3 microlight aircraft journey across the country

SHILLONG: In its bid to break previous world records, a team of six pilots has started a unique journey of travelling all over the country, in the air, in microlight aircraft of Army Aero Nodal Centre (AANC) Gaya.

The six-member team in three aircraft touched down at Umroi airport on Tuesday afternoon after covering a journey of over 3000 kilometres.

AANC is, under the aegis of Army Adventure Wing, conducting an All India Microlight Flying Expedition that passes through all state capitals and union territories.

Speaking to media persons after touchdown, team leader Lt Col BM Talwar said, “We cover around 900 to 1000 kilometres in a day and are planning to cover around 15000 to 18000 kilometres at the end of our journey.”

The expedition was flagged off on November 19 from Gaya and will culminate with an Aero show on December 8 to coincide with the 9th re-union and celebrations of 250 years of Army Service Corps at Bangalore.

The team is undertaking the expedition in three microlight aircraft namely Zen Air, X-Air (F) and X-Air (Hanuman).

During the expedition, the team will attempt to create a number of records including the longest distance covered in a single day and in 13 days in formation, the longest distance covered in North- East India in four days, and the largest under-slung banner during the Air Show at Bangalore.

The team was accorded a warm welcome at Umroi Airport and received by Deputy Commandant of Umroi Military Station, Rana Pratap Kalita, Several school students had also gathered there for a glimpse of the ‘microlight’ aircraft.

After leaving Shillong, the expedition left for Imphal, Manipur.