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Dundigul Airport

Air Force Academy(AFA) INDIA
Airport type Military
Operator Indian Air Force
Location Hyderabad (India)
Elevation AMSL 2,013 ft / 614 m
Coordinates 17°37′38″N 078°24′12″E / 17.62722°N 78.40333°E / 17.62722; 78.40333Coordinates: 17°37′38″N 078°24′12″E / 17.62722°N 78.40333°E / 17.62722; 78.40333
Direction Length Surface
ft m
10R/28L 6,800 2,073 Asphalt
10L/28R 8,250 2,515 Concrete

Dundigal Air Force Academy (ICAO: VODG) is located at Hyderabad, in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India.

The Air Force Academy is located at Dindigul, about 25 km away from the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. This is a home for the officer trainees who learn the ropes of their chosen specialisation and more importantly are nurtured to become capable leaders. After one year's training, officer cadets are commissioned into various branches of the IAF. Their curriculum at Dindigul provides a common ground where a foundation is laid to prepare them for the different tasks which are intrinsic to a modern air force. It is here that the in-experienced youth are trained to learn flying through successive stages. Those who pass out as fighter pilots get the opportunity to serve in front-line combat squadrons equipped with SU-30, MiG-29, MiG-27, MiG-23, MiG-21, Mirage-2000 and Jaguar aircraft. For those interested in flying transport aircraft, the IAF offers the very best in the form of the heavy multi engined IL-76 aircraft and the versatile twin engined multi role AN-32 transport aircraft, besides HS-748 and the Dornier light utility transport aircraft.

Yet another exciting option for pilot trainees at the academy is to opt for helicopters. By joining the helicopter fleet, the trainees learn to fly at tree top heights and landing in small and unexplored remote areas. The curriculum also includes flying helicopter gunships, giant MI-26 heavy-lift choppers, casualty evacuation, para dropping of troops and air lifting of supplies. These are very important tasks performed both during war and peace.

The academy imparts specialist training to young men and women who shoulder responsibility as leaders in other key areas of air force operations. These are administrative, air controlling, meteorological, logistics, accounts and education branches. Irrespective of their chosen fields, all cadets are on the PT ground in synchronous movement to the beat of the drill master's drums. Swimming, horse riding, field and indoor games are all included in the evening routine. These activities help the leaders to meet the physical standards expected of soldiers. It is here that they develop qualities of esprit de corps so essential for military leaders.


The Academy provides training in flying and ground subjects for flight cadets and officers of the Indian Navy and Army as well as the Coast Guard. Officers from friendly foreign countries are also occasionally trained at the Air Force Academy.

The following are the types of training conducted at the academy:

Flying Training If you have joined the Flying Branch, training is divided into Stage I, II and III. Each stage gradually takes you from fundamental to more complex levels of aviation. It is during Stage III that pilots are sent for specialisation on Fighter, Helicopter or Transport aircraft.

Air Traffic Control Officers' Training The training at the Air Force Academy for Air Traffic Control is designed on the basis of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) procedures. These have, however been altered to suit the military aviation requirements.

Ground Duty Officers' Training Ground Duty Officers' Training conducts specialist training for all non-technical branches of the Indian Air Force. If you have joined the Administrative, Logistics, Accounts, Education or Meteorology division, you will be trained at the Air Force Academy before joining the Air Force as Ground Duty Officers.

Joint Services Training Cadets of the Flying, Technical and the Ground Duty Branches are imparted Joint Services Training here for six weeks. Thereafter, cadets selected for entry into the Aeronautical Engineering Branches are sent to the Air Force Technical College at Jalahalli, Bangalore. Training includes common service subjects like administration and service knowledge.

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General Info
Country India
Time UTC+5:30
Latitude 17.627178
17° 37' 37.84" N
Longitude 78.403361
078° 24' 12.10" E
Elevation 2013 feet
614 meters
Type Military
Magnetic Variation 001° W (01/06)
Operating Agency MILITARY


ID Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
10R/28L 6800 x 150 feet
2073 x 46 meters
10L/28R 8250 x 150 feet
2515 x 46 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
NDB DG DUNDIGUL - 327 2.0 NM 197.0

Fuel 100/130 octane gasoline, leaded, MIL-L-5572F (GREEN)

OPR HOURS Opr SR-SS Mon-Sat; 2 hr PN Sun, hol.

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