AJAY KUMAR LOHANY
Aeronautical Engineer (Avionics) & Flight Test Engineer
Senior Management Professional – Indian Airforce (Flight Testing & Instrumentation)
R&D and Technical Management Program Management System Engineering
Characterized as a visionary and strategist with excellence in aircraft systems engineering, analysis, design, integration, evaluation & flight testing with hands-on experience in program management, R&D implementation, technology incubation and capacity development with focus on operational efficiency
~ Aircraft & Systems Engineering ~ Research & Development ~ Technical Management
~ Program Management ~ Change Management ~ Cross-functional Coordination
~ Flight Testing & Evaluation ~ Stakeholder/Risk Management ~Technical Training
~ RFIs/RFPs & Bid Evaluation ~ Defence Procurement & offset Contracts ~ Flying experience on military ac
A result-oriented professional offering more than 26 years of a successful career in aerospace domain with diverse roles distinguished by commended performance in managing the complete life cycle of aircraft systems engineering, design, integration, techno-commercial operations, cost optimization, resource management & evaluation
Excellence in aircraft systems engineering, design, integration, evaluation and flight testing in the Indian Air Force (IAF)
Proven track record of coordinating project schedules and execution with technical teams to ensure timely and quality deliveries
Skilled in managing multiple state-of-the-art projects on system design and capability enhancement, involving preparation of proposals, issue of RFIs/RFPs, bid evaluation, system engineering, software/hardware design implementation, evaluation and product delivery
Key role in controlling and managing IAF program on Network Centric Warfare in collaboration with researchers & developers using design & development of state-of-the-art tactical data link from its conceptual stage to delivery.
Expert in conducting classroom and online user training sessions, developing excellent relationships with key business stakeholders, customizing aircraft engineering applications while ensuring timely allocation of appropriate manpower for various engineering projects
A strategist & implementer with recognized proficiency in accomplishing corporate plans and goals successfully
Since Sep’88 Indian Air Force (IAF)
Sep’88 – Jun’03 Commanding Officer and Communication Systems Engineer in IAF
Jun’03 – Nov’09 Flight Test Engineer with specialization in Avionics and Instrumentation systems in IAF
Nov’09 – Dec’11 Program Manager & Flight Test Engineer as Joint Director at Air HQs (IAF)
Dec’11- Dec’13 Flight Test Engineer (Avionics) for the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Program
Dec’13 – Dec’14 Senior Technical Instructor, Engineering Faculty and Directing Staff at Air Force Technical College
Key Result Areas
Worked as flight test engineer and avionics system specialist on LCA at the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Bangalore (India).
Spearheading aircraft systems engineering, design, integration, and evaluation in the IAF
Leading and managing project activities as program manager, directing all aspects like identifying & analyzing customer requirements, system definition, mapping requirement specifications, R&D implementation, certification, ground validation and flight testing of airborne systems
Defining system acceptance procedures, configuration, change management, risk identification & mitigation, status reporting, report generation and advising stakeholders
Working on design tools like Matlab-Simulink, LabView, C/C++, Java, data acquisition, test benches, instrumentation sensors and hardware/man-in-loop simulation
Leading domain related activities like flight management, aircraft avionics, engines, weapons, radars, onboard sensors, cockpit systems, warnings & displays, besides defining and implementing associated crew/pilot vehicle interfaces
Conducting the staff training at Air Force Test Pilots School & Air Force Technical College; mentoring pilots & engineers
Executed a number of concurrently running complex aviation projects like aerostats, integration of software defined radio, identification friend or foe, flight test instrumentation and telemetry systems on multiple types of aircraft
Commanded multiple IAF units while administering a team of more than 60 members encompassing variety of skill levels and cross-functional disciplines
Possess more than 100 hours of flying on military aircraft (fixed wing fighters, transports and rotary wing helicopters).
Identified, focused and managed competing needs and dependencies in mission critical environments like Kargil Operations & LCA operationalization
Developed various Flight Test Instrumentation packages for aircraft like Jaguar, Su-30, Mig-21, Kiran, Hawk, HS-748, Mi-17, Mi-8, Chetak and Cheetah using airborne sensors, data acquisition, telemetry, and analysis applications
Collaborated with Indian & Global Technical Teams like DRDO, CEMILAC, HAL, NAL, BEL, IAI, Rafael, Elbit, Thales, Rockwell Collins, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon on major projects such as:
oDesign, Development, Integration and flight testing of Network Centric Warfare based data-link network on an integrated ground and airborne grid involving two ground based nodes and eight airborne nodes comprising aircraft like HS-748, IL-76 based AWACS, Mi-8, ALH and Su-30 MKI.
oDesign, development and integration of Software Defined Radio on airborne and land based platforms.
oProcurement and customization of ground tethered Aerostat systems for IAF.
oProcurement, customization and integration of airborne and surface based Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems for Indian tri-services.
Spearheaded multiple state-of-the-art projects on system design & capability enhancement through concept initiation, proposal preparation, RFIs/RFPs, bid management, system engineering, design implementation and evaluation
Controlled and managed project based IAF budgets at Air HQs and Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE).
Collaborated with academia, R&D labs, peer industry and government authorities for knowledge sharing on emerging technologies, trends & solutions through workshops & demonstrations, conferences and symposiums
Adept in preparing proposals, conducting feasibility study, cost & time estimation, designing, prototyping, customer demonstration, project reviews and certification
M.Tech. (Advanced Level Course in Computer Science) from Institution of Electronics & Communications Engineers, New Delhi in 2002
PG in Modeling & Simulation from Defence Institute of Armament Technology, Pune in 1998
B.Tech. (Aeronautical Engineering - Avionics) from Aeronautical Society of India, New Delhi in 1988
Graduate (Experimental Flight Test Engineer) from Air Force Test Pilots School at ASTE, Bangalore in 2004
IAF Course of specialization in Communication Systems and Computer Aided Measurements
Aeronautical Engineering Course (Electronics) from Air Force Technical College, Bangalore
Lean Six Sigma (Yellow Belt Certification) from MSME, New Delhi
Specialization in Satellite Communications from Bharat Electronics Limited, Bangalore
Specialization in Satellite Based Wide Area Networking from Hughes Escorts Communications Limited, New Delhi
IT SKILLS: Matlab-Simulink, LabView, C/C++/Java and MS Office
Associate Member of Aeronautical Society, Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers and Project Management Institute
Date of Birth: 15th August 1967
Languages known: Hindi, English & French (A1)
Present Address: 47, Tirumala Nagar, Akshay Nagar Main Rd, Yelahanka New Town, Bangalore, Karnataka - 560064