Gayathri – IAF SSB – The sky is the limit

Women make better pilots.” It is not a feminist declaration. Gayathri R. Nair is merely sharing with us what her flying instructors had told her.

This helicopter pilot with the Indian Air Force (IAF), now on a vacation at her home near Jagathy, believes her instructors are correct, “because women are amazing multi-taskers. They have a peripheral vision, which put them on a higher level as pilots.”
The 23-year-old computer science engineer, an alumni of Arya Central School and the LBS Institute of Technology for Women, Poojappura, is now posted with the Jamnagar unit of the IAF as a Flying Officer.
Surprisingly, Gayathri never nurtured any dreams of becoming a pilot. “My family has no defence background. I have been a great admirer of the profession since my childhood. Girls often get little encouragement when it comes to joining the armed forces. But my parents, K.G. Ramachandran Nair and Sasikala, employees with the State Bank of India, and sister Sharika (working with IBM in Bangalore) didn’t question my decision to apply for the short service commission. In fact, I’d applied for all the three streams – the Army, the Navy and the Air Force. I wanted to do something related to the engineering stream, flying never crossed my mind,” she says.
At the Services Selection Board tests in Mysore, Gayathri fulfilled the parameters for both the engineering and flying streams. She appeared for the Pilot Aptitude Battery Test, a selection format to induct potential officers into flying branch of the IAF, and got selected. “I call that a twist of fate,” Gayathri says.
04/01/12 Athira M/The Hindu

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~ by anand213 on January 16, 2012.

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