Sky was the limit for them

Both younger brother Pratik Kalaichelvan, who was pursuing dentistry and the elder one Karthik, a pilot instructor in US were fond of flying as their father Alangiam P Kalaichelvan flew them around in Jakkur while he was working with Agni Aviation.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Captain Arvind Sharma, Kalaichelvan’s former colleague who teaches flying and takes care of test flying at Agni said: “Kalaichelvan’s sons were fond of flying,” adding that he was really shocked to know they perished in their own passion.
While Pratik did not choose to go in his father’s footsteps, Karthik knew exactly what he wanted.

He was flying high with Wing Commander Alangiam P Kalaichelvan, his dad beside him at all times. Eventually he rose to be come a pilot instructor. People close to the Kalaichelvan say that Kartik was highly motivated by his father.

Kalaichelvan senior is not a man of less honour. He is a former Wing Commander and a fighter pilot with the Indian Airforce, test-flying the MIG-21 for over 20-years.
He later joined Agni Aviation in 2003, where he was in-charge of pilot training, module development and had other important assignments.

Stating that Kalaichelvan had taken voluntary retirement from the Air Force, Sharma said: “He was an expert pilot and we regret he stayed with us for only eight months.”

After an eight-month stint at Agni Aviation, Kalaichelvan moved to Kingfisher Airlines (previously known as Deccan) where he is a pilot currently.

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