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Madurai ‘top gun’ wins aeromodelling competition

M. Vandhana
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The ninth standard student was a hit at IIT-SHAASTRA 2013

The winners of 'Topgun', an aeromodelling competition held in IIT, Chennai recently, along with their father, in Madurai.Photo: S.James
The winners of 'Topgun', an aeromodelling competition held in IIT, Chennai recently, along with their father, in Madurai.Photo: S.James

S. P. Aadhithya, a Class IX student from Lakshmi School was the centre of attention at IIT-SHAASTRA 2013 held in Chennai recently. The Class IX student won the first prize in the aeromodeling contest for executing difficult manoeuvres under the ‘Top Gun’ category, which impressed seasoned flyers present at the event. “All the participants had better planes and professional tools. I was nervous in the first round, but gained confidence in the second round”, said Aadhithya, recalling his momentous win. The participants were mostly college students and a few from class twelve.

“This was the first competition I had attended and I was the youngest among all the participants there. I am happy that I won. In future, I will take part in more such competitions”, Aadhithya told The Hindu .

For Aadhithya, giving demonstrations on flying to other students is not new. But performing manoeuvres before a huge crowd, and flying in IIT, was an experience that he says he will remember forever. “Initially, I felt very nervous. But then as the crowd started cheering me, I started enjoying the whole thing”, he said. Later, the winners of the competition had a chance to fly their planes along with aeromodellers of international repute. “It was fun watching Gunther Gold (of Australia) fly his plane. He even made his plane fly the Gangnam style. He performed fireworks”, said Aadhithya.

Aadhithya aspires to join the Indian Air Force in future and thinks winning in competitions will boost his profile to get into the Air Force. The sprightly teenager’s father S. Parthasarathy runs an aeromodelling laboratory at home and Aadhithya, along with his sisters Poorna and Aadhya, spends most of his time at the laboratory. “I had originally planned to accompany my brother to the event. But looking at people flying planes, I could not hold myself back .Thankfully, I had taken mine along”, said Aadhya, a class XII student of Lakshmi School, who managed to win a cash prize of Rs. 30,000. She aspires to study aerospace and Poorna is already undergoing pilot training in Chennai.


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