For the thousands of children in the city who would have wished to touch aeroplanes that soar over the skies, it is a dream come true as Aero Plus 2013 was inaugurated at Nehru College of Aeronautics and Applied Sciences at Kuniamuthur on Thursday.
Being held from Thursday to Sunday, the seventh edition of this exhibition features Bell 47 GF helicopters and other single propeller aircraft such as Cessna.
A new addition is the Hawker Siddeley HS.125 1A, a twin-engine mid-size corporate jet. Going beyond just getting to see them, the children could also get to know about the thousands of components in an aircraft as the students of the college explained in detail the intricacies and engineering behind these machines.
The college has a Cessa 150 D, Lear Jet 25B, King Air C90 Beechcraft, and Bell and Enstrom f28 helicopters to provide training to its students
According to P. Krishna Kumar, chief executive officer and secretary of Nehru Group of Institutions, the objective behind the exhibition was to motivate students to take up aeronautic science and create awareness among the general public.
The institutions’ students benefit from the opportunity it provides to explain what they have learnt in the course regarding the functionality of each parts and its configuration.
Earlier, addressing the inaugural function, chief guest P. Vinodh Kumar, Regional Head (General Aviation), Air Works India Engineering, Pune, said that the aviation sector was highly interesting as it was demanding and challenging.
The company provided maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services in 12 airports in the country for business and general aviation customers.
Mr. Vinodh Kumar, himself an alumnus of the Nehru institution, said that those entering the field must be prepared to put in a lot of hard work.
R. Krishna Moorhty, Executive Director of KTVR Knowledge Park for Engineering and Technology, said that air travel was set to increase exponentially in the country.
The exhibition is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 31 and February 1 and between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on February 2 and 3. There is no entry fee.