Vignesh Arul, Tabrez Nadvi and Pavan M.J. from ACS College of Engineering, Bangalore, won a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh after defeating over 170 other teams in the National Boeing Aeromodelling Competition held at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. The team came third in the qualifying rounds of the East Zone at IIT-Kharagpur. The team members worked night and day at a simulator,
perfecting their technique before the finals.
"It was tough to judge, but the team from ACSCE didn't lose their nerve. Their focus and patience gave them an edge," says Ashish Imbah, head of sales, who also looks into Research and Development at Aerotrix, and a judge at the finals. The team members had to go through
a qualifying round including climbing and gliding and a maneuvering round. They focused on the important maneuvers, the ones that would
carry the most points.
Pavan Ponnaganti, founder of Skyfi Labs, said that the winning team performed exceptionally well, performing every feat with speed and
precision. All three of the winners are aviation enthusiasts who wish to pilot their own planes.