Abhay Ashvin, a 24 year-old student pilot from Bengaluru, was crowned the winner of the month-long Gripen Warriors contest that was held by Saab India right before Aero India 2019.
As the grand prize of the contest, Abhay, who is also a DGCA certified Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) examiner, will be visiting Linköping in Sweden, the home of Gripen.
The Gripen Warrior challenge involved an online test of aviation knowledge and flight simulation. The contest had three difficulty stages- Amateur, Professional, and Ace. The contest drew nearly 2,000 participants across 27 states. In the final round of the Ace level, the five finalists got a chance to operate the Gripen Aircraft Cockpit Simulator at Aero India 2019.
“The aircraft performed exactly as it was told,” says Abhay. “It was my first time on a fighter jet simulator and it was an amazing experience,” he adds.