Apr 6, 2012

Civil Aviation Minitature Sheet FDC from INDIA

FDC Name:Civil Aviation
Issue Date:14th MAR'2012
On 18 February, 1911 the first commercial civil aviation flight took place in India between Allahabad and Naini, a distance of 6 miles when Henri Piquet carried 6500 mails on a Humber biplane. This is considered to be the world’s first airmail service and the beginning of civil aviation in India.

· In December 1912, the Indian State Air Services in collaboration with UK based Imperial Airways introduced the London -Karachi - Delhi flight, the first International flight to and from India.

· In 1915 Tata Sons Ltd. started regular air mail services between Karachi and Madras and on January 24, 1920 Royal Airforce started regular airmail services between Karachi and Bombay.

· Construction of Civil Airports in India started in 1924. Constructions began in Calcutta at Dum Dum, Allahabad at Bamrauli and in Bombay in Gilbert Hill.

· April 1927 saw the setting up of a separate Department of Civil Aviation to look after all civil aviation matters. That year also saw the establishment of Aero Club of India.

· In February 1929, JRD Tata was awarded the first pilot license by Federation Aeronautique International on behalf of the Aero Club of India and Burma. The same year Aga Khan announced a solo air race between London and Bombay. There were three participants - JRD Tata, Man Mohan Singh and Aspy Merchant . The race was won by Man Mohan Singh.

· Lt.Col. Shelmerdine was appointed first Director general of Civil Aviation(DGCA) in 1931 to look after civil aviation regulatory issues.
Lot of activities in between and at present India is the 9th largest aviation market in the world with 82 operational airports, 735 aircraft, 12 operational scheduled airlines and 121 non-scheduled operators.  The number of air passengers traveling in India is expected to cross 50 million this year.
Remark:Nice FDC & Miniature Sheet with correct size to fit on FDC.After long time India Post has come up in correct size.The first day cancellation is also good.Thanks to the designer Alka Sharma.

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