Flying a dream

Dec 16 2012, 00:33 IST
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Lavneet Gyani (L)  and Gautam Pandey make a video using an Octocopter Lavneet Gyani (L) and Gautam Pandey make a video using an Octocopter
SummaryLavneet Gyani and Gautam Pandey are taking their passion to new heights. Aero-modelling and photography are being married to bring out the best in elevated photography.

Lavneet Gyani and Gautam Pandey are taking their passion to new heights. Aero-modelling and photography are being married to bring out the best in elevated photography.

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 motors. Octocopter flies at a speed of 30-40km/hr and can attain a maximum height of 200 feet. Until and unless every system in the model gives a green signal, the motor won’t spool up,” Lavneet says.

The duo likes to fly in open areas. “Skills are required to operate it but practice and patience are key to learn it. You have to be nimble in your hand movement to be able to control it,” says Gautam. These models are tethered so that they don’t fly off beyond their reach.

Lavneet has so far made five planes and four helicopters. The Octocopter was made by Gautam.

As these models are very expensive, they refuse to build it for others but are ready to help people by guiding them. The aero models are used for ads, real estate, hotels, resorts, etc.

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