Mangalurean teen Vishaan builds fascinating ultra-light RC aircraft


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (ANK)

Mangaluru, Jul 29: Vishaan Santhosh Anchan, an aeromodeller hailing from Mangaluru, who recently completed his 12th standard, has built an ultra-light radio-controlled (RC) model aircraft.

Vishaan is the son of Santhosh Kumar and Vidya Santhosh.

For the past five years, Vishaan has been an active aeromodeller and a member of Kinetic Hobbies RC Club. So far, he has built more than 10-15 model aircraft and all have given him wonderful experiences which he can cherish for a lifetime.

Amid the unprecedented times of complete isolation, Vishaan spent his time to build from scratch an ultra-light RC model aircraft. He states that the aircraft took him over 300 hours to build.

Speaking to Daijiworld, Vishaan said, "In the electronic section, there is a high-power brushless motor and an electronic speed controller to control the RPM or the thrust of the propeller. It is powered with a 2,200mAH, 3-cell lithium-polymer battery. To have authority over the control surfaces I have used four micro-servo motors. The transmitter and receiver that I have used works at a frequency of 2.4 GHz and it has a maximum range of 800-1,000mtrs radius."

"The internal structure of the fuselage, empennage and wings are made with Balsa wood (a low-density type of wood). It is then coated with MonoKote - a lightweight heat shrink wrap film. Every part of the aircraft comes from a few sheets of Balsa wood, hand-cut, reinforced, sanded and then covered," he added.

Vishaan maintains that the aircraft is unique when compared to all his previous aircraft models. The reason for the same being the manner in which it is built. The structure is designed based on the principles of physics and civil engineering, and is very identical to the way how most of the real-life light-aircraft are built, Vishaan asserted.

The aircraft was designed for both scale and aerobatic flying and it weighs about 800g and has approximately a 2:1 thrust-weight ratio. It has a wingspan of 1.2mtrs and it has a Clark Y airfoil. This makes it a versatile aircraft. It has a flight time of 10-12 minutes, said Vishaan.

Vishaan has also taken part in several competitions and won several national-level aeromodelling competitions. He is the national-level winner of Aerophilia 2017 held at Sahyadri College, winner of Wright Flight 2019 held at NITK Suratkal. Vishaan also bagged the second place in Skyrush 2020 at MIT Manipal.

He has also participated and qualified for the zonal final round of Boeing National Level aeromodelling competition held at IIT Bombay 2018-19.

Vishaan extended his gratitude to his mentor Vishal Rao for the constant support from the beginning of his journey in the field of aeromodelling. Rao owns a shop called Kinetic Hobbies in Mangaluru, where Vishaan claims to have gained knowledge about the field of aeromodelling. It is this place from where Vishaan has bought all the materials necessary for building the magnificent piece of engineering.

 

 

  

Comment on this article

  • Vishaan Santhosh, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    Thank you everyone for your blessings and wishes!!!

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  • Deepak, Udupi

    Fri, Jul 31 2020

    Dear Vishan, congrats on building the plane.
    Piece of advice boy: never over claim this hobby. We all know there are much more advanced aero modelers in Mangalore. There are younger model builders too ,also people who have achieved greater heights in this in MANGALORE and around.
    This sounds very futile attempt from your side for a self appreciation. Guess you should stop this misleading " light weight"...NO there are larger and lighter weight RC aircrafts.
    People aware of this find you a very silly self proclaimed.

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  • Peter, mangalore

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    well done boy keep it up

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  • Amith Kumar, Thokkottu Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    Congratulations Vishaan... All the best...

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  • Karate Santhosh Kumar Devadas, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    Well done Vishaan Santhosh!

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  • Vinith, Dubai,UAE

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    Congrats vishaan, keep it up

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  • Girish Suvarna, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    Congratulations Vishan... All the best

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  • CA Abdulla, Mangalore/California

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    Congratulations!

    I have been in this hobby since 2004 and had built umpteen model RC airplanes and helicopters. Here in US we can get different types of kits, electronics and radios. It is a very expensive hobby.

    I can see that what he has built is a high winged beginner aircraft. Next thing he has to go for low winged aerobatic 3D one. Wish him all the best. Good to know that there is a hobby shop in Mangalore.

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  • Sharmila Colaco, Derebail

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    Hearty Congratulations Vishaan. God bless you abundantly.

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  • Patricia D'Silva, Mangalore / Borivli Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    Congratulations Vishaan. Truly a great achievement. Keep up the excellent work that you are doing.

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  • Indian, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    Congratulations! God bless. Keep it up.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru...

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    Well done Vishaan.
    Great Achievement...
    Congratulations and keep the good works going..

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    Pushpak viman had lighter technology

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru...

    Thu, Jul 30 2020

    Of recent origins, the likes of you are fit only to compare... forgetting the topic on hand. Have the decency to acknowledge the achievement of a young lad here.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    Congratulations - Very similar to a Drone ...

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  • Nancy, Mangalore

    Wed, Jul 29 2020

    Hats off to you Vishaan. Very well done.
    You are an inspiration to the young generation. Time, focus, dedication and will power is required to achieve success. Vishaan has utilized the Lockdown very wisely. Now a days very rarely we see children concentrating on good things ......all are busy with gadgets including mine.

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