Hina Jaiswal Becomes Indian Air Force’s First Woman Flight Engineer
A new history is made with India getting its first women Flight Engineer in Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal. Hina Jaiswal completed a six-month Flight Engineer course on February 15 from 112 helicopter unit, Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru, reported NDTV. She will be posted to a helicopter squadron where she will monitor and operate Indian Air Force’s complex aircraft in difficult situations like those in Siachen Glacier to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Jaiswal showed great dedication, unflinching commitment: Release
A Flight Engineer is a crew member of an aircraft’s flight. He/she is a specialist in various skill set, who operates and monitors complex aircraft systems after clearing the tests of stressful conditions.
Since her childhood, Hina Jaiswal wanted to become an aviator and soldier. She did her school in Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22. Hina completed her engineering in electronics from University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) in Punjab. She was commissioned on January 5, 2015.
She described her achievement as a “dream come true”. Her Mother is a homemaker and her father recently retired from Principal Controller of Defence Accounts (PCDA), in New Delhi, as reported by The News Minute.
Hina Jaiswal went under extensive training during her course, and indulged in giving a tough competition to her counterparts. She showed great dedication, unflinching commitment and perseverance according to the release.
The Logical Indian Take
Indian defence forces have taken several steps to become gender inclusive over the past few decades. Indian Air force has 13.09 per cent of women officers, which is the highest among the all three defence forces in India. Indian Navy Force has 6% women officers and Indian Army has only 3.80% of women officers.
Since 1993, the Indian Air Force has commissioned women in the officers’ cadre and successfully inducted them as pilots also.
The Logical Indian congratulates Jaiswal for breaking the glass ceiling and for inspiring other girls into believing that dreams and aspirations know no bounds.