This international educational township has a reason to celebrate and Madhava Kripa School in Manipal has Sudeep Sudhakar Salian, 26, to boast about. Sudeep happens to be the first Kannadiga to be inducted as an aerospace engineering officer with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
Sudeep will work in a team of Boeing engineers, looking after the F-18 aircraft.His father, U Sudhakar Salian, an officer at the Syndicate Bank and mother Yashvanti S Salian, an associate professor of commerce at MGM College, Udupi, were in celebratory mood when DNA spoke to them.
“Sudeep was always a bright kid. Right from his days in Madhava Kripa, we had seen in him the unique qualities and left no stone unturned to equip him with knowledge and physical endurance. He also studied in MGM College, Udupi, where he completed his pre-university education,” said the parents.
Sudeep shaped his future on the foundation laid in these colleges. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Engineering, Mysore, before proceeding to Australia for his post-graduate degree in Product Development and Computational Fluid Dynamics from Deacon University.
He then became an Australian resident.In his years as a student, Sudeep not only excelled in academics, but was good at sports too. Athletics, swimming, basketball and badminton were some of the games he liked. When in SSLC, he had won the President’s medal for scout activities.
He began working as a design engineer in Australia. After five rounds of interviews, he was appointed the flying officer in the aerospace engineer department of RAAF.
“It is a nice role wherein I have to make technical decisions on engineering changes such as modifications to equipment, system safety and approval of structural repairs. The best part of the job is working with cutting-edge technology and continuing professional development over a wide spectrum,” Sudeep said in a statement sent to his alma mater.
The Philippine Air Force will soon set up its regional tactical operation group headquarters at the Bacolod-Silay Airport in Negros Occidental.
The PAF in the Western Visayas presently has its Tactical Operation Group-6 headquarters in Iloilo.
The establishment of the Air Force TOG-6 headquarters at the Bacolod-Silay Airport was endorsed by Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who requested for approval and authority from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to sign the memorandum of agreement by and between the province of Negros Occidental and the PAF.
The TOG-6 headquarters will house PAF air assets, such as helicopter gunship, war and cargo air transport planes. The Air Force headquarters in Region 6 was proposed to be transferred from Iloilo to Negros Occidental during the stint of retired General Victor Ibrado, then commander of the AFP Central Command.
The proposed MOA stipulated that the provincial government will acquire four hectares of land within or near the vicinity of the Bacolod-Silay Airport in Brgy. Bagtic, Silay City, while the PAF will undertake the development of the area, construction and maintenance of structures, and facilities.
The MOA also states that the PAF will give Negros Occidental priority in extending assistance, or preference to the needs of the province in times of emergency, calamity and similar circumstances, when its services may be needed.
The establishment of an Air Force headquarters at the Bacolod-Silay Airport was welcomed by military officials in Negros island, who have to request for air support, either from Cebu or Iloilo in times of emergency crisis and tactical operations against lawless groups.*GPB
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Maj. Gen. William N. McCasland, most recently assigned to the Pentagon, was promoted on Friday to commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
The AFRL is responsible for the Air Force’s science and technology budget of nearly $2 billion, and has 5,800 employees across the country.
Brig. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., already at Wright-Patterson as director and program executive officer for the fighters and bombers directorate of the Aeronautical Systems Center, was promoted to commander of the Air Force Security Assistance Center.
The Security Assistance Center is responsible for sales and support for more than 170 models of aircraft. It also handles foreign military sales in support of U.S. allies and NATO organizations.
McCasland, who joined the Air Force in 1979 as a graduate of the Air Force Academy, has an extensive background in engineering, space research, acquisition and logistics. His most recent assignment was director of special programs in the office of under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.
Scott Kozlak took a Sean Bertsch pass on the right wing and clinked it off the left post and into the net with 1:16 remaining to give Air Force a 3-2 win over Niagara on Friday night.
It was only Kozlak’s third goal of the season, but the game-winner moved the Falcons (12-10-6, 10-6-6 Atlantic Hockey Association) past the Purple Eagles (15-11-3, 12-9-1) into third place in the AHA standings. Air Force is 2-0 against Niagara this season and defeated the Purple Eagles for just the second time at Cadet Ice Arena in their last 13 meetings there.
“I heard the post first and then saw the net move, and it was a great feeling,” Kozlak, who also had an assist, said of the game-winner. “I saw the low blocker was a little open, so I shot and it hit the post and went in. It felt like a playoff atmosphere tonight.”
The series with Niagara is a crucial one for Air Force, as the teams are fighting for playoff positioning with just five regular-season games remaining.
“This is playoff hockey,” Air Force coach Frank Serratore said. “We played a very, very good game and, in my opinion, we were the better team tonight. I couldn’t have been happier with the performance, and we got off to the start we needed to. If we take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves.”
Air Force took a 2-1 lead with 16:02 remaining when Bertsch, of Woodland Park, deposited a Tim Kirby rebound into the net, but Niagara’s Bryan Haczyk knotted the game at 2-2 two minutes later, beating Falcons goalie Jason Torf on a breakaway.
The Falcons got on the scoreboard first, on a first-period power play goal by Derrick Burnett, who redirected a Adam McKenzie shot past Niagara’s netminder Cody Campbell — a Pine Creek High School graduate. Niagara tied it on a goal by at Matt Williams.
Air Chief Marshal PV Naik has said that increasing and mordernising the fleet is the primary focus of Indian Air Force (IAF).
Addressing a press conference at the Aero India 2011 here on Thursday, Air Chief Marshal Naik said: "We are looking for a fifth generation aircraft. We are looking for an aircraft which is capable of super supercruise, capable of very potent long range weapons, capable of higher level of avionic shall, which are not there in a fourth generation aircraft and which technology permits you to have. 2017 is the expected induction date. Our plan is to have about 200-250 of them, not more."
He said that every country has the right to develop their strength. Pakistan and China are developing their Air Force, so is India.
"As far as exercises with China are concerned, I am not aware of any such proposal whether it was accepted or rejected. As far as Pakistani Air Force is concerned, every country is a sovereign country, they have full right to develop their own strengths, they have full right to develop and indulge in their own weaknesses. So, if they are developing their Air Force, so are we," he said.
Both countries have equal right to develop their Air Forces. As far as threat perception is concerned, military minds are told to analyse each and everything, however small or big, which affects the development of the country. So, we analyse everything which is small or big and we plan accordingly," he added.
Naik said IAF is in the process of acquiring helicopters of different types and size in the next couple of years. It is acquiring 12 AW 101 VVIP helicopters, trials for 22 attack choppers have been completed, 80 Mi-17 IV helicopters are being inducted and 50 odd would be added in near future, trials for 12 heavy-lift choppers are also in the final stage and would be completed soon.
On the upgrades to be carried out on the Su-30MKI, Air Chief Marshal Naik said the aircraft would have state-of-the-art equipment and HAL, DRDO and Russian manufacturers were involved in the development of the Aesa radar also for the air superiority fighter.