IAF manages to curb exodus

The IAF policy to tighten screws on pilots scrambling to join the much-greener pastures in civilian airlines has had the desired effect: As compared to almost 300 pilots who left the force between 2002 and 2005, only about 20 have managed to do so this year.

Latest figures show the new measures have led to a situation wherein the force is now only 210 short of its authorised strength of 3,278 pilots.

“This does not affect our operational preparedness in any way,”said a senior officer.

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