Bal Bhawan gets flight simulator; IAF video game launched
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa launches a new 3D mobile-based video game 'Indian Air Force: A Cut Above' based on the missions of the force
National Bal Bhawan getss IAF pavilion with flight simulator
A special pavilion, which also has a flight simulator, was inaugurated here on Wednesday by Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal.
After opening the IAF's facilitation-cum-publicity pavilion at the National Bal Bhawan, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), he said, "The pavilion will shape the dreams of students to become pilots in the IAF."
Later, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa launched a new 3D mobile-based video game 'Indian Air Force: A Cut Above' based on the missions of the force.
Pokhriyal, accompanied by the IAF chief, was given a tour of the pavilion. He also tried the flight simulator. The pavilion, the second in Delhi, after the one at T3 terminal of the airport, is a unique, technologically advanced set-up comprising of a flight simulator, a self-interactive career information kiosk, panel on history of the IAF, and various exhibits, including models of fighter jets, like the Mirage-2000, Rafale, Sukhoi, Jaguar, a senior official said.
Addressing a gathering of students drawn from different schools at the Bhawan's amphitheatre, Pokhriyal asked how many of them wanted to become IAF pilots.
"This place is a children's heaven and the IAF has today given children a special gift. Enthusiastic children who enter this pavilion, will be inspired to join the IAF, when they grow up. This special pavilion will help shape their dreams, and churn out pilots for India," he said to applause.
The Union minister also said he will request Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat to set up an Army-themed pavilion.
The Bhawan, located in a sprawling campus near the Income Tax Office (ITO) traffic intersection, already has a fighter aircraft Ajeet and a military tank Vijayanta, installed near the main entrance.
"Armed forces symbolise the pinnacle of patriotism, and the IAF chief is here amidst us, who is guiding the IAF. India was a 'vishwa guru' and, and in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make aNew India, we have to work hard to make that dream a reality for our nation, Pokhriyal said.
Dhanoa after releasing the mobile game, which comprises 10 missions, said as a military commander of the IAF, 'it is my job to inspire you to join the Air Force.'.
"You can enter the IAF through the National Defence Academy (NDA) or through graduate entry. Also, to inspire girls, we have made all departments and branches of the IAF open to women officers," he said.
He said, in the IAF, the force operates cutting-edge technology and it is a profession of leadership.
The mobile game also has a segment on career navigation, where students can learn about the career options available in the IAF, he said.
The IAF operates facilitation-cum-publicity pavilions at Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad as well, another senior officer said.
In Hyderabad, we have one at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. In Mumbai also, we are in the process of opening another one at Science City, he said.
Through the pavilion at the National Bal Bhawan, the idea is to connect to more than 7.5 lakh children visiting the venue annually, and showcase the prowess of the IAF, the officer said.