Chandigarh. A farmer from Bathinda, Punjab has given wings to his childhood passion of flying by venturing into the field of aeromodelling. Now it has joined hands with several universities to teach the finer points of aeronautics to the students. Farmer Yadvinder Singh Khokhar is making models of various aircraft from high density thermocol. He has also received many awards for his creativity and innovation. He is a resident of Siryewala village in ‘Bhagata Bhai Ka’ sub-tehsil of Bathinda district.
He said, ‘(as a child) wanted to fly like a bird. When I started farming in 1996 after completing my studies, even then somewhere in my mind this desire, this enthusiasm remained. Khokhar got his early education in Bathinda and Muktsar only. Passed secondary and higher secondary classes from Punjab Public School in Nabha. He graduated from DAV College, Jalandhar and later did Diploma in Computer Application from Bathinda.
Studied Aeromodelling in Delhi
He said, ‘After completing my studies in 1996, I started farming in my village. There was a marriage in the family in 2007 and I had gone to UK for that. I saw these aero models in a flying club there. He said, ‘I brought two small aero models from there. Since my interest in aeromodelling had arisen. So I started searching things on the internet to gather more information on this topic. Later I did a course on aeromodelling from an institute in Delhi. Some retired officers of Army and Air Force used to run this institute.
Runway and workshop built in farmhouse
Khokhar said, “They (those running the institute) also used to publish a monthly magazine in which everything was explained in detail like flight theory, electronic set-up, various aspects of engine set-up, how aircraft fly, etc. Khokhar later started making his own aeromodels. At his farmhouse in his village, he built a runway, workshop and aeromodelling laboratory in an acre of land. He makes models of different planes and flies them over his fields.
Found a place in India Book of Records in 2022
He said, ‘Recently I made a model of C-130 Hercules transport aircraft which is the largest hand-made aircraft model in India and has found a place in the India Book of Records in August 2022.’ Khokhar said that whatever he is doing is within the ambit of the guidelines of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. He has joined hands with Chandigarh University, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical University, Bathinda and GNA University, Phagwara. He teaches the nuances of aeronautics to the students.
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 04, 2022, 19:54 IST