| Squadron Leader Vishal Mohan (27475) Flying Pilot is on the posted strength of a Helicopter Unit since 30 Jun 09. He is a unit staff pilot with more than 2000 hrs of flying experience. On 02 Oct? 09, Sqn Ldr Mohan was detailed as pilot of a helicopter operating Ex-Raichur to assist the State Govt of Karnataka in flood relief operations. During the flood relief operation and systematic search, he spotted a bus marooned in flood waters. The life of the passengers in the bus was at risk owing to its precarious position in the gushing flood waters. Sqn Ldr Mohan promptly evaluated the situation and considering its gravity, went ahead for a protracted winch operation, during which 17 passengers were lifted to safety. This protracted winch operation demanded exceptional flying skills and a thorough knowledge of the helicopter configuration and performance. The gallant action taken by Sqn Ldr Mohan proved to be extremely time critical as the bus was engulfed by the flood waters within a short span of time. On 03 act 09, Sqn Ldr Mohan was once again detailed as a co-pilot of a helicopter which was pressed in flood relief activity. During an aerial search for survivors, he noticed a man clinging on a lone tree in heavy flood waters. He assessed the situation and guided the helicopter near the survivor. Despite lack of direct visual contact with the survivor below, Sqn Ldr Mohan was able to lift the survivor to safety with his astute sense of situational awareness and effective utilisation of the cockpit resources. During both these missions, Sqn Ldr Mohan displayed a very high level of motivation, exceptional courage and professional prowess. These attributes were the key factors in ensuring the success of the missions. For these acts of exceptional courage, high degree of professionalism, Hon'ble President is pleased to award' Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry)' to Squadron Leader Vishal Mohan.