AeroMIT does well on maiden domestic 'flight', to head for world meet next

After Formula Manipal’s good performance in national and international competitions, Manipal Institute of Technology now has AeroMIT doing the engineering institute of Manipal Academy of Higher Education proud. The team did extremely well at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay’s Techfest in January. This was the team’s maiden appearance in a domestic competition. The team won a first and a second and is now headed for the US on March 7, 2015 for the world competition.

February 28, 2015

IIT Bombay’s Techfest is considered to be the largest such fest in Asia, and is a prestigious competition that attracts thousands of participants every year for its multiple events.

There were two events which were concerned with RC plane modelling – Aviator Design and Aviator Flying. AeroMIT participated in both competitions and emerged first out of 46 teams in the former and second out of 52 teams in the latter.

In Aviator Design, participants were tasked with the desgin and fabrication of a lightweight, fast and efficient model plane within certain specifications, including weight and dimension restrictions.AeroMIT produced several models in the course of preparation for the competition, each model undergoing rigorous testing for optimal performance.

The Selection were judged based upon 3 planes criteria:

Payload Fraction: Payload fraction is used to characterize the efficiency of a particular design. Payload fraction is calculated by dividing the weight of the payload by the takeoff weight of aircraft. AeroMIT plane had an empty weight of 487 g, while the payload carried was 545 g, resulting in a payload fraction of 0.5281.

Time taken (Flight Time): Maximum time allowed for the flight was 180 seconds, to complete two “figure of eight” Circuits in the air. The flight time recorded by AeroMIT was 45 seconds.

Safety and precision of landing: The team scored maximum possible points in this category, touching down safely well within the 5m radius set by the organisers as ideal touchdown distance. At the end, with a score of 913.1, AeroMIT was adjudged to have produced the best plane and bagged 1st place out of 46 viable entries around the nation for the competition.
Aviator flying dealt with the flying skills of the pilots entering the competition, as the judging criteria involved points for mastery of various aerobatic manouevres including

Scale Takeoff, Loops, Cuban eight, Stall turn (Hammerhead), Inverted low flight, Smooth Landing.

Team leader EV Subramanian said, „The judges were so impressed by the aircraft‘s flight characteristics that they themselves wanted to, and subsequently did, fly the winning aircraft Designed by AeroMIT“.