Honey­well’s an­nual air­craft mod­el­ling com­pe­ti­tion in­spires In­dia’s fu­ture pilots and en­gi­neers


Honey­well has an­nounced the Air Force Bal Bharati School as the win­ner of its third an­nual Aero Club model fly­ing com­pe­ti­tion in New Delhi. The Aero Club com­pe­ti­tion is a Honey­well Home­town So­lu­tions ini­tia­tive that in­creases en­gage­ment in, and un­der­stand­ing of avi­a­tion to in­spire the next gen­er­a­tion In­dia’s aerospace in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als.

The event, which took place today at the Air Force Bal Bharati School in Delhi, was at­tended by Pri­tam Bhav­nani, Pres­i­dent of 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,” said Pri­tam Bhav­nani, Pres­i­dent, Honey­well Aerospace In­dia. “By en­cour­ag­ing these stu­dents to get ‘hands-on’ with avi­a­tion, we are en­sur­ing that In­dia’s tal­ent pool of young, en­thu­si­as­tic pilots and en­gi­neers con­tin­ues to flour­ish in years to come.”

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. Dur­ing the one-day com­pe­ti­tion, stu­dents get to test their the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal knowl­edge of air­wor­thi­ness, speed and han­dling ca­pa­bil­i­ties based on their air­craft de­signs. Par­tic­i­pat­ing schools in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion were the Air Force School, Air Force Golden Ju­bilee In­sti­tute, Air Force Bal Bharati School and Sawan Pub­lic School, Bhatti Mines, with stu­dents rang­ing from IX to XI Stan­dard.

Aerospace Learn­ing is Pas­sion

In ad­di­tion to Aero Club, Honey­well Home­town So­lu­tions is also en­sur­ing pas­sion for avi­a­tion is driven from the top down in the class­room. To date, the com­pany has spon­sored 1,973 teach­ers from 35 coun­tries to at­tend the Honey­well Ed­u­ca­tors @ Space Academy pro­gramme at the US Space and Rocket Cen­ter in Huntsville, Alabama, where teach­ers par­tic­i­pate in 45 hours of train­ing fo­cused on science and space ex­plo­ration. In a se­ries of as­tro­naut-style ex­er­cises and sim­u­la­tions, teach­ers learn new and in­no­va­tive ways to teach science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths.

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