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TechTatva’17 — Airborne

Make It Easy
Kritika Batra

As daunting as it might be to get through the maze of terminals and series of security checks at the airport, it does not compare to the amount of work and meticulous planning that goes into designing the place. Airborne gave participants a taste of the challenges involved in this effort with Make It Easy by setting them the task of coming up with efficient designs for their own airport.

The first round acquainted the participants with the parts of an airport and the important terminologies pertaining to it. The Event Head, Kartik Jain, also presented them with case studies to look into. An interactive session with Category Head, Varun Chivukula, offered them a chance to get their doubts clarified and prepare for the next round.

Armed with geometric instruments, twelve teams of two put their artistic and technical skills to the test. Working with a given set of constraints, such as a particular number of runways and taxiways, they had to put down their design on an A1 sheet. Scaling down the components to fit on the paper and measuring each element accurately proved to be quite challenging. With an increase in the number of components to be incorporated into the design in the limited time provided, the final round proved to be the toughest. Some teams struggled to complete the task, and a few others wondered if their theoretical models would even function practically. “The event provided me with an opportunity to apply the skills I’d learned in class,” said Michelle Quadros, a second-year architecture student who was participating in the event.

High Endurance Rubber Flight
Aayushi Agarwal

Airborne’s interestingly named event required participants to make small lightweight planes out of balsa wood. These were then to be flown using a highly elastic rubber band that was wound to the propeller.

In the first round, the participants built planes that they had begun working on during the pre-TechTatva workshop. Back then, owing to lack of time, most teams hadn’t been able to complete the wings of their miniature aircraft. The event heads came to the rescue here, and gave the participants detailed instructions, guiding them through every step.

The second and final round of the event witnessed the participants fervently hoping that their planes would take off successfully. The teams were judged on the basis of the design of the plane, the time of flight, and the distance covered. The judges also quizzed the teams on the technicalities of aircraft design and aerodynamics. Following this, the participants headed up to the first floor of AB-5 and began releasing their planes one by one. They were allowed just one attempt, due to the high likeliness of rains. Some planes flew swiftly while others couldn’t take off quite as well. According to the category head, Varun, the cause for this was probably errors in the construction of the plane by the participants, due to which the rubber band may have failed to unwind completely.

The event provided amateurs with a rewarding opportunity to learn about aeronautics and left the participants with their imaginations full of ideas ready to take flight.