Gaurav Taneja - The Flying Beast

Meghashree Das Meghashree Das
Feb 1, 2021 6 min read
Gaurav Taneja - The Flying Beast

Gaurav Taneja, one of the most popular Indians on YouTube, is always in the news for his rapidly growing list of admirers. He runs three YouTube channels which collectively have more than 7 million subscribers. Now that is influence. Gaurav is a man who wears many hats. He is a pilot, a fitness enthusiast, and a vlogger. He and his wife, Ritu Taneja, are fondly known as the 'power couple'. This post discusses the story behind Gaurav Taneja's meteoric rise to becoming a youth icon and an inspiration for many.

Gaurav Taneja
Gaurav Taneja

Gaurav Taneja - Biography

Name Gaurav Taneja
DOB 9 July 1986
Nationality India
Profession Pilot, YouTuber, Bodybuilder
Spouse Ritu Taneja
Children Kaira (Rasbhari)
Channel Flying Beast, Fit Muscle TV, Rashbhari Ke Papa

Gaurav Taneja - Early Life and Education
Gaurav Taneja - Family
Gaurav Taneja - Personal Life
Gaurav Taneja - Becoming a Pilot
Gaurav Taneja - AirAsia Controversy
Gaurav Taneja - YouTube Channels
Gaurav Taneja - Awards

Gaurav Taneja - Early Life and Education

Gaurav was born on 9 July 1986 to Yogendra Kumar and Bharti Taneja in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. He did his schooling from an English medium school in Kanpur. Gaurav graduated from IIT Kharagpur in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree.


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Gaurav Taneja - Family

Gaurav Taneja was born into a middle class family hailing from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. His father Yogendra Kumar was a bank officer. His mother Bharti Taneja was a teacher. Gaurav has a sister named Swati Taneja Bhatia.

The handsome hunk got married to Ritu Taneja on 5 February 2015. They have a daughter called Kaira, fondly known as Rasbhari. Rasbhari was born on 18 May 2018.

Gaurav Taneja with his wife Ritu Taneja and his daughter Kaira
Gaurav Taneja with his wife Ritu Taneja and daughter Kaira

Gaurav Taneja - Personal Life

Gaurav has been passionate about bodybuilding from a really long time. He took his interest in fitness to the next level during his time at IIT Kharagpur. A winner of several bodybuilding accolades, Gaurav is a certified nutritionist and fitness coach. He vouches for MY PROTIEN's products and highly recommends them.

Gaurav Taneja is a pilot as well. Being a travel enthusiast who looks forward to vacations, his stint as a pilot makes complete sense. Gaurav has relentlessly pursued his interests since childhood. If he puts his mind behind something, he gets it done. He is an ardent follower of discipline and has a strict routine. And that is how he makes time for all of his endeavors, be it his career as a pilot, his bodybuilding stint, maintaining his YouTube channels, and being the ideal family man.

He also raises his voice for social causes and talks about economics and national issues in his gaming videos. He maintains an excellent relationship with his viewers and that bond makes him a crowd favorite.

Gaurav Taneja - Becoming a Pilot

After graduating with a Bachelor's degree from IIT Kharagpur, Gaurav embarked on his journey to become a pilot. He started his career as a pilot in 2011 when he joined Indigo Airlines. In April 2019 he shifted to AirAsia from Indigo.


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Gaurav Taneja - AirAsia Controversy

On 14 June 2020, Gaurav Taneja tweeted that he was suspended from AirAsia. The next day, he posted a detailed video on his YouTube channel, Flying Beast, titled "Reasons behind suspension from my pilot job".

He explained that all AirAsia pilots are required to perform 98% of their landings in "Flap 3" mode that allows them to save fuel. And if not done so, it is considered as a violation of the SOP (Standard Operating Procedure).

Gaurav also discussed how landing in Flap 3 mode disregards the safety of the passengers. He gave the example of Imphal Airport where pilots have to deal with much steeper landing as compared to other Indian airports. When an aircraft comes down steeply, it needs drag to keep its speed under control. In these circumstances a pilot has to perform a "Flap Full" landing.

But in order to fulfill the SOP's requirements, the pilot often disregards the safety of the passengers and does the Flap 3 landing. Gaurav Taneja was tagged as a whistle-blower for disclosing this safety lapse and people appreciated him for his braveness.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation said on Twitter, "DGCA has taken note of the concerns raised by some stakeholders against a particular airline and its approach to safety. DGCA has already started an investigation into the issues flagged and shall take appropriate action based on the outcome of the said investigation."

Gaurav Taneja - YouTube Channels

Flying Beast

  • Gaurav Taneja started this YouTube channel in December 2017.
  • He hit 1 million subscribers on 26 March 2019.
  • The YouTube channel now has more than 4.57 million subscribers.
  • Flying Beast is all about Gaurav's day-to-day happenings, travelling plans, and lifestyle.
  • His wife Reetu Taneja and daughter Rasbhari are often seen in the videos uploaded on Flying Beast.

Fit Muscle TV

  • Gaurav shares fitness tips and guides people who are into bodybuilding and fitness through this YouTube channel.
  • As of February 2021, Fit Muscle TV has more than 1.82 million subscribers.

Rasbhari Ke Papa

  • Gaurav Taneja started his third YouTube channel on 8 July 2020 and named it after his daughter's nickname.
  • This is his gaming channel where he live-streams while playing video games.
  • Before launching 'Rasbhari Ke Papa', Gaurav requested his subscribers to make it the fastest YouTube channel to reach 100,000 subscribers. And it worked.
  • In just 98 minutes, the YouTube channel reached 100,000 subscribers, creating a world record in the process.
  • Rasbhari Ke Papa then reached 500,000 subscribers in less than 24 hours. Yet another impressive feat.
  • It is also claimed that about 100 fake YouTube channels with the same name were up within just 24 hours of this channel's launch.

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Gaurav Taneja - Awards

He was awarded the golden play button by YouTube for achieving the coveted tag of 1 million subscribers.

He won 'The Great Visioners Award 2020' for best lifestyle and travel content creation.

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