The Aero Club flying competition recently saw school students from across schools in Delhi take to the skies with enthusiasm. With creative and functional aeroplane models, the students displayed flair and a solid understanding of theories of physics and aerospace. Air Force Bal Bharti School was declared the winner of the third annual Aero Club model flying competition in the city. The Aero Club competition hopes to increase engagement in, and understanding of aviation to inspire the next generation of India’s aerospace industry professionals.
The event, which took place on January 17 at the Air Force Bal Bharti School in Delhi, was attended by Pritam Bhavnani, president Honeywell Aerospace India, and Honeywell Inc’s new country president, Anant Maheshwari. It included over 150 students from four schools in the New Delhi area. “Putting the practicalities of flight into the hands of India’s aspiring aviation professionals is one of the best ways to foster new growth and engineering talent in the industry,” says Pritam Bhavnani.
Launched in July 2011, Aero Club is part of the Honeywell Hometown Solutions’ science and maths education initiative, a series of programmes created to inspire the next generation of innovators by improving science, technology, engineering and maths education around the world. This year’s competition is the largest to date, with students benefitting from the chance to build and fly model aircraft using aero modelling kits supplied by Honeywell in a bid to achieve the longest indoor flight.
Students participating in the Aero Club initiative are given practical advice from Honeywell field service engineers to help them learn the concepts of aerodynamics and principles of flight. Participating schools in this year’s competition were The Air Force School, Air Force Golden Jubilee Institute, Air Force Bal Bharti School and Salwan Public School, Bhatti Mines, with students ranging from Class 9 to Class 11.