Flying a dream
An Economics (Hons) graduate from Sri Venka-teswara College, Lavneet joined his father’s business. His love for aero-modelling and photography dragged him away from business after he watched ‘3 Idiots’, which featured a remote-controlled quadrotor. He now spends more time doing what he loves best. “Aero-modelling has been my hobby since childhood. I bought my first aircraft from Radical Works and my interest in photography developed in 1995-96,” Lavneet says.
Owner of Riverbank Studios, Gautam met Lavneet seven years ago. Since then, the duo has been working as a team and experimenting with technology by making new models through their research on the Internet. Lavneet looks after the technical aspect whereas Gautam handles photography.
They have a variety of models. Now, they have added a new one to their series — Octocopter, which has eight wings. They make their own models and parts are bought from India and all over the world. “It usually takes two months to build a model. During flight, if it crashes, it can be rebuilt and, depending on the condition of the parts, they can be reused,” Lavneet says.
“It has a brushless motor which weighs 80-100 gram and draws maximum power from the battery. It has a gyroscope which holds the camera and, even on windy days, it won’t let the camera shake,” Gautam says. The number of wings decides the number of
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