Since its inception in 1971, Air Force Academy (AFA) at Dundigal has built a formidable reputation as the premier training institution of the Indian Air Force. It is situated 43 km from Hyderabad.
The Air Force Academy imparts training to Flying, Ground Duty (Technical) and Ground Duty (Non-technical) Branches as well as flying training to officers of the Army and Navy. It prepares you, both in mind and spirit, to take on the responsibilities of an Air Force Officer. Apart from developing the required skills, you are also trained to inculcate the service code of conduct and etiquette that are expected of an officer. The curriculum encompasses plethora of techniques like projects, case studies, On-job training, presentations, debates, book reviews, guest lectures, public speaking, drill, games, swimming, weapon training, Yoga, field craft training and cultural activities to enhance knowledge base as well as to ensure overall development of a trainee as gentleman officer.
The following are the types of training conducted at AFA:
If you have joined the Flying Branch, training is divided into Stage I, II and III. Each stage gradually takes you from fundamental to more complex levels of aviation.
Before the commencement of flying training, you will first be provided technical training on the trainer aircraft. This involves imparting theoretical understanding and then a practical demonstration on all systems of the aircraft. You will also be required to undertake a program in aviation medicine. Apart from a complete medical examination, you undergo a de-sensitisation programme to prevent/overcome airsickness with the help of Yoga. The programme also includes practical demonstrations in a high altitude simulator.
Flying training is provided to pilot trainees from National Defence Academy, the National Cadet Corps or directly from universities. Trainees other than NDA cadets are first sent to the Pre-Flying Training School at Begumpet for six months before commencing Stage –I training. After completion of Stage –I training of 24 weeks at Air Force Academy. Pilot trainees are trifurcated into Fighter, Transport and Helicopter streams. Then they undergo stage –II training of 24 weeks in their respective Flying Training Establishments. After Stage –II training, the successful pilot trainees are commissioned as Officers and undergo stage –III training. On completion of Stage –III training, they begin operational flying at the squadrons / Units assigned to them.
Air Traffic Control Officers Training
Training for Air Traffic Control Courses is conducted at the Air Traffic Officers Training Establishment (ATCOTE). The training is designed and structured on the basis of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) procedures. However, the specific military aviation requirements have been incorporated into the training syllabus.
During the Basic Air Traffic Controllers (BATCO) Course, apart from a basic theoretical understanding of the various standards and procedures, you will undergo practical training on a state of the art Visual Tower Simulator (VITOSIM).
Ground Duty Officers Training
Air Force Academy conducts specialist training for all Ground Duty (Non-technical) branches of the Indian Air Force. If you have joined the Administrative, Logistics, Accounts, Education or Meteorology branch, you will be trained at Air Force Academy for a year. The training curriculum is aimed at exposing the trainees to branch-specific professional subjects and rigorous military training in order to prepare them for a challenging career ahead.
Joint Services Training
Unity of objective, sense of mission through common efforts, inter-branch camaraderie and understanding of functions of other branches are vital requirements of military training. This is achieved through the initial phase of joint training wherein, cadets of all branches undergo common training on subjects like General Administration, management, logistics, engineering, leadership etc. covering the generic matter.
Training for Aeronautical Engineering Branches
Ground Duty (Technical) Branch trainees are imparted their initial phase of training of 22 weeks at the Academy. This includes general service training and military training.