KARACHI - Chief of Pakistan Air Force Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman yesterday was elected as fellow of the royal aeronautical society in a ceremony held at PAF Air War College.

The fellowship by the prestigious Royal Aeronautical Society is recognition of Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman’s outstanding contributions to the Aerospace Industry. The coveted award has brought laurels to the country in general and Pakistan Air Force in particular.

President Royal Aeronautical Society in Pakistan Air Marshal (r) Salim Arshad, handed over the Fellowship Certificate to Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman.

While addressing the ceremony, Air Marshal Salim Arshad hoped that the Air Chief’s personal involvement in the work of Society would enhance standards in all aerospace disciplines in the country.

While addressing at the occasion, the Air Chief said, “In recent past, the sphere of aviation has seen tremendous developments, and the society since its inception in 1866 has come a long way in promotion of highest professional standards in the field of aviation. In view of the outstanding contributions made by the society towards enhancing standards in all disciplines of aerospace, I am sure our interaction with the society will be fruitful for the PAF as well as the Aviation Industry of Pakistan.” He further said, “Being a modern Air Force, PAF is fully focused on developing its human resource and assets. No doubt, today it has attained a significant measure of self-reliance to meet our operational requirements. PAF’s lead role in operation Zarb-e-Azb, in synergy with the sister services has got tremendous success in our fight against terrorists and the whole nation is proud of it. It has also got a wide acclaim throughout the world.”  

The ceremony was attended by Senior Officers of the Armed Forces, Civil Aviation Authority, Senior Executives of Airlines and members of the Royal Aeronautical Society in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, the opening ceremony of Inter Squadron Armament Competition was held at an Operational PAF Base. Air Marshal Saeed Muhammad Khan, Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force was the chief guest at the occasion. 

The basic aim of the competition is to evaluate the Operational Readiness of PAF Fighter Squadrons by generating competitive environment and assess weapon system performance in academic/ tactical weapon delivery profiles. All fighter Squadrons of the PAF are participating in this event. Each Squadron will be represented by a team of four pilots to fly air to ground mission in a competitive environment.

The competition will continue for 15 days. The Squadron with highest score in the competition will be awarded with Armament Competition Trophy while the Pilot with the highest score will receive the coveted Sher Afgan Trophy. At the end of the competition, a Fire Power Demonstration by all PAF Fighter aircraft will also be held.