Fali Major to be new IAF chief

Air Marshal Fali H Major, Air Officer-Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command, Tuesday became the first helicopter pilot to be named chief of the Indian Air Force.

Major, the seniormost Air Marshal in the IAF, will succeed Air Chief Marshal S P Tyagi when he retires on March 31, according to an official announcement.

With his appointment, the government has chosen to uphold the principle of seniority and waived the tradition of only making fighter pilots the head of the world’s fourth largest air force.

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