Avani Chaturvedi is a pilot in the Indian Air Force (AIF) who came into the limelight when she flew a MiG-21 bison in her first solo flight on the 21st of February 2018. She is the first Indian female Air Force pilot to take a solo flight in a fighter jet. She is one of the three flying officers besides Ms. Bhawana Kanth and Ms. Mohana Singh, who were inducted into the Indian Air Force fighter squadron in June 2016.
Avani Chaturvedi Quick Bio
|Birth Name||Avani Chaturvedi|
|Date of Birth||27 October 1993|
|Place of Birth||Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, India|
|Age||28 years old|
|Height||5 feet 6 inches or 168 cm|
|Weight||50 kg or 110 lbs|
|Profession||Indian Air Force (Fighter Pilot)|
|Residence||Rewa, Madhya Pradesh, India|
- Father – Dinkar Chaturvedi (Executive engineer in Water Resource Department of M.P. government)
- Mother – Unknown
- Siblings – She has one elder brother (Indian Army Personnel)
Avani Chaturvedi attended Adarsh Higher Secondary School in Deoland, a small town in Shahdol district of Madhya Pradesh. She later enrolled at the Banasthali University, Rajasthan, graduating with a degree in B.Tech (Computer Science).
Avani Chaturvedi Husband
Avni Chaturvedi married Flight Lieutenant Vineet Chikara in November 2019
Avani Chaturvedi Net Worth
Her net worth is not known. She draws a monthly salary of Rs. 1,03,638 for her work in Indian Air Force.
Avani Chaturvedi Facts
Hailing from a family of Army officers, she aspired to become an Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel since she was a child.
While pursuing her B.Tech program, she took a 6-month internship as an Associate Software Engineer at Ranosys Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
After graduation, she worked as a Software Engineer at IBM for over 3 years.
She was inspired by Army officers in her family and a brief flying experience of a few hours in the flying club of her college inspired her to join the IAF.
Avani completed her training at Hyderabad Air Force Academy.
“I got selected for flying stream and subsequently for fighter flying. I got the golden opportunity to fly two different aircraft, one very modern and advanced, and one stalwart trainer, with the best of the instructors. My dream is to become a good fighter pilot, on whom my seniors can rely when it comes to flying for live operations. I want to fly the best fighter aircraft and learn more and more each day,” Avani earlier said.
Avani still has over a year to go before she can be deployed for combat missions.
After Avani was inducted Indian Air Force fighter squadron on 18 June 2016, along with other two flying officers, she underwent rigorous training for over a year before her maiden solo flight on the 21st of February 2018.
Avani Chaturvedi has appeared in an Indian Air Force recruitment advertising campaign.
Her hobbies are playing violin, table tennis, and painting.
She is posted in Indian Air Force No. 23 Squadron Panthers in Suratgarh, Rajasthan.
Chaturvedi is the recipient of Nari Shakti Puraskar. President Ram Nath Kovin handed over the award on 9 March 2020,
*Featured Image – Indian Air Force Twitter Handle