Harry T. Jensen Award

Harry T. Jensen Award

Since 1986, the Society has given the Harry T. Jensen Award for an outstanding contribution to the improvement of vertical flight aircraft reliability, maintainability, and/or safety through improved design brought to fruition during the preceding year. Established by Sikorsky Aircraft, the award honors Harry Jensen’s contributions to enhance helicopter qualification, structural reliability and safety.

  • Sikorsky-Army-Navy Operations & Sustainment (O&S) Technology Development Team
  • Sikorsky Aircraft; US Army; US Navy
For their outstanding synergistic and collaborative efforts to research, develop and demonstrate high-value diagnostics, prognostics and system health management technologies that will enable a paradigm shift in O&S processes, such as comprehensive condition-based maintenance (CBM), radical reductions in maintenance burden and O&S costs, and enhanced safety.
  • S-92 Program
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

For an unprecedented one million hour safety record due to stringent transport category helicopter safety requirements developed by U.S. and international regulatory authorities, groundbreaking safety features, an extraordinary commitment to safety by operators, and Sikorsky's continued safety enhancements and fleet support
  • V-22 Structural Appraisal of Fatigue Effects (SAFE) Team
  • Bell-Boeing

A joint US Navy/Bell Boeing effort to improve V-22 safety, reliability and maintainability through a data-based determination of fatigue life expended on critical components. Some structural components are seeing a three-fold increase in life
  • S-92A Main Rotor Hub Life Extension Team
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

The award was given for the team's outstanding development and implementation of a methodology that extends component life through individual aircraft usage credits
  • Apache AH-64E Composite Tailboom Development Team

The team was successful in bringing composite design and manufacturing technology to military rotorcraft through successful completion of a live-fire test at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland. This new technology application greatly increases reliability, durability and maintainability with improved strength, lower weight and lower recurring cost than the current Apache metallic tailboom
  • COL Gregory Masiello
  • V-22 Joint Program Manager
  • US Marine Corps

Recognized for his efforts leading to outstanding reductions in operating costs, significant improvements in safety records and the exceedingly low mishap rate of a complex rotorcraft system
  • Boeing Active Crash Protection System Development Team, consisting of The Boeing Company, the US Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, Honeywell, General Dynamics Ordnance and the University of Maryland

For developing new technologies which greatly increase the effectiveness of rotorcraft crash protection systems and significantly improve rotorcraft crash survivability.
  • Blackhawk Survivability Suite Team
  • US Army, Army Utility Program Office, DARPA, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, and Raytheon BBN
  • Apache Health Monitoring Team
  • US Army
This team, led by Dr. Jon Keller of the US Army Aviation Engineering Directorate, developed an innovative condition indicator that detects faults in the AH-64 main transmission. Additional members of the team include Jeremy Partain, also of the US Army Aviation Engineering Directorate; Damian Carr and Frances Love, both support contractors for the US Army at Redstone Arsenal; Paul Grabill of Honeywell; and Hieu Ngo and Perumal Shanthakumaran of The Boeing Company.
  • ALERTS/Appareo Systems and Bristow Group
This team has improved helicopter safety through a new product called ALERTS, Aircraft Logging and Event Recording for Safety and Training. The system helps operators minimize fleet risk levels by improving training and insuring compliance with standard operating procedures through flight data recording, monitoring, and 3D flight recreation. It represents an innovative and affordable way to perform flight data monitoring.
  • MDS Coating Technologies Corp.
This -Prince Edward Island, Canada-based corporation produces an ER-7 erosion resistant coating for the General Electric T-64 engine that powers the CH-53E Super Stallion, the MH-53E Sea Dragon and the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters. The Naval Air Systems Command's H-53 Program Office has estimated $8 million in cost savings per helicopter annually and a return-on-investment to date of 20 to 1. This coating has increased the availability of the T-64 engines and the readiness of the CH-53E fleet. At the end of 2006, with a significant number of ER-7 coated engines deployed in theatre, low power engine removal decreased to peace time rates. These quantifiable improvements in fleet readiness and availability also translate to significant decreases in logistical support requirements and maintenance hours.
  • Joint Advanced Health and Usage Monitoring System Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration Team

The team developed the first even HUMS In-Flight Reporting System on operational military HUMS-equipped aircraft.
  • UH-60Automatic Flight Control Team
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Significant team contribution to the advancement of rotorcraft safety through development of improved coupled flight director functions and pilot interface for the hover degraded visual environment.
  • Damage Tolerance Technology Team
  • Team for Multi-Terrain Impact Safety
  • Cockpit Air Bag System Development Team
  • Crash Safety and Water Impact SBIR Teams
  • NRTC/RITA and US Navy
  • Longbow Integrated Maintenance Support System Team
  • Boeing-Mesa
  • Apache Longbow IETM Team
  • The Boeing Company
  • The MH-47E Structural Usage Monitoring Systems Team
  • The Boeing Company
  • Cost Reduction Team
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
  • No Award Presented
  • Technical Support Services Team
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
  • Aviation Technical Test Center
  • US Army
  • The Teams of Bristow Helicopters/Westland Helicopters Ltd./ Helikopter Service A/S/Stewart Hughes Ltd.
  • Joseph P. Cribbins
  • James W. Turnbow, Ph.D.
  • James D. Cronkhite
  • Roy Fox
  • Intelligent Fault Locator Team
  • McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co., US Army, ARTA, and AATD
  • Thomas Dixon
  • CH-46 Team
  • NAVAIR and Boeing Vertol Co.