Two-Day Natl Level Aeromodelling Competition ‘Aerophilia 2019’ Kicks Off at Sahyadri College

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Two-Day Natl Level Aeromodelling Competition ‘Aerophilia 2019’ Kicks Off at Sahyadri College

 Mangaluru : It is one of the thrilling events that takes place every year at Sahyadri College of Engineering & Management, Mangaluru where thousands of spectators throng the venue to witness the Avionic Fete ‘Aerophilia 2019’. Sahyadri College-Adyar, in the outskirts of Mangaluru has taken the initiative to widen the innovative prospects in the field of aeronautics. “Aerophilia 2019, a national level Aero-modelling competition organized by Team Challengers of the College, which kicked off on 20 September and will culminate on 21 st Sept 2019.

Team Challengers of Sahyadri College of Engineering & Management, Mangaluru is a group of dedicated undergraduate students from various disciplines of engineering who’ve made it their collective goal to explore and triumph the world of Aeronautics and Robotics. With the use of cutting edge technology, they strive to solve problems of social importance. Aerophilia’ which was initiated in 2016, though, in the beginning the event attracted less number of participants, but the response now is way beyond organizers expectations. “It was the driving force that led us to conduct this event on a massive scale- and this gave rise to ‘Aerophilia 2019’, said a organizing team member.This is on the verge of being South India’s biggest RC air show.

Aerophilia 2019 gave wings to the innovative thinking of aero modeling enthusiasts thereby igniting the passion for the future of aeronautics in India. The competition is being organized to spread and teach young talented minds to explore the new era of aeronautics and foster the development of the nation.This competition provides a platform to the students to showcase their talents and pursue their passion in a field that is very unique and provide eclectic opportunities. The event has its primary goal to implant ideas of aeromodelling and aerospace in young minds and to encourage young talents to explore more. Aerophilia consists of 20 different events with exciting cash prizes. About 1500 students from various schools and colleges across India including IITs and NITs participated today. The main attraction of the event this year is the hackathon conducted by ISRO exclusively at Aerophilia on the Navic chip.

The chief guest of the event Cdr T R A Narayanan of Indian Navy (Retd), who is also a prime member of aeromodelling association of India, appreciated the enthusiasm in the students in organizing and participating in the event. He was quite impressed by the paper plane competition that will be held and said, “Paper planes are not just for kids. The aerodynamics that goes into the simple planes is also high level of aerodynamics”. Maneesh Saxena and Akhileshwar Reddy, Deputy directors of industry interface under Satnav program by ISRO were also present during the occasion.

Ashwin L Shetty who was the composite manager at Airbus Helicopters in China also spoke on the occasion and said, “Events like these ignites the young minds in thinking why we need to study Math and Physics and their applications in the field of aeronautics and aerospace”. Manjunath Bhandary, Chairman of Sahyadri College of engineering and management said “The main intension of this event is to ignite the minds of young engineers and to create awareness on the advancing technologies in the field of aerospace”. He also said that this event is organized by team Challengers which is a student club and is entirely planned and organized entirely by students themselves.

The event was called open by the guests by giving a throttle and a RC plane flying high in the air with the Aerophilia banner. Soon after this there were spectacular Air shows by Abhay pawar and Ragavendra B S, who are both professional RC flyers. Principal, Dr. R Srinivasa Rao Kunte and Vice-Principal, Prof. S.S. Balakrishna, management and the faculty were also present in the air show event. The air show was conducted by well-known national flyers.

The schedule for day 1 of Aerophilia had technical events like aeromodelling, drone race, water rocket and tug of bots. And also some fun events like treasure hunt, Rubik’s cube and CS GO. And also the hackathon conducted by ISRO scientists. The First day concluded in the evening by cultural program which included a concert by Team Martians and a stand-up comedy by Mandar Bhide from Bingo Comedy Adda.

Today’s show provided a multitude of learning experiences in mathematics, history, arts/graphics and science. The Aerophilia 2019 winners will be honored with attractive cash prizes. The teams had designed a radio controlled aircrafts with the limitations regulated in its dimension and the power system for the main event Aeromodelling. The air-crafts were validated by their maneuverability and maximum payload carrying capacity, which were tested in three successive rounds. With events that boost the healthy competitive spirit of our country’s youth, this event is a great way to gain exposure and widen one’s social and professional network. This fest was an opportunity for young school kids to come marvel at the wonders of science and meet and interact with eminent personalities so as to gain an interest in Science and technology.

The real attention grabber was the Hackathon that ISRO organised today, and thee was a wide plethora of participants attending it. This is the first ever hackathon being conducted by ISRO to find applications for the NAVIC chip (India’s very own navigation system). The students had an experience first hand, of India’s finest technology. The ISRO representatives were there to provide round the clock guidance for the participants. The Representatives from ISRO also gave highly informative technical talks during the course of the event.

On Day 2:(21 Sept) there will Paper Presentation, Technical talk , Paper Plane, Robo-Sumo , Open RC Plane Flying and Death Race.

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