AerotriX, a division of Skyfi Labs, has now marked its presence permanently in the record books

Endeavors from AerotriX for making aeromodelling education available to more engineering students, were duly rewarded when the AerotriX Super Challenge was listed in the Limca Book of Records as a national record for organizing the largest aeromodelling competition. The AerotriX Super Challenge was organized with support and collaboration of 16 colleges. It witnessed participation of 1796 students, who built 362 aero models. The competition spanned from the months of December in 2012 to March in 2013, i.e. a period of 4 months. AerotriX would like to thank all participating colleges for providing their valuable support to AerotriX for organizing this event.

The competition was organized in three phases

  • Regional Level Workshops

  • Regional Level Competitions

  • Grand Final Competition.

Limca Book of Record

Spread across centers at 16 colleges all over India, AerotriX first conducted Regional Level Workshops on Aeromodelling. The objective of the workshops, as is the case for all aeromodelling workshops from AerotriX, was to impart practical education on Aeromodelling technology with the use of remote-controlled aircraft (RC Aircraft) models. At completion of each regional level workshop, competitions were held to find the best talent among participating students. Top performing teams in the competition, winning best design and fabrication awards for their aircraft models, gained entry to the Grand Finals.

The Final was held at IIST, Trivandrum. The event was a part of Conscientia, a technical fest at the college. The Final was truly a one of a kind spectacle. A place where aeromodelling intelligence met innovative thinking, both being characteristics that students evolved at the AerotriX workshops. It was a platform for aeromodelling enthusiastic students to showcase their potential, and compete in the highest level to prove their understanding of aeromodelling technology.

The Final comprised of three rounds. The first round was an 'Open Book Quiz'. This round tested the level of understanding of concepts of remote-controlled aircraft and related technology. Students had the freedom to use any material, book, papers, etc. for reference.

The second round was for 'Demonstration of the Final Model as per the Super Challenge Problem Statement'. The problem statement was to modify the aircraft built at the regional workshops so as to utilize it for agricultural purposes. Teams were challenged to come up with an efficient agricultural mechanism that is feasible, economic, and also suitable for use in India. This in fact tested the customizability of the aircraft models they created, and problem solving abilities of the students.

In the Final event, teams had to create a report specifying the design modifications that should be done to their aircraft models. They also had to mathematically prove that these modifications are possible. Additionally they had to mention the aircraft's scope of use in agriculture and how the aircraft could probably impact agriculture methods. The motive of targeting the problem statement for agricultural use was to promote, and in a way justify, the use of latest technologies for agricultural needs.

Overall, the Final was designed to test the capabilities of students to overcome complex aeromodelling problems, asses their knowledge gained in the workshops, and creative thinking approach. All participating teams were exuberant to demonstrate their skills. And, indeed all participants rose to the occasion and put forth their best possible performance. A team from Shiv Nadar University finally emerged out as proud winners of the competition.

By making a national record, AerotriX has proved its ascendancy in practical aeromodelling education. The AerotriX team works ceaselessly to deliver practical education in aeromodelling and related technologies to all corners of India. Because of their efforts AerotriX are the only potential record breakers of this national record.

Here is the list of all participating colleges of the AerotriX Super Challenge:

S. No.

College Name

Location

1

G Pulla Reddy Engineering College

Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh

2

Startup Village

Kochi, Kerala

3

IIT Kharagpur

Kharagpur, West Bengal

4

International Institute of Information Technology

Pune, Maharashtra

5

Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology

Bhubaneswar, Orissa

6

B V Bhoomaraddi College of Engineering & Technology

Hubli, Karnataka

7

Harcourt Butler Technological Institute

Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh

8

Sharda University

Noida, Uttar Pradesh

9

AerotriXCenter

Bengaluru, Karnataka

10

Sir PadampatSinghania University

Udaipur, Rajasthan

11

SagiRamakrishnamRaju College of Engineering

Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh

12

Prof. Ram Meghe Institute of Technology & Research

Amravati, Maharashtra

13

Sastra University – SRC Campus

Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu

14

Anurag Group of Institutions

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

15

Punjab Engineering College

Chandigarh, Punjab

16

Faculty of Science & Technology, ICFAI Foundation of Higher Education

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

More about AerotriX RC Aircraft Workshops

All AerotriX workshops follow a student-centered model of practical engineering education with an objective to address the receding employability rates of engineering students in India. Students are encouraged to rekindle innovative thinking by fostering 'Learning by Doing' philosophy. Workshops with live projects helps students gain insights on industrial operations, instigate problem solving abilities, and evolve qualities of team work. In the RC aircraft workshop, a design algorithm is provided to the students who use it to fabricate their aircraft model from scratch. The same design algorithm can be scaled to design bigger aircrafts.

Essentially the workshop covers principles that govern flight technology. Students are guided and instructed by the AerotriX team of trainers possessing extensive experience in aerospace engineering and related technologies. The workshops include instruction on aircraft configurations, i.e. students learn to build the propeller, high wing, and tail of an aircraft in a certain way to ensure maximum flight performance. Students also learn the instrumentation, electronics involved for designing a remote-controlled aircraft.

Added to that, students learn to design the perfect air-foil cross section. By the use of software tools, an appropriate airfoil is selected that ensures lift. Also, students learn to build control surfaces to make sure that the aircraft has 3 degrees of freedom. Before testing, flight simulation software is used to virtually test the remote-controlled aircraft. The materials used in the workshops are thermocol and coroplast (coroplast, or corrugated plastic, is a tough material and hence is fit for learning).

AerotriX continues to ensure that students receive a wholesome education experience that will enable them to become successful engineers.