Grover E. Bell Award

Grover E. Bell Award

The Grover E. Bell Award is given for an outstanding research and experimentation contribution to the field of vertical flight development brought to fruition during the preceding calendar year. The Grover E. Bell Award was created by Larry Bell, founder of Bell Aircraft (now Bell Helicopter Textron) in 1957, in honor of his pioneering older brother, Grover E. Bell, who was killed in an aircraft crash in 1913. Eligible contributions include sub-systems as well as systems. The award consists of a 3-inch gold medal bearing the profiles of Lawrence and Grover Bell, a certificate, and a $250 honorarium.

2017
  • AW189 FIPS Interdisciplinary Team
  • Leonardo Helicopters

For the programs rapid prototype development, application and certification of the AW189 Full Ice Protection System (FIPS).
 
 
2016
  • S-97 Raider First Flight Team

For the successful industry-funded, rapid-prototyping design and development of an entirely new configuration, moving from conceptual design to flight in less than five years. The first flight demonstrated the viability of designing, tooling, manufacturing, assembling and testing through Sikorsky's collaborative "one team" approach
 
 
2015
  • Hub Mounted Vibration Suppression Design and Test Team
  • Sikorsky, AATD, and LORD

The team successfully demonstrated the ability of the HMVS to provide enhanced vibration suppression with significantly less weight, paving the way for a jet-smooth ride on both legacy and future aircraft with active rotor control
 
 
2014
  • Project Zero Team
  • AgustaWestland

The team successfully designed, built, and flew a highly innovative, one-ton, all-electric vertical flight aircraft in six months that established many world firsts, and worked as a lean and highly agile integrated team of 16 companies across three continents
 
 
2013
  • Armed Scout Helicopter/Aerodynamics Improvement Team
  • AMRDEC/NASA/PM

The team conceived, developed, tested and analyzed a powered scale model of the emerging OH-58F Kiowa Warrior configuration. The model is perhaps the most detailed scale wind-tunnel helicopter with full aerodynamic simulation of external components ever tested
 
 
2012
  • AH-64D Apache Block III Technology Development Team

For successfully developing the AH-64D Block III technical improvements, including Level IV Manned Unmanned Teaming, Open System Avionics architecture and significantly improved air vehicle operating performance due to the new split torque, face gear main transmission design and the new composite main rotor blades
 
 
2011
  • , National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC)
  • US Army, US Air Force, NASA, NASA Ames Research Center, US Army Aeroflightdynamics Directorate

For successfully completing the most intricate and extensive testing ever performed on a full-scale rotor system.
 
 
2010
  • 3D-LZ Team
  • Engineers and pilots
  • US Air Force, H.N. Burns Engineering Corporation, the US Army, the US Marine Corps, L-3 Vertex, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and Infoscitex
 
 
2009
  • National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC) Team
  • US Air Force/Arnold Engineering Development Center
 
Succeeded in restoring the NFAC to full operational status for rotorcraft testing in 2008. The NFAC is the 40-by-80 Foot, 80-by-120 Foot large-scale wind tunnel located at NASA Ames Center at Moffett Field, California.
 
2008
  • UH-60M Upgrade Flight Control Team
  • US Army/NASA/Sikorsky
 
The team defined, developed and built the most advanced helicopter flight control system flying today establishing full-authority, fly-by-wire control performance with active collective and cyclic inceptors.
 
2007
  • Manned/Unmanned Common Architecture Program, Phase II (MCAP II) Team
 
The advances demonstrated by the MCAP II team reduce the cost of maintaining and updating helicopter avionics systems while enabling helicopter platforms to become full participants in network centric operations on the modern asymmetric battlefield.
 
2006
  • Dr. Valentin Kloeppel
  • Aeromechanics Program Manager
  • Eurocopter Deutchland GmbH

Dr. Kloeppel's work in Active Rotor Control of helicopter blades, first on Higher Harmonic Control then on Individual Blade Control, led on September 8, 2005 to the world's first flight of a full-scale helicopter with electrically driven flaps. This work will result in reduced vibration, exterior noise, dynamic loads, blade instabilities, shocks and stall.
 
 
2005
  • Unmanned Little Bird Team
  • The Boeing Company
 
 
 
2004
  • MV-22 Integrated Test Team
 
 
2003
  • Flight Research Laboratory
  • National Research Council of Canada
 
 
2002
  • Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center
  • University of Maryland
 
 
 
2001
  • Multipoint Adaptive Vibration Suppression Systems Team
  • Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., NASA, US Army
 
 
 
2000
  • Rotorcraft Pilot's Associate Team
 
 
 
1999
  • Tiltrotor Aero-Acoustical Model Team
 
 
 
1998
  • RHealth and Usage Monitoring System Team
 
 
 
1997
  • Helicopter Systems Longbow Apache Team
  • US Army/McDonnell Douglas
 
 
 
1996
  • Ducted Tail Rotor Team
  • Bell Helicopter
 
 
 
1995
  • UH-60 Airloads Program
  • US Army, Aeroflightdynamics Directorate, and NASA Ames
 
 
 
1994
  • Full Scale Aerodynamics Complex
  • NASA
 
 
 
1993
  • Full Scale Aerodynamics Complex
  • NASA
 
 
 
1992
  • George T. Singley, III
  • Rotorcraft Centers of Excellence: Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Maryland, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • US Army
 
 
 
1991
  • 4BW Team
  • Bell Helicopter Textron
 
 
 
1990
  • No Award Presented
 
 
 
1989
  • UTC 'Shadow' Team
  • Sikorsky Aircraft
 
 
1988
  • UTC Systems Technology, Inc.
  • Sikorsky Aircraft
 
 
1987
  • Boeing Vertol Company, US Army,
 
 
1986
  • Franklin D. Harris
  • Bell Helicopter Textron
 
 
1985
  • Applied Technology Laboratories and ACAP Team
  • US Army, Sikorsky Aircraft
 
 
 
1984
  • ATL, Ft. Eustis
  • US Army
 
 
1983
  • Simulation Lab
  • Boeing Vertol
 
 
1982
  • Dr. Wayne R. Johnson
 
 
1981
  • XV-15 Project Team
 
 
1980
  • No Award Presented
 
 
 
1979
  • Wesley L. Cresap
 
 
1978
  • AH-64 Tech. Team and UH-60 Tech. Team
  • Hughes Helicopters and Sikorsky Aircraft
 
 
1977
  • Avn. Eng. Flight Activity
  • US Army
 
 
1976
  • ABC Concept
  • Sikorsky Aircraft
 
 
 
1975
  • Thomas H. Sanders
 
 
 
1974
  • No Award Presented
 
 
 
1973
  • Jan Drees
  • Bell Helicopter Co.

For development of the nodalized beam concept for reducing helicopter vibration.
 
 
1972
  • Aircraft Division, Engineering Team
  • The Hughes Tool Company

For development of the world's quietest helicopter.
 
  • Louis w. Hartwig, The Boeing/Vertol Model 347 Team; Engineering Team
  • Boeing Vertol, and Hughes Tool

For developing new standards in helicopter flying qualities, vibration and noise.
 
 
1971
  • S-67 Black Hawk Advance Fire Support Team
  • Sikorsky Aircraft
 
 
1970
  • AVLABS
  • US Army

For research and development during 1969 leading toward the development of advanced helicopters.
 
 
1969
  • Sikorsky Aircraft

For successful development and demonstration, thereby proving the utility and practicality of the flying crane concept by company sponsored efforts.
 
 
1968
  • Edwin J. Ducayet, HUEY/COBRA Team
  • Sikorsky Aircraft

For the successful and timely development of an attack helicopter for the escort and direct aerial fire support roles.
 
 
1967
  • Military Airlift Command
  • Air Rescue and Recovery Service
  • US Air Force
 
 
1966
  • Paul J. Carpenter
  • Director of Systems
  • U. S. Army Aviation Material Laboratories

For his foresight and leadership in fostering and directing research which established the technical feasibility of high-speed helicopter flight.
 
 
1965
 
 
 
1964
 
 
 
1963
  • BLUE INK here and adjacent rows: THIS INFORMATION WAS IN THE ORIGINAL INDEX BUT WAS not IN BANQUETS (I think it's supposed to be NO AWARD)
  • 11th Air Assault Division, Ft. Benning
  • US Army
 
 
 
1962
  • Aviation Center, Ft. Rucker
  • US Army
 
 
 
1961
  • Engineering Team
  • Sikorsky Aircraft
 
 
 
1960
  • Aviation School, Ft. Rucker
  • US Army
 
 
 
1959
  • Igor I. Sikorsky
 
 
 
1958
  • Leon L. Douglas
 
 
 
1957
  • Kurt H. Hohenemser