Thursday, February 11, 2016

Flying high

Madurai: A small two feet aircraft streaked across the sky as the gathering watched in awe at the Aeroplus 2016, an exhibition of aircrafts organised by the Nehru Group of Institutions.

“It is a controlled-line aircraft,” says R. Moses Daniel, convener of the exhibition and Principal of Nehru Institute of Information Technology and Management. “The aircraft is connected to the control system through a high tensile tungsten wire. It was created by our boys and the effort was well appreciated by former president Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam when he visited our institution,” he informs.

Inspired by Dr.Kalam’s visit, the Nehru Group of Institutions created APJ Vision 2020 Club to organise exhibitions and awareness programmes on aeronautical sciences across the State. “We have now extended our activities to Kanyakumari, Nagercoil, Dharapuram, Tirunelveli, Valliyoor and Marthandam,” says Sanoj P. Suresh, one of the coordinators of the club.

There was also a breathtaking display by small three feet helicopter that runs on Nitro Methanol fuel. “A 320 ml temporary fuel tank is attached to the copter and it can also be fitted with a one litre fuel tank which will enable it to to fly from Coimbatore to Udhagamandalam in one go. But getting permission from the aviation department is tough. Hence we don’t fly this copter above 40 feet altitude,” says P. Maniarasan, Principal, Nehru Institute of Engineering and Technology. According to the manufacturers, the copter can also be fitted with the GPRS system for long flying purpose and it can travel at an average speed of 70-80 kms per hour.
11/02/16 T. Saravanan/The Hindu
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