Sub-lieutenant Shivangi becomes First Woman Pilot of Indian Navy
Shivangi Swaroop has become the first woman pilot to fly Indian Navy fixed-wing Dornier surveillance planes. She has joined the Indian Navy as the first female pilot on December 2, 2019. She will be involved in Operation Duty in Kochi.
Sub-lieutenant Shivangi is from Muzaffarpur in Bihar. She has done her studies from DAV Public School. After completing school education, Lieutenant Shivangi did B.Tech from Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology.
Joined Navy as SAC Pilot
Shivangi was included as a SAC (Pilot) under the 27 NOC course at the Indian Naval Academy. She was formally made part of the Navy by Vice Admiral AK Chawla in June last year. Now Shivangi will fly surveillance aircraft. These surveillance aircraft are sent on short-range maritime missions. There are many devices like advanced surveillance radars, electronic sensors and networking are equipped on these aircraft. The Navy's aviation wing has several women officers posted as air traffic controllers and observers. Shivangi is undergoing training in Southern Command and will be allowed to fly Dornier aircraft on December 2.
Bhawna Kanth: First IAF Pilot
Bhawna Kanth became the first woman pilot of the Indian Air Force this year after qualifying all the required tests. Apart from Bhawna, Mohana Singh and Avni Chaturvedi also became fighter pilots. Also, the first batch of 100 women soldiers in the Indian Army will join in 2021. These women soldiers will be commissioned in the Indian Army Corps of Military Police.
About Dornier surveillance aircraft
Dornier (DO-228) aircraft are manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). HAL DO-228 aircraft is India’s lightweight maritime surveillance aircraft. It is also known as multipurpose aircraft because of its specifications and qualities. It plays a significant role with various abilities like Commuter Transport, Cargo & Logistics Support, Remote Sensing Applications, Pollution Prevention, Calibration of airport NAV-COM Aids, Search and Rescue and Aerial Survey.