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Air Marshal Aravindra Singh Butola

Service No & Branch 16789 F(P) Stream :Helicopters
Date of Birth: -- --- ---- Commissioned: 04 Jun 1982 Course: 129 Course
Service End: Retired on 30 Sep 2020 Superannuated
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Sqn Ldr : 04 Jun 1993Wg Cdr : 17 May 1999Gp Capt : 01 Dec 2005Air Cmde : 01 Sep 2009
Acting AVM : 15 Oct 2012AVM : 01 Jun 2012Air Marshal : 01 Aug 2016C-in-C : 14 Oct 2019
Training and Other Courses Attended
60 NDA (Cadet) - 01 Jun 198151 NDC (Air Cmde) - 01 Dec 2011
Badges Qualified
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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

14 Jun 1999 - 17 Jun 2001Wg CdrNo.114 Helicopter UnitLeh Commanding Officer
03 Jul 2006 - 15 Mar 2009Gp Capt30 WingSarsawa (Saharanpur) Station Commander
15 Oct 2012 - 04 May 2014AVMCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Officer-in-charge Administration
05 May 2014 - 19 Jun 2016AVMAir Head QuartersDelhi Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Ops (Transport & Helicopters)
20 Jun 2016 - 31 Jul 2016AVMCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Air Staff Officer
10 Jul 2010 - No.116 Helicopter Unit Commodore Commandant
01 Aug 2016 - 26 Aug 2018Air MarshalCentral Air CommandAllahabad Senior Air Staff Officer
04 Sep 2018 - 13 Oct 2019Air MarshalAir Force AcademyDundigal Commandant
14 Oct 2019 - 30 Sep 2020Air MarshalTraining CommandBangalore Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 3
Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty)
Wg CdrAravindra Singh Butola16789 F(P)Award Date Announced 26 Jan 2002
Details : Wing Commander Arvindra Singh Butola (16789) F (P) is on the posted strength as the Commanding Officer of a Helicopter Unit, since 14 Jun 1999. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor, an Experimental Test Pilot and a graduate of Defence Services Staff College. He has more than 5200 hrs of accident/incident free flying to his credit, out of which 428 hrs have been flown in Ladakh and "Op Meghdoot" sectors of operation In the last 18 months. His Unit is the only Cheetah helicopter Unit operating in Ladakh sector. This extremely difficult area of operations, Includes the "Op Meghdoot" sector in the Siachen Glacier which has the world's highest helipads. Operations in these areas require very high levels of skill, professionalism and courage. Wg Cdr Butola has not only ensured inculcation of a high level of professionalism In the Unit personnel, but has also led from the front, setting an example for the entire unit under the most adverse and challenging situations. In addition, he has displayed the highest levels of flying skill, professionalism, management skills and leadership while commanding the unit. Apart from maintaining his unit in the highest state of operational preparedness, Wg Cdr Butola has taken initiative and keen interest In all the responsibilities assigned to him with infectious zeal and enthusiasm. True to the motto of "Service before Self", he is always ready to shoulder any responsibility, disregarding his personal requirements and comfort. He has always displayed a very high level of maturity and dedication towards the service. Wg Cdr Butola has not only displayed exceptional professional aptitude but has also been an epitome of sincerity and dedication to the service. In recognition of his exceptional professionalism and devotion to duty, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vayu Sena Medal' to Wing Commander Arvindra Singh Butola.
Unit : 114 HU
Reference : Gazette of India dated 29th June 2002 - No.118-Pres/2002 dated 26th January 2002 & AFD 2002 Investiture Booklet
Vishist Seva Medal
Gp CaptAravindra Singh Butola16789 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2005Announced 26 Jan 2005
Details :

Group Captain Arvindra Singh Butola VM (16789) F (P) was commissioned on 04 Jun 1982 in the Flying branch of the IAF. During 22 years of distinguished service, he has held important appointments which includes Flying Instructor at Basic Flying Training School (BFTS) and Helicopter Training School (HTS), Senior Test Flight Instructor at Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE), Senior Flying Instructor at Namibian Defence Force and Commanding Officer of a Cheetah Unit. He is a Qualified flying Instructor, Experimental Test Pilot and graduate of Defence Services Staff College. He has more than 6100 hrs of accident/incident free flying of which 800 hrs have been flown towards test flying various types of helicopters in last three years. He has been awarded Vayu Sena Medal for displaying exceptional professionalism and devotion to duty. Presently he is on deputation to HAL as Deputy Chief Test Pilot since 21 Jul 2001.

As a QFI and Test Pilot, Gp Capt Butola converted user pilots on ALH on its induction into the three Services during 2002-03. Concerned with sudden increase in the accident rate of Cheetah helicopters including several fatal accidents, a project was taken up by HAL to re-engine the Cheetah with Turbomeca TM-333-2M2 to increase the reliability of the helicopter and resolve other problems affecting the indispensable Cheetah fleet. This was important as no other existing helicopter could meet the stringent requirements to operate in "Siachen Glacier". Group Captain Butola as a project pilot for the reengining of Cheetah involved himself with the project from the design phase and progressed it to first flight and thereafter single handedly undertook the flight-testing of the helicopter, at Bangalore and Leh, up to certification. He used his knowledge as a test pilot and experience of having operated Cheetah extensively at high altitudes to drive the project successfully and ensured that all problems were addressed and a solution found. Subsequent to certification by CEMILAC, Group Captain Butola successfully inducted re-engined Cheetah into the "Siachen Glacier" in May 2004.

The officer has not only displayed exceptional professional aptitude but has also been an epitome of sincerity and dedication while handling the project. The success of the re-engined Cheetah and its induction into the service would not only improve the reliability and safety of Cheetah but will also significantly improve the high altitude performance and reduce the cost of operation substantially. This will give a new lease of life to the Cheetah fleet and enhance operational capability.

For his distinguished service of high order, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Arvindra Singh Butola VM.

Unit : HAL
Reference : GoI20050126
Param Vishist Seva Medal
Air MarshalAravindra Singh Butola16789 F(P)Award Date 26 Jan 2021Announced 26 Jan 2021
Details : Citation / Details Not Available
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