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Air Commodore Praveen Chander Chopra

Service No & Branch 10883 F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 04 Jun 1967 Course: 97 Course
Service End: Retired on 31 Jan 2002 Superannuated
Qualifications Held : Instructor Rating: A2
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Wg Cdr : 20 Jul 1986Gp Capt : 26 Aug 1991Acting Air Cmde : 21 Apr 1997Air Cmde : 03 Feb 1997
Training and Other Courses Attended
28 NDA (Cadet) - 11 Jul 196535 DSSC (Sqn Ldr) - 24 Nov 1979
Badges Qualified
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Sqn Ldr
Notes:1)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 2)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

15 Jul 1985 - 22 Jun 1987Wg CdrNo.116 Helicopter UnitJodhpur Commanding Officer
01 Jan 1988 - 31 Mar 1989Wg CdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Flying Instructor
01 Apr 1989 - 01 Jun 1991Wg CdrFlying Instructors SchoolTambaram Chief Flying Instructor
12 Aug 1991 - 10 Aug 1992Gp CaptFixed Wing Training FacultyYelahanka Chief Instructor (Flying)
29 Jun 1992 - 26 Feb 1996Gp CaptNo.48 SquadronChandigarh Commanding Officer
- 26 Jun 1999Air Cmde3 WingPalam (Delhi) Air Officer Commanding
- Air CmdeWestern Air CommandDelhi Air-II
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Vayu Sena Medal
Gp CaptPraveen Chander Chopra10883 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

Articles from Main Site

69th Pilots Course and 4 Squadron AF by Sqn Ldr P C Chopra VrC -
101 Squadron and COO Hashimara by Sqn Ldr P C Chopra VrC -

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