The premier training institute of Army Aviation Corps- The Combat Army Aviation Training School (CATS) located in Nashik at Gandhinagar airfield, Nashik Road is the only institute that provides combat oriented training to army helicopter pilots who have undergone basic flying course.
The coveted ‘Aviation Wings’ to become combat army helicopter pilots were awarded to 32 aviators On Saturday (May 17). CATS trains young army officers to become effective combat helicopter pilots. In a ceremony attended by senior army officials, civil dignitaries, officers and all ranks of Nashik Road Military Station and family members of passing out course, the ‘Wings’ were awarded by Major General P K Bharali, VSM, Additional Director General, Army Aviation, who was also the chief guest on the occasion.
Officers were put through rigorous training and were tested for flying skills and knowledge in ground subjects during the 17 weeks of training.The ‘Silver Cheetah’ trophy was awarded to Captain G S Johal for standing first in overall order of merit.
The ceremony was marked by Integrated Training exercise ‘Hawk-Eye’ by army aviation helicopters, Cheetah, Chetak and Dhruv. Various missions like STIE, slithering, rescue operations were demonstrated by the army aviators of Nashik Aviation Base.
Army Aviation is the arm of the future and CATS will remain the alma-mater for all combat helicopter pilots without doubt…