Submitted by Rashmi on Sat, 2016-03-26 18:16 Manipal: Team AeroMIT added another feather to its cap by bagging the third place at SAE AeroDesign East 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas, held from March 11 to 13. The team returned with a third place win in the “Highest Payload Lifted Category” to bring laurels to Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal University. The meet is organised annually by SAE International and Lockheed Martin in the US. AeroMIT has featured in six editions of the SAE AeroDesign Event, with the team improving with every outing - moving from 21st to 5 this time. “This has been the best performance by AeroMIT so far,” said Aniruddha Poddar, a third-year civil engineering student. He said that the team’s aircraft was regarded as one of the most stable and controllable aircrafts in its class. AeroMIT participated in the Micro Class, which had 19 participating teams from 5 countries. Our Results were: World rank 4 in "Highest Payload Fraction" category. World rank 5 in "Design Report" category and World rank 5, overall in the Micro Class. Last year, on December 28, 2015, AeroMIT had outclassed 37 teams, including IITs and NITs, to clinch the first place in its maiden appearance in the Boeing National Aeromodelling Competition for West Zone in Mumbai. The team had even secured a second position in the Aviator Design Competition presented by the Airbus Group. “We at AeroMIT, are driven by our passion and love, for everything that flies. This enables us to design and fabricate some of the best airplanes and gives us the opportunity to fly them too. I am glad with the enthusiasm and dedication the team shows for the project,” said Aniruddha. Faculty adviser, Kamlesh Kumar from the Department of Aeronautical and Automobile said, “The key to success of AeroMIT is their dedication and hard work. AeroMIT believes in the beauty of their aviation dream to achieve goals and make MIT, Manipal proud. I heartily congratulate AeroMIT and wish them greater success in future”. “It’s a fantastic and unique competition filled with lots of great challenges and excellent learning opportunities, giving us a chance to integrate our classroom knowledge with the world outside,” said Arjit Seth, a second-year aeronautical engineering student.