Aerophilia is a two day National Level Aeromodelling Competition organized by Team Challengers of Sahyadri College of Engineering & Management, Mangaluru and supported by Aerotrix India. The motive behind organizing such a competition is to spread and teach the young talented minds to explore the new area of aeronautics to foster development of the nation.
In this event participating teams are expected to design a radio controlled aircraft with the limitations regulated in its dimension and the power system. The aircraft is validated by its manoeuvrability and maximum payload carrying capacity, which is tested in two successive rounds. Participants from IIT’s, NIT’s and various college students from all over India are invited.
The first Aerophilia was conducted on 13-14 may 2016 . The event was great success with the participation of IITs and NITs from India. Also the Aero-modelling enthusiasts from various places from the nation were a part of the two-day Aero-modelling event.
Special attraction was the air shows by nationally and internationally reputed radio flyers. Students of IITs and NITs- the elite institutions participated in the competition. The event was inaugurated by three eminent personalities Mr. A.V. Aravind, Controls Engineer and presently working as a Systems Engineer for the Light Combat Aircraft, LCA-Tejas Program at Aeronautical Development Agency, Mr. Chinmaya, an Electronics Engineer working on the avionics systems of LCA-Tejas at ADA and Dr. Pavana Prabhakar, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso, Texas. Mr. Mehtab Hussain, Aerotrix Engineer and Mr. Gopa Kumar Team Lead, Aerotrix were part of the inaugural ceremony.
The invited guests opened the competition by flagging off the Aerophilia Flag in the aircraft controlled by Mr. Vishal Rao, Member of Mangalore Flying Club. The valedictory function which was held in the presence of Mr. Kimmaney Ratnakar, Minister of Education Govt. of Karnataka, Dr.Hansraj Alva renowned Physician of Mangalore, Mr Aravind, Mr. Chinmaya, Electronics Engineer in Avionics System.
The inaugural ceremony was carried out by launching the aircraft, giving throttle. There was also a floral welcome of the dignitaries which was concluded with a formal addressing by the chief guest giving valuable pieces of information to students regarding the complexities in aeronautical field.
We had the Aero-modelling and Drone race competition which was a major part of our event. We had Sri Neville Rodrigues and Sri Ragavendra who kept the crowd mesmerized by their talks and stunts. P.C Pant, a Wing Commander of the Indian Air Force addressed the gathering. The major highlight of the event, Airshow began around 12:15pm and was performed by Mr. Abdullah Ghasem Salehnezhad Moarafi, the UAE resident and an employ at Dubai Customs along with Mr. Essa Saeed Essa Binaynouh, who is an employ of Dubai Police.
The afternoon session began around 1:30 pm with the Skype technical talk by Dr. Parimal Kopardekhar, Senior scientist at NASA Ames Research center. The talk was attended by various delegates and students from high school to engineering level. After the technical talk we had our Aero-modelling and drone race competition carrying forward their further rounds. Team Challengers also conducted various other events like PC Games, Rubik’s Cube, and Treasure Hunt for our junior participants which attracted a large number of crowds.