A group of young Cambodian talents build an RC airplane​

Technical skills are in high demand in developing countries like Cambodia. Cheun Chany, a young Cambodian man, initiated Khomnith Team for a few years ago in order to build the first big-size RC airplane in Cambodia.

Mr. Chany, 28, once had a dream to be a pilot when he was young; however, because of family’s condition and lack of supports from parents and relatives, his dream vanished from reality. 

Khomnith team works on the RC airplane project. Khomnit-គំនិត

Dream of becoming a pilot has changed him to have passion for technologies, and leads him to create a team for the purpose of creating RC airplanes in Cambodia.

 “The purpose beyond the creation of this team is to gather young, talented people who love technologies to do research and develop new technologies to fulfil the demand in Cambodia. We have a clear vision in the future that Cambodia needs technologies to develop the economy,” said Chany.

Mr. Choen Channy, the founder of Khomnith, holds an airplane. Khomnit-គំនិត

He noted that the group was first founded in the middle of 2005 with only five members, but now the team has eight members who have various skills in designing, creativity, electric, and so on.

So far, Komnith has produced two airplanes, a glider and an RC airplane, and his team plans to create an airplane that can carry passengers in the future.

“First, we tried to understand the mechanism of an airplane, so we started to do research, understand and analyze it. We created it without any basic knowledge or from a scratch of idea; we just researched and built it,” said Channy.

“We met difficulties because we had no guidance and clear goal. Moreover, we needed enough money to test it. But when it was not successful, we wasted a lot of money.”

With strong passion, persistency and perseverance, this small team was able to make the first gliders, fixed-wing aircrafts that are supported in flight by the dynamic reaction of the air, which could fly 50 meters in 2012 and in 2018 this team decided to sell them officially. 

Khomnith team test-flys the experimental airplane. Khomnit-គំនិត

Mr. Channy stated that, “Before creating such gliders, we had to study about the technical aspects, meaning we had to know the balance of the wings and weight.”

After the success of creating gliders in Cambodian market, they started to build RC airplanes with 3.3 meters which will fly soon.

Mr. Channy continued that, “we faced challenges like lacking some materials. We need light and hard materials, so we can easily calculate the formula of balancing. What is more, we meet technological problems. Secondly, we have to make sure that the airplane can fly with balance because the bigger the airplane, the harder for us to find ways to balance its weight. And we have no space to test-fly this experimental plane.”

The 3.3-meter plane was tested a few months ago, but it had some technical issues which are currently under maintenance and fixing operation and will be put on flight test again next month.

“We plan to fly again next month. We have equipped it with radio controller and use the balance systems that are originally created by our team,” Mr. Channy said.

On behalf of the team, Mr. Channy calls for support and motivation in order to launch this project successfully.

“I would like to appeal to the rich and benefactors to support some finance for us because it is not for personal benefits but for the society, the country,” he emphasized.

Telling BizKh Asia, H.E Ros Soveacha, spokesman of Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, said the ministry is executing STEM Education policy [focusing on Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subjects]. We welcome and motivate all initiatives, ideas, and studies related to STEM. As seen, the ministry created New Generation School by mainly focusing on STEM.”

According to the estimation of Development of Small, Medium and Large Industry Policy, Cambodia needs 65,000 experts in STEM while now Cambodia has only more than 10,000.

By: LUNG Vannak