AHS International congratulates AeroVelo for reaching an altitude of about 3 m during a flight test on Friday March 15, 2013 of their "Atlas" Human Powered Helicopter (HPH). Reaching 3 m is one of the three major requirements for achieving the AHS Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition. Video data taken during this flight indicate that two rotors and the lowest part at the center of the aircraft (below the bicycle) were all above 3 m (9.84 ft), but two rotors were slightly below this threshold.
The AHS Sikorsky Prize requires that every part of an HPH is momentarily above 3 m, while hovering over a 10 m x 10 m (32.8 ft x 32.8 ft) for a minimum of 60 seconds. Full details of the competition are available at www.vtol.org/hph. An archive of news, photos and video about AeroVelo and other competitors for the AHS Sikorsky Prize are available at www.vtol.org/hph-news.
During this final flight of March 8, AeroVelo reached and the apogee of approximately 3 m, but a rotor clipped one of the structural line. This resulted in a crash, causing major structural damage to two trusses and rotors. AeroVelo is currently repairing "Atlas" for additional flight testing.
In other testing on March 15, AeroVelo flew "Atlas" 8 times for as long as 40 seconds, while controling the aircraft over teh 10 m x 10 m box. The aircraft is being tested at The Soccer Centre in Vaughan, Ontario, outside of Toronto.
AHS wishes all of our HPH competitors the best of luck in competing in the competition. The AHS Sikorsky Prize was initiated by AHS in 1980 and has remained unclaimed for a third of a century.