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 18 months. The Grover E. Bell Award was created by Larry Bell, founder of Bell Aircraft (now Bell 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.

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  • Tiltrotor Aeroelastic Stability Testbed (TRAST) Wind Tunnel Test Team

For their efforts leading to impactful research in the development and advancing of fundamental understanding of aeroelasticity for next generation tilt rotor aircraft.
  • Autonomous Sustainment Technologies for Rotorcraft Operations (ASTO) Rotor Team

For their experimental contribution to the development and test demonstrations of technologies for automated in-flight rotor track and balance (RTB).
  • Project Convergence 2021 Autonomy Demonstration with a S-70 Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV) - Sikorsky
  • Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company

Several firsts were achieved in this project demonstration, including multiple autonomous re-supply missions, including autonomous aircraft startup, pre-flight checks, flight and shutdown; launch of uncrewed air launched effects (ALEs) from the OPV that was itself acting as a drone; first autonomous Black Hawk commanded by soldiers; first time a Black Hawk helicopter has been commanded off-board via an operational Army Ground Control Station (ATAK tablet).
  • Bell's Electrically Distributed Anti-Torque (EDAT) Development Program
  • Bell Textron

This year's recipient Bell’s EDAT is a distributed anti-torque thrust system, using an array of electric fans with fixed-pitch blades. This concept offers greater simplicity than conventional designs and has the potential to reduce helicopter noise.
Using a mix of custom-designed and commercial-off-the-shelf equipment, an international team developed and flew a Bell 429 demonstrator, providing valuable data on the practical use of hybrid-electric technology.
  • Sikorsky-Boeing/Army Joint Multi-Role Test Team
  • Sikorsky-Boeing

This year’s Grover E. Bell Award recipient is the Sikorsky-Boeing/Army Joint Multi-Role Test Team.
Over the past two years, the JMR Test Team completed powered wind tunnel testing of a one-fifth scale SB>1 Defiant in the National Full-scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC) wind tunnel, Propulsion System Test Bed (PSTB) endurance testing of key SB>1 drivetrain components, and flight testing of the Defiant aircraft. The data collected provide a comprehensive database for the SB>1 aircraft that has been instrumental in informing the US Army’s decisions for Future Vertical Lift (FVL).
  • Bell V-280 Valor Team
  • US Army Aviation Development Directorate and Bell

This year’s recipient was the Bell V-280 Valor Team. Over the first year of flying, the team generated over 1,000 flight test points, gathering critical data on the performance and characteristics of a clean-sheet design rotorcraft. During more than 90 hours of flight testing, the fly-by-wire V-280 demonstrated forward flight at 280 knots (518 km/h) true airspeed, as well as low and high-speed agility.
At the time of award nomination in February, the V-280 had over 90 hours of flight and more than 195 rotor-turn hours. Additional flight testing milestones included forward flight at 280 kt (518 km/h) true airspeed, in-flight transitions between cruise mode and vertical takeoff and landing, 50° banked turns at 200 kt (370 km/h) indicated airspeed, 4,500 ft/min (23 m/s) rate of climb, sustained flight at 11,500 ft altitude (3,500 m), single flight ferry flight of over 370 miles (600 km), and demonstrated low- and high-speed agility. The award was accepted by Dan Bailey from the US Army Aviation Development Directorate; and Helmuth Koetzer, Jason Owens, Kaylen Short, Brad Roberts and Paul Wilson from Bell.
  • Clean Sky Green Rotorcraft (GRC) Rotor Design Team
  • Airbus Helicopters

In just 30 months, the five-nation Airbus team developed, built and flight tested a five-bladed passive rotor optimized for acoustics, performance, comfort and cost.
The resulting multi-disciplinary optimized rotor was flight tested on the Bluecopter demonstrator and achieved well-balanced improvements simultaneously in all of these categories. Particularly remarkable was the unprecedented low external noise signature. The GRC rotor design does not require any vibration isolation, thus reducing complexity, weight and cost, while providing excellent comfort and considerably higher speed and payload.
  • AW189 FIPS Interdisciplinary Team
  • Leonardo Helicopters

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

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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Armed Scout Helicopter/Aerodynamics Improvement Team

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
  • Apache Block III Technology Development Team AH-64D
  • The Boeing Company

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 (CMRB)
The team consisted U.S.Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD); Aviation & Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center (AMRDEC); Northstar Aerospace; Lockheed Martin/Northrop Grumman Longbow Limited; Elbit Systems and The Boeing Company.
  • UH-60 Airloads Wind Tunnel Test Team
  • US Army, US Air Force, NASA, and The National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex(NFAC)

For successfully completing the most intricate and extensive testing ever performed on a full-scale rotor system.
Team leaders included Thomas Norman, NASA Ames Research Center, and Patrick Shinoda, US Army Aeroflightdynamics Directorate.
  • 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

The team assimilated and tested the various 3D-LZ system components on the test helicopter, and then performed a safe and thorough assessment of the technology in complete brown-out conditions.
  • National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC) Team
  • US Air Force/Arnold Engineering Development Center

The team 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.
  • UH-60M Upgrade Flight Control Team
  • US Army, NASA, and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

This year's honored recipient is the US Army / NASA / Sikorsky UH-60M Upgrade Flight Control Team. 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.
The UH60M Upgrade Flight Control Team is comprised of the U.S. Army’s Utility Helicopter Program Office, AMRDEC / Aeroflightdynamics Directorate, NASA Ames Research Center, and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
  • Manned/Unmanned Common Architecture Program, Phase II (MCAP II) Team
  • US Army AATD; The Boeing Company; and EFW, Inc.

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.
The MCAP II Team is comprised of U.S. Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) members and industry teammates from The Boeing Company and EFW, Inc.
  • 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.
  • Unmanned Little Bird Team
  • The Boeing Company

The team converted a commercial helicopter into an autonomous demonstrator capable of automatic take-offs and landings as well as autonomous waypoint navigation.
The members of the Unmanned Little Bird Team including Boeing Advanced Unmanned Systems and L-3 CommWest.
  • MV-22 Integrated Test Team
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., DynCorp, NAVAIR, Rolls-Royce, The Boeing Company and US Marine Corps.
  • Flight Research Laboratory
  • National Research Council of Canada

For conducting world class vertical takeoff and landing research since the 1950s.
  • Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center
  • University of Maryland

Award was accepted by Dr. Inderjit Chopra, Director of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center, Elaine Gessow, wife of the late Professor Gessow and his daughter Lisa Michaelson.
  • Bell/NASA/US Army Multipoint Adaptive Vibration Suppression Systems (MAVSS) Team
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., NASA and US Army

For their successful development and demonstration of the MAVSS controller on the V-22 tiltrotor aircraft.
Award was accepted by Richard L. Bennet (left), Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., and Mark Nixon representing NASA and US Army.
  • Rotorcraft Pilot's Associate Team
  • US Army, Boeing Mesa, Lockheed Martin Federal Systems, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories, Applied Systems Intelligence and Honeywell

For their successful development and demonstration of the world's first cognitive decision aiding system for combat helicopters.
Rotorcraft Pilot's Associate Team comprised of the U.S.Army, Boeing Mesa, Lockheed Martin Federal Systems, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories, Applied Systems Intelligence and Honeywell. Dean Borgman, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Col.Waldo Carmona, U.S.Army, Lt.Col. George Dimitrov, U.S.Army, Lisa Harrison, U.S.Army, Lee Daniel, The Boeing Co., Rich Kupferer, The Boeing Co., Chris Bodenhorn, Lockheed Martin, and Steve Ramsey, Lockheed Martin Aerospace Systems.
  • Tiltrotor Aero-Acoustical Model Team
  • Health and Usage Monitoring System Team

For research and experimentation in helicopter development.
The president and chairman congratulate the Rotorcraft Industry Technology Association Health and Usage Monitoring System Team. Representing RITA at the awards Banquet were Seth Dawson, Boeing- Mesa; Rich Teal, Boeing Philadelphis; Jim Cronkhite, Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.; and Joe Pratt andStuart Kershner of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. John Ward, RITA Executive Director was also asked to step forward to accept this honor.
  • Longbow Apache Team
  • US Army/McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems

For one of the most successful flight test programs ever conducted on Army systems.
  • Ducted Tail Rotor Team
  • Bell Helicopter

For their outstanding design which will improve safety, increase aerodynamic efficiency and reduce noise.
  • UH-60 Airloads Program
  • US Army, Aeroflightdynamics Directorate, and NASA Ames

For outstanding cooperative research and development on UH-60 Airloads Program.
  • Full Scale Aerodynamics Complex
  • NASA

For their outstanding cooperative research and development support.
  • Frederic Schmitz
  • NASA

Honored for the work performed by the NASA Full Scale Aerodynamics Complex.
Dean Borgman, left, then AHS chairman and Edward J. Renouard, then outgoing AHS (now VFS) president, center, present Frederic Schmitz, right, of NASA the Grover E. Bell Award certificate.
  • George T. Singley, III and the US Army Rotorcraft Centers of Excellence
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Maryland, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • 4BW Team
  • Bell Helicopter Textron

4BW Team successfully completed flight tests of an all-composite four-bladed bearingless main rotor on an AH- I W Cobra helicopter.
  • No Award Presented
  • UTC 'Shadow' Team
  • Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Team - Div. UTC and Systems Technology, Inc.
  • Sikorsky Aircraft

The Grover E. Bell Award was presented to the team of Sikorsky Aircraft, Div. UTC, and Systems Technology, Inc., for their contributions to helicopter development, research and experimentation advancing the modeling and testing of helicopter dynamics and structural bending modes.
  • Boeing Vertol Company, US Army Applied Technology Directorate

The Grover E. Bell Award was shared jointly by Boeing Vertol and the U.S. Army Applied Technology Directorate.
  • Franklin D. Harris
  • Bell Helicopter Textron

Grover E. Bell award winner Franklin D. Harris, Bell Helicopter Textron, was recognized for his efforts as the director of engineering for the Army Helicopter Improvement Program.
Horner presents Bell certificate to Franklin D. Harris in the image.
  • Applied Technology Laboratories and ACAP Team
  • US Army, Sikorsky Aircraft

In recognition of outstanding research and experimentation in helicopter development.
Teaming with Sikorsky was the U.S.Army's Applied Technology Laboratory.
  • Applied Technology Laboratory, Ft. Eustis
  • US Army -ATL

For its role in supporting helicopter research and development.
  • Simulation Lab Bruce B Blake, and Theodore S. Garnett, Jr.
  • Boeing Vertol

For their efforts as the leaders of the Boeing Vertol Simulation Laboratory's contribution to the advancement of simulation technology.
In 1982 the Simulation Laboratory put into operational use a rotorcraft motion-base simulator that is a unique and valuable tool in the cost effective investigation of flight control laws,
  • Dr. Wayne R. Johnson
  • Group Leader- Low-Speed Aircraft Research Branch
  • NASA Ames

He made major contributions to the solution of specific problems such as tilt rotor dynamics, ground resonance on wind tunnel strut systems, influence of rotor wake geometry on blade loads, dynamics of large wing turbines, and rotrcraft noise generation.
Dr. Johnson has taken these individual contributions, and along with other disciplines, combined them into a comprehensive rotorcraft analysis computer program that is the most advanced and best documented available today.
  • U.S.Army/NASA/Bell Helicopter Textron XV-15 Project Team

In recognition of its outstanding achievement in successfully demonstrating the feasibility and potential of tilt rotor technology. This highly successful program has been an achievement of innovative management and engineering and a model of cooperation between government and contractor representatives in all the various testing activities.
As a result of this approach, a relatively trouble free flight test program quickly established the wide conversion flight corridor of the tilt rotor concept. The contractor flight test program included numerous full conversions, and the expansion of the flight envelope to 300 knots in the airplane mode set a new record for rotary aircraft. The award was accepted by Dean C. Borgman, Director of Advanced Systems at AVRADCOM, David D. Few- Assistant Chief of the NASA, and Kenneth G. Wernicke- Technical Manager for the XV-15 at Bell Helicopter Textron.
  • No Award Presented
  • Wesley L. Cresap
  • AH-64 Tech. Team and Sikorsky Aircraft H-60 Tech. Team
  • Hughes Helicopters and Sikorsky Aircraft

For outstanding improvements representing exceptional innovation on the part of the design teams to provide the free world combat helicopters with substantial reductions in vulnerability and improved safety features which are the key to the survivability of their military user.
  • Aviation Engineering Flight Activity
  • US Army

For the development under unusually severe constrictions of time and equipment of many exemplary experimentation techniques, and for generating data vital to successful on-time completion of competitive tests involving the UTTAS and AAH Programs in support of the source-selection process.
  • ABC Team
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Div. of United Technologies Corp.

For the development of the advancing blade concept research helicopter. The success of this concept opens the potential of applying lifting rotors to much higher speeds and load factors than has been heretofore possible.
The award was accepted on behalf of the ABC Team by President Gerald J. Tobias
  • Thomas H. Sanders
  • Manager-HLH
  • Boeing Vertol Co.

For development of the HLH Fly-by-Wire Control system, wit full recognition to Ralph Trueblood of Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, and James Matthews of AcLabs for prior work in this area.
Sanders now is manager- LAMPS Technology.
  • No Award Presented
  • Jan Drees
  • Bell Helicopter Co.

For development of the nodalized beam concept for reducing helicopter vibration.
Drees and his coworkers at Bell have developed and successfully demonstrated a nodalized beam system that virtually prevents rotor-induced vibrations from being transmitted to a helicopter fuselage. Scientific benefits include ride smoothness and increased maneuver capability with the anticipation of improved subsystem life and reduced structural fatigue.
  • Aircraft Division, Engineering Team
  • The Hughes Tool Company

For development of the world's quietest helicopter.
  • The Boeing/Vertol Model 347 Team
  • Boeing

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

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

For successful development and demonstration, thereby proving the utility and practicality of the flying crane concept by company sponsored efforts.
  • 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.
  • Air Rescue and Recovery Service Military Airlift Command
  • US Air Force

For conceiving and fostering operational in-flight refueling of helicopters from standard tanker aircraft, thereby increasing effective helicopter ranges to the limits of crew capability.
  • Paul J. Carpenter
  • Director of Systems
  • USA Aviation Materiel Laboratory

For his foresight and leadership in fostering and directing research which established the technical feasibility of high-speed helicopter flight.
  • No Award Presented
  • No Award Presented
  • US Army 11th Air Assault Division, Ft. Benning
  • 11th Air Assault Division, Ft. Benning
  • US Army
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Engineering Team
  • Sikorsky Aircraft

For development of the HSS-2 which claimed four world speed records for the United States.
Carlos C. Wood. Sikorsky Engineering Manager, accepted the award.
  • Combat Development Office of US Army Aviation School
  • US Army Aviation School

For its outstanding work in the field of helicopter development. For the development of the helicopter as a close air support combat vehicle, thereby significantly increasing its military effectiveness. The award presented to Major General Ernest F. Easterbrook, Commander of Army Aviation Center.
The combat development office developed the successful helicopter armament program which has provided an integrated company strength helicopter squadron adequately armed to provide reconnaissance, fire suppression, and tank and transport vehicle kill capabilities completely integrated with troop and cargo supply transport in mobile front line warfare. With this concept, the Army has demonstrated full-scale combat exercises with groups of helicopters including company -sized units of up to forty helicopters during the year 1960.
  • Igor I. Sikorsky

For his outstanding pioneering work in the development of the crane helicopter.
  • Vertol Engineering Staff
  • Vertol Aircraft Company

For design, development and successful test flight of the Vertol 76, the first tilt wing aircraft to perform successful conversion.
The award was accepted by Lee Douglas, Vice President, for Vertol Engineering Staff.
  • Leon L. Douglas
  • Kurt H. Hohenemser

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