Sania Mirza: News is trending in social media since this morning. It is reported that Sania Mirza, a resident of Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh, has become the country’s first Muslim fighter pilot. The first question about this trending news is whether it is true? So the answer is – no.
Sania Mirza will not only have to wait a long time of 4 years to fulfill her dream of becoming a fighter pilot but will also have to make a place in merit by keeping her performance better during NDA training. Let us tell you today the whole journey from selection in NDA to becoming a fighter pilot.
Actually, after the selection in NDA, the branch of the candidate is decided. Candidates selected for the Flying Branch are sent for training at the National Defense Academy (NDA), Pune. Here all the candidates of the Flying Branch undergo a three-year training as Air Force Cadets.
In NDA, there is combined training for the candidates selected for the Flying Branch and the candidates selected for the Army-Navy Branch. The duration of this combined training is 3 years. The purpose of joint training here is to promote joint skills among the three services of defense, so this training is the same for all.
In the last phase of joint training in NDA, Air Force cadets are given basic flight training of 6 months. After passing out from the NDA, Air Force cadets are sent to the Indian Air Force Academy, Dundigal, Telangana for flight training. The duration of flight training at the Indian Air Force Academy, Dundigal is one year.
At the end of the year, merit is prepared on the basis of the candidate’s merit and skill. On the basis of this merit, the stream of cadets who complete the training is decided, it is here that it is determined whether the cadet will become a fighter pilot, will fly a helicopter, or will become a transport pilot. Yes, the choice of the cadets is also taken into consideration while deciding the stream.
Sania Mirza of Mirzapur is currently selected for NDA. They will have to train in the National Defense Academy for the first three years. After this, one year’s flying training has to be completed at the Indian Air Force Academy. During the training, they have to prove their skills and abilities, only then their dream of becoming a fighter pilot will come true.