What is Aeromodelling ?

Aeromodelling is the art of application-based designing, building and flying Radio-Controlled(RC) Model Aerial Vehicles.


Though it may seem like many different and complicated things to be done, in reality, it is easy. Since all topics are interlinked, knowing one thing helps in learning about others.


Drawing theories not only from the Aerospace and Aeronautics Engineering, other disciplines such as Mechanical Engineering , Computer Science Engineering , Electrical Engineering have a heavy influence in Aeromodelling as well.This makes it one of the best hobbies because of its diversity.


Apart from the obvious academic benefits, it is also a very engaging and fun hobby for people of all ages. The feeling of joy and pride on seeing your handiwork overcome gravity and soar in the air is phenomenal.


TYPES OF AIRCRAFTS


UAVs can be broadly divided into two groups based on their wing characteristics.


Fixed Wing - Fixed wing aircrafts generate lift through the shape of their wings and the vehicle’s forward airspeed. Commercial airplanes, Jet Planes are examples of this. RC Fixed-wing aircrafts have many subsets such as Gliders, Trainer Aircrafts, Aerobatic Aircrafts, Biplanes, Tail-less Aircrafts( Flying-Wing Aircrafts, Delta Aircrafts).


Rotary Wing - Rotary Wing aircrafts generate lift through their wings which revolve around a central axis/mast. These wings are usually in the shape of blades. A well-known example of these types of aircrafts would be helicopters. Multirotors(Tricopters, Quadcopters, Hexacopters, Octocopters etc) represent RC Rotary Wing Aircrafts.


The kind of fuel used to power the vehicle also serves as a distinction between different model aircrafts.


Powered Aircrafts : Powered aircrafts require fuel for sustained flight. They get the required propulsion from onboard energy source such as Electrical(battery packs), Nitro-powered and Gasoline-powered( engines).


Unpowered Aircrafts : Unpowered Aircrafts do not require fuel for sustained flight. After initial thrust has been provided, they continue to fly without any kind of onboard propulsion. Examples include Gliders, Sailplanes.


WHY SHOULD ONE LEARN ABOUT AEROMODELLING ?


Aeromodelling is one of the finest hobbies which is popular across all ages. The concepts are simple enough that even younger students can learn about it but the thrill to fly self-made aircrafts is one that even adults love to experience. With the advent of new technologies and economic materials for construction, aeromodelling has become much more accessible to those who were worried about the costs of learning such a hobby. Creative thinking is both encouraged and rewarded in Aeromodelling.


Learning how to build model aircrafts is a stepping stone to many careers such as the Aviation industry, Aeronautical Industry,Space Research, Drone Technology etc.It teaches all the basic fundamental principles of flight, how and why of an aircraft. It is one of the best ways to understand concepts of physics related to flying of an Aircraft such as Fluid Mechanics, Electrical circuits, Programming etc.


For those who wish to exhibit their skill and knowledge to a large audience, there exist several competitions conducted all over the world. These aeromodelling competitions are held at both National and International level. There are events specifically related to designing, manufacturing, and flying of aircrafts. Given below are some examples.


National: TechKriti( IIT Kanpur), TechFest( IIT Bombay ), Boeing National Aeromodelling Competition


International: SAE Aero Design, Outback Challenge, MAV competitions, Dubai Drone Racing, FAI events


These aeromodelling competitions and events make sure that one's interest in this field nevers dies out. These competitions are often coupled with other events such as Air Shows, Exhibitions, Workshops and Trainings etc. thus making it interesting even for
Non-participants.


The best way to begin learning about Aeromodelling is through seniors and mentors who can teach the basics. TechEagle conducts Entry-level Workshops for beginners and In-Depth Trainings for those who already have a headstart in Aeromodelling. This ensures that those who know the basics can learn about Aeromodelling in more detail and thus keep progressing in this field.


When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – HENRY FORD.