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Hello, Everyone

I am Saji Thomas, native of Thodupuzha, Iduki District of Kerala State, South India. I can’t hear & talk by birth but i was very much attracted to Aeroplanes and sky from my childhood onwards.

For me this is not just a hobby, but then this is my profession and it is my life. My ambition was to fly by my own aircraft and i did it on last April 2014. I was initially inspired by the helicopters which came to sprinkle pesticides on the rubber plantation near my house in my childhood. When i was 14, i got a chance to get in into a helicopter and fly as a co-pilot. I got very much knowledge about the aero planes, copters and addresses of many of the aircraft manufacturing companies from the pilots.

I worked hard to collect money to assemble a helicopter, as mechanic, electronic repairer, photographer and all. I made a copter’s frame, the price of an engine was great problem for me. So left the work for copter there itself. And after a long time I am again started to make a light weight aircraft and 2000 the aircraft was ready. And I came before media. Most of the peoples were amazed. Many people came to me and encouraged me. I displayed my model in annual "Karshika Mela" (An agricultural demonstration) organized by the Gandhiji Study Centre, Thodupuzha on December 2001. I wished meet the Hon. president APJ Abdul Kalam, he was the chief guest of that program but due to security problem i cant meet him. But he invited me for Air show at Gujarat and got 2nd prize. The aircraft was assembled in my own house. Its cost was 1.75 lakhs. The craft was single seated and weighed 200kg was technical marvel. It was powered with a 26.5 HP Yamaha engine, the vehicle has 6000 RPM to steer clear in the air. Aluminum pipes and metal sheets have been used for the frame.

Last April 2014 my ambition to fly at my own aircraft was done at Ambasamudram Thamil Nadu, a private flying yard by Mr. SKJ Nair Sir Rtd. Wing Commander, he did a lot for me.(See the Video Gallery for flying Video) My Wife, Son, Relatives & Friends did a lot for me to achieve my ambition. Deaf person by birth, educated only up to standard VII, knowing some what English, now 36 years old I could achieve my aim only by sheer willpower and belief in myself and my God will always with me.

My abilities includes Driving (4 wheeler & 2 Wheeler) ,Video & Photography, Mechanic of Electric Equipment . i would like to get a job as aero mechanic in any firm, so that I can always be with aircrafts. Now trying to acquire flying permission of My tested aircraft from Civil aviation I think it may possible with help of my well wishers.

This website is fully designed and hosted my Mr. Basil M.G (MCA, MTech) & Mr. Basil C Sunny, natives of Kothamangalam, free of cost, they are very much encouraged and supported my efforts.

Saji Thomas, Thodupuzha

  1. Saji X-Air :- A reverse engineering modal of Original Rajahamsa X-Air standard Flap-less.
  2. Certain innovative modifications have been incorporated :- such as the placement of Instrument panel and its arrangements. Much better than the original modal.
  3. Keel surface decoron fabric covering has been done away with. This will have a slight adverse effect in flying Characteristics especially in gliding ratio.
  4. Wooden propeller fitted is heavy and hence a reasonable amount of pressure is required to get the aircraft flying-though it can be counteracted with trimmer out put.
  5. Engine is a 65 HP hirth , which is commonly used in Ultralight Aviation.
  6. Flying characteristic:- She gets off comfortably with in about 120 to 150 mtrs of take off roll.Stable and smooth.

In general I would say Saji X-Air is a highly improved version of the original.

Wg Cdr. SKJ.Nair

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Saji Thomas

Alakanal.House, Thattakuzha.P.O


Idukki.Dist, Kerala,India PIN 685 581

Currently Working at : Unemployed

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