Monday, May 01, 2017

Gaurav Joshi makes city proud, once again wins Boeing national championship

City lad Gaurav Joshi once again won the prestigious 2016 Boeing national championship conducted by IIT Delhi recently. He maintained the top spot by winning the championship for the second consecutive time.

Joshi received a prize money of rupees one lakh in a Boeing –IIT National Aeromodelling competition. This competition was started in 2014 by Boeing with an aim to increase aviation awareness and to promote skill development amongst the students of the country. This was a pan India competition designed to provide an opportunity to students from every part of the country. It was conducted in two stages- zonal levels at IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur and IIT Kharagpur. Top 3 teams from each zone were selected to compete at the grand finals at IIT Delhi. There were 800 participants from nearly 300 colleges across the country.

The task in the zonal level consisted of two rounds. The aircraft was supposed to climb in the air for 20 seconds, switch off the motor and glide for as much time as possible before touching the ground. Then the aircraft was required to carry an object called as payload , drop it on the target marked on the ground and fly through 3 obstacles for the maximum number of times within 4 minutes. The task in the finals was similar but with 4 obstacles. The difficulty of the competition was increased further due to gusty winds and eagles trying to catch the flying model aircrafts. Scores were calculated based on performance in both the rounds.
01/05/17 The Hitavada