Operating Standards and Flight Safety
Safety is our most important focus in every aspect of the BLADE India experience. Below, you can read about the leading operating standards and policies that make up the BLADE safety program.
How BLADE India Selects Its Operators
The operators who own, manage, maintain and operate the helicopters have been specifically chosen to work with BLADE India based on a consistent high level of safety standards, equipment maintenance programs, and conservative operating protocols. They have been vetted by third-party rotorcraft industry experts.
All of our operators comply with the mandatory DGCA & other statutory regulations.
All passengers must supply a valid government ID for check-in at all BLADE India departure points. BLADE India collects and digitally verifies the names of all passengers, their weight, and determines the dimensions and weight of their baggage to ensure that they fall within the prescribed specifications of the operator mandates. BLADE India also assists operators in arranging passengers in within the aircraft based on considerations for center-of-gravity and size or weight of the individuals flying. Pilots make the final determinations based on the aforementioned assessments.
BLADE India reserves the right to prohibit or disembark passengers from flying who are unruly, intoxicated, disruptive, or otherwise unfit to fly in the sole determination of BLADE India and/or its operators. Our in-lounge Customer Experience Team is trained to make recommendations to our operators. Cigarette smoking, electronic cigarette smoking, and vaping are prohibited in the BLADE Lounges and on the helicopter.
BLADE India Advisors
Air Marshal VK ‘Jimmy’ Bhatia
A product of the National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, Air Marshal VK ‘Jimmy’ Bhatia was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on May 26, 1962, winning the ‘Chief of the Air Staff Medal’ for standing first in the fighter stream of his course. He has a total of 5,500 hours of flying to his credit, accumulated on approximately 20 types of fighters including Mysteres and Hunters (1960s), MiG-21s and Su-7s (1970s), MiG-23s/MiG-27s and Jaguars (1980s), and Mirage 2000s and Su-30s of the present generation, as well as on military transport aircraft and helicopters such as An-32, Avro HS-748, Dornier 228, Chetak/Cheetah, and Mi-8/Mi-17. While serving as a young Flying Officer, he was sent to be trained with the US Air Force at Nellis Air Force Base, where he earned the coveted ‘Top Gun’ trophy among other awards while undergoing ‘Combat Crew Training Course’. He has been a Qualified Pilot Attack Instructor and an Air Force Examiner.
He spent several years on flying instructional and examining duties both in India and abroad. While serving in Iraq on fighter flying instructional tenure, he conducted, single-handedly, the first ever ‘Night Strike’ course on Su-7 aircraft for Iraqi pilots. A Post Graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and the Royal College of Defence Studies, London, UK, he also led an Army/Air Force team to attend the first ever NBC Warfare Course for officers of the Indian Armed Forces at Timoschenko Academy, Moscow.
A pilot of outstanding repute, Air Marshal Bhatia held a multitude of command and staff appointments at all levels of the IAF during his illustrious career spanning more than 40 years. He has had the unique distinction of being the Commander-in-Chief of three operational commands – the Central, South-Western and Western Air Commands. Air Marshal Bhatia was awarded the Veer Chakra (VrC) twice, for striking deep into enemy territory during the wars of 1965 and 1971. He is also a recipient of the PVSM and AVSM Presidential awards for distinguished services of the highest order. Since superannuation, Air Marshal Bhatia has remained active as an analyst of national security and military/civil aviation. He is a ‘Distinguished Fellow’ at the Centre for Air Power Studies, and a member of the Executive Council of the United Service Institution of India.
He joins as the Chairman of the Advisory Board for BLADE India.
Rajan Navani is the Vice Chairman & Managing Director of the diversified Jetline Group of Companies, the roots of which originate back to the 1930’s in Bangkok, Thailand and a presence in India since 1974.
With a vision to play a key role in the digital lives of 1.3 billion Indians, the group has recently made significant investments and is building new age businesses in powering varied consumer-facing digital platforms, products and services through group company ‘Jetsynthesys’. Rajan is personally providing leadership and strategic direction to the company with operations in India, MENA, SE Asia, UK, Japan and USA. The group now has operational businesses in new age digital media, entertainment and in categories including short format video & music, gaming, classifieds, cricket, mobility, mindfulness and healthcare. The group is also building artificial intelligence and blockchain led Industry 4.0 solutions to strengthen enterprises globally. Additionally, through the combination of Jet Ventures & JetLabs, powered by ‘Garage’, the group is engaging deeply with the startup ecosystem in India, Israel, Singapore, UK, Japan & USA.
Rajan is currently the Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry’s CII National Council on Future Businesses, Chairman of the CII Council on [email protected], the Past National Chairman of the CII Young Indians and is a member of CII’s National Council. Rajan is a founding trustee of the [email protected] Foundation, through which he is working with multiple stakeholders, including government, corporates and civil society in helping build a Dream India by 2022, seventy-five years since its independence. He is the first National President of the recently constituted Indian Digital Gaming Society and is also a trustee of Aspen’s Ananta Centre in India, a fellow of the Aspen India Leadership Initiative 2011–2012 and member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, the world’s foremost group on values-based leadership across all walks of life. He is also a BMW Herbert Quandt Foundation’s Young World Leader, a CNBC India’s Young Turk and part of the ASEAN 100 Leadership Forum. Rajan is also playing an active role in helping shape the government and business US-India partnership and is a member of the Singapore-India and Israel-India Track II strategic dialogues. He is a Government of India nominated CEO of the India Japan Business Leaders Forum and is a board member of Indiaspora, a powerful network linking the Indian American Diaspora with India.