KARACHI: Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force, has been elected Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society in a ceremony held at PAF Air War College Faisal today.
Air Marshal (Retd) Salim Arshad, the President of the Society in Pakistan, handed over the Diploma of Fellowship to Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt. While addressing the ceremony, Air Marshal Salim Arshad hoped that the Air Chief’s personal involvement in the work of the Society would enhance the standards in all aerospace disciplines in the country.
The award of Fellowship to the Air Chief by the prestigious Royal Aeronautical Society is the recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Aerospace Industry. This award has not only elevated his stature but also brought laurels to the country in general and Pakistan Air Force in particular.
While addressing the audience, the Air Chief said,“ I thank the Royal Aeronautical Society for electing me as fellow of the society. It’s almost one and half (1 ½ ) century that society has been contributing significantly towards aviation industry like it did in World War II by putting together aviation experts to advice for advancements. Few years ago the society has started simulating emergencies to device emergency procedures for the safer future of aviators. As Pakistan has embarked upon the journey of indigenization by producing aircraft’s like K-8 and JF-17 (Thunder), so she has to take advantage of the concept of integrating think tanks and experts of aviation. He further said that, “I also support the suggestion of society to open its branches in other cities of Pakistan and urge members of aviation fraternity to work for the cause”.
On this occasion the Royal Aeronautical Society also displayed a presentation on the evolution of aeronautical industry during the last 100 years. Founded in 1866, the Royal Aeronautical Society is the oldest and highly respected aeronautical institution of the world, which is at the forefront of aerospace developments in the world. The ceremony was attended by Senior Officers of the Armed Forces, Civil Aviation Authority, Senior Executives of Airlines, Members of the Royal Aeronautical Society in Pakistan and prominent people from all walks of life.
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