN-12, Dakota and now AN-32 aircraft and most of the remaining on VVIP flights.

In addition to the full times duties to coordinate the entire spectrum of flying tasks including daily air maintenance missions for two transport Squadrons and supervising the administration of two Advance Landing Grounds all by himself, he took on the major task of bringing up the base Air Defence Centre, the Intelligence room and Nav Briefing room from a practically non functional level to a fully operational level. These have since been commented on appreciatively by visiting dignitaries and DASI.

In 1973, he was commended by the CAS for successful handling a critical engine failure on a fully loaded Dakota, immediately after take off from a forward airfield in Assam. He qualified on AN-32 achieving exceptional category in just four months. He has been assessed as exceptional on all the types of aircraft he has flown. His exceptional skill in the conduct of VIP flights earned him and the Air Force praise from a number of Indian and foreign dignitaries.

For display of leadership, exceptional professional standard for more than two decades, dedication to duty and unstinted hard work towards the operational efficiency of a squadron, the President is pleased to award Vayu Seva Medal to Gp Capt AD Karandikar.

Unit : AHQ Comm Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India dated 11th April 1992 - No.29-Pres/92 dated 26th January 1992
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptArun Dattatreya Karandikar10865 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 1996Announced 26 Jan 1996
Details :

Group Captain AD Karandikar was commissioned on 04 Jun 67. He has served with distinction in various appointments. A Qualified Flying Instructor, he holds the highest category and Instrument Rating on various transport aircraft. An outstanding professional he was awarded VM in Jan 92. He was appointed Commanding Officer of Air HQ Communication Squadron in Feb 92. Under his dynamic leadership, astute planning and outstanding management abilities, the Squadron has achieved close to 100% serviceability state of a fleet comprising three different types of aircraft, namely, Boeing-737, HS748 and Mi-8 helicopters.

He initiated a special project to refurnish the fleet of HS-748 aircraft. All aircraft of the squadron carry this interior scheme which has evoked great appreciation at all levels. The recent success of the airlift effort towards the SAARC Summit held at Mashobra in May 95, including modification of the two Boeing-737 and five Mi-17 helicopters involved, were achieved directly due to the total involvement and innovativeness of the officer. Gp Capt AD Karandikar has flown a staggering 13,000 hours without a single incident/accident in his 28 years of active flying. This significant achievement stands unequalled in the history of Indian Air Force.

For distinguished service of a high order, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain AD Karandikar.

Unit : AirHQCS
Reference : GoI19960126
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