Women have been flying helicopters and transport aircraft since 1991. On June 18, 2016, three women were commissioned into the elite group of fighter pilots at the Air Force Academy, Dundigal. Flying Officers Avani Chaturvedi, BhawanaKanth and Mohana Singh were from a batch of 130 flight cadets that included 22 women. They were the first three women cadets who were cleared for flying fighter aircraft and they trained with the rest of the batch at the Indian Air Force base in Hakempet. The cadets flew 55 hours on Stage 1 basic trainer, Pilatus PC 7. Then, they trained on Stage II Kiran Mark II.
Finally, they trained on Advanced Jet Trainers. They were tested to take more than 5G+ or more than five times the gravitational pull on the body while flying. Initially, their duties will be limited to protecting Indian skies in combat air patrols. They will not fly over enemy territory.