Auditors & Their Ilk

Wg Cdr CK Sharma (Retd)

If aircraft behaved, auditors were ready to help cause trouble

Sometime in the mid-sixties, auditors visited the Gnat Sqn I was in. And, soon enough, they found that two aircraft had both been refuelled after their sorties with the same amount of fuel and yet, the Autho Book as well as the F700 showed that one aircraft had done 50 minutes’ sortie whilst the other had done a 30 minutes’ sortie. This, they insisted, was a case of certain defalcation as both the aircraft had got airborne within minutes of each other.

After the initial flutter, the Flt Cdr realised what had happened: one had gone for a Hi Level Nav sortie whilst the other was on a Lo Level Nav! And yet, it took all of three hours of explanation to tell them that the rate of fuel consumption would be different at different altitudes!

2 thoughts on “Auditors & Their Ilk”

  1. Dear C.K. Sir,

    I joined 18 Sqn in Dec 76,Mid seventies,the bunch of auditors were the same.And so was the flt Cdr,yourself.We had a good crowd,Late jack pinto(rip),Satti Marwah,DDS Dhanda,Stan Khanna,Shorts Kumar(myself),Herbie David,Kamly Khanna,etc.Those were the days.Remember the Sqn Anniversary,78.Remember Herbies’farewell?During that party,he got sloshed and put Avinash oak under close arrest.Great hearing from you.Do you still speak Swahili?

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