Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List for the FIS

A total of 2 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 2 |
Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Madhava Krishna Khashav 5119 F(P)Unit : Flying Instructors School  Award Date 26 Jan 70 Announced 26 Jan 70
Details :

Squadron Leader Madhavakrish Khashav (5119) General Duties (Pilot) has been a senior instructor at the Flying Instructors' School since November 1966. He has flown a total of 3500 hours inclusive of 2000 hours of accident free instructional flying. He also holds an A-2 instructor category. Through his preserving effort and inspiration, many unpromising pilot have qualified as Q.F.Is and are doing well in their instructional duties. In addition to training commitments, Squadron Leader Khashav has also successfully organized various flight safety programmes with remarkable results.

Squadron Leader Khashav has rendered valuable service of considerable significance to the Air Force.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1970 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sqn Ldr Rajesh Purohit 19170 F(P)Unit : Flying Instructors School  Award Date 26 Jan 00 Announced 26 Jan 00
Details :

Squadron Leader Rajesh Purohit (19170) F (P) is on the posted strength of a Air Force Station since 01 Jul 96. While on attachment of FIS, AF on 21 Apr 99 he was authorised to fly a sortie on HPT32 aircraft with Sqn Leader Milind Kumar (20479) F (P) as Co-Pilot. After take off, while climbing through 450 m, he heard a loud bang and experienced loss of power. Correctly analysing that the engine had failed and realising that he was below the minimum bail out height, he picked up a field for forced landing and turned immediately towards it. The approach to the field had obstructions in the form of tall trees and a boundary wall. Squadron Leader R Purohit maneuvered the aircraft towards the only gap available between the trees and boundary wall and successfully force landed the aircraft. During the landing roll he maneuvered clear of obstructions and managed to stop with only with left tyre deflated.

Squadron Leader R Purohit handled the emergency in a cool and professional manner displaying clarity of thought. His precise and correct actions in the face of a grave emergency resulted in the aircraft being landed safely. This would help the investigating agencies to ascertain the exact cause of engine failure. Squadron Leader R Purohit saved the aircraft from what could have been a serious accident.

For his professionalism and distinguished service, the Hon'ble President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Squadron Leader R Purohit.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 2000 Number: 

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