Captain Gopinath, the founder of Air Deccan, which revolutionized air travel in India hails from a simple family. Captain Gopinath’s father was a school teacher and he was the second of eight children. After finishing his schooling, Gopinath was commissioned with the Indian Army for a period of eight years. After retirement from the armed forces, he became a farmer – established a sustainable farm, opened an enfield dealership and ran a Udipi hotel. Only after many ventures, failures and adversities did Captain Gopinath finally start Deccan Aviation, a helicopter charter service – which later became the launch pad for Air Deccan.