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The State of Jammu and Kashmir nestles between the lofty Himalayas to the North and Northeast, down to the plains bordered by the Ravi River to the South and the Southeast. Because of the varied terrain obtaining in the state, surface communications are long and arduous and the need had been felt for long to have an aviation organization set up under the direct control of the State Government. The induction of helicopters initially was done to facilitate movement of VIPs for meeting various administrative and public commitments of these dignitaries such a His Excellency the Governor (HEG) and the Hon’ble Chief Minister (HCM) and senior government and police functionaries. With the onset of militancy in the state this need grew manifold, urging the induction of another helicopter to facilitate the frequent movement of the state VIPs and other state functionaries. For frequent meetings and consultations with members of the Central Government and to afford greater flexibility towards the timings of their movement, a fixed wing plane Super King Air-350(B-300) was acquired in 1997 to undertake long distance flights both within and outside the state. The fleet was modernized with the induction of the first Bell-407 helicopter in March 2001 followed by twin engine Helicopter Agusta -109E in 2006.

The main objective of the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) is to provide safe, efficient and coordinated air service to the J&K state VIPs, officials and visiting dignitaries from outside the state as per orders and instructions received from the state government. The detailed objectives of the Civil Aviation Department are enumerated ahead.

* To establish, maintain, operate and provide non-scheduled air services for carriage of the Jammu and Kashmir state government functionaries, civilians, visiting dignitaries from outside the state and any other person(s) as ordered by the state Govt.

  • To undertake mercy missions and causality evacuation and also to operate non-scheduled passenger (commercial) flights on specific clearance from the state government subject to validity of non-scheduled operator’s Permit (NSOP).
  • To provide air connectivity to areas which get cut-off during winters, with the state Helicopters.
  • To coordinate with Ministry of Defense, Govt. of India and Indian Air force for providing airlift to civilians from Ladakh region and people residing in North Kashmir and Wadwan valley of Kishtwar district.
  • To advice the state govt. on all aviation related matters.
  • To plan and create aviation infrastructure as per state aviation perspective plan in order to improve air connectivity and create infrastructure to promote Heli- tourism.
  • To deal with various types of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft as acquired from time to time on orders from the state government, along with spares, accessories and commodities required for running the service of such aircraft.