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.

2018
  • The Combat Tempered Platform Demonstration Team
  • Sikorsky and US Army's ADD

For bringing to fruition an integrated suite of safety and reliability technologies that can be realistically implemented together that exemplifies both operational durability and total survivability.
 
The team successfully demonstrated via full-scale ground and flight testing an optimized configuration of reliability and safety enhancing technologies which will save lives and allow aircraft to operate for extended periods with minimal maintenance.
 
2017
  • 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.
 
2016
  • 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
 
 
2015
  • 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
 
 
2014
  • 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
 
 
2013
  • 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
 
 
2012
  • 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
 
 
2011
  • 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.
 
 
2010
  • Blackhawk Survivability Suite Team
  • US Army, Army Utility Program Office, DARPA, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, and Raytheon BBN

This team successfully achieved an innovative solution that directly addresses the primary threats to the safety and lives of US warfighters in Afghanistan and Iraq.
 
The two key survivability technologies that constitute the suite are an Upward-Turned Exhaust System (UES) and a Helicopter Alert and Threat Termination-Acoustic (HALTT-A).
 
2009
  • 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.
 
2008
  • 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.
 
2007
  • 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.
 
2006
  • 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.
 
 
2005
  • 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.
 
2004
  • Damage Tolerance Technology Team
  • NRTC/RITA

For their efforts on the NRTC/RITA Damage Tolerance Technology Team.
 
Combined team comprised of Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, The Boeing Company, and United Technologies Research Center.
 
2003
  • NRTC/RITA and ARL-VTD Team
  • Army Research Laboratory Vehicle Techlogy Directorate, BellHelicopter Textron Inc., NASA Langley Research Center, National Rotorcraft Technology Center, Rotorcraft Industry Technology Association, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., The Boeing Co.

For "Multi-Terrain Impact Safety".
 
 
The team was represented by - Dr. Edwin Fasanella, Dr.Karen E. Jackson, Dr. Ashish Sareen, Dr. Karen H. Lyle, Andy Kerr, Rande Vause, Charles W. Clark and Akif Bolukbasi.
 
2002
  • Cockpit Air Bag Systems Project Team
  • Air Crew Integrated Systems, US Army Aviation Applied TEchnology Directorate, Simula Safety Systems

For the successful introduction of air bag systems in helicopter cockpits.
 
 
2001
  • Crash Safety and Water Impact SBIR Teams
  • NRTC/RITA and US Navy

This team made significant contributions to improving helicopter crash safety for the soft soil and water impact scenarios that constitute 80 percent of helicopter crashes.
 
 
 
2000
  • The Boeing Mesa Longbow Integrated Maintenance Support System Team
  • Boeing-Mesa

The system provides an unprecedented capability for on-aircraft storage of maintenance and safety data as well as off-aircraft tools for data retrieval and analysis to aid the aircraft maintainer to be more accurate and efficient when performing maintenance.
 
 
The award presented to Richard Rodenkirk, The Bowing Co., Team Leader
 
1999
  • Apache Longbow IETM Team
  • The Boeing Company
 
 
 
1998
  • The MH-47E Structural Usage Monitoring Systems Team

For their original work on improving cargo helicopter reliability, maintainability and safety.
 
 
Dan Deibler, U.S.Army AATD; Tory Eide, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell; and Richard Teal, Bowing- Philadelphia.
 
1997
  • Sikorsky Cost Reduction Team
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

For their original work on reducing helicopter operating, support and direct maintenance costs.
 
 
 
1996
  • No Award Presented
 
 
 
1995
  • Technical Support Services Team
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
 
 
 
1994
  • Aviation Technical Test Center
  • US Army
 
 
 
1993
  • The Teams of Bristow Helicopters/Westland Helicopters Ltd./ Helikopter Service A/S/Stewart Hughes Ltd.

In recognition of their development of the Helicopter Health and Usage System.
 
 
 
1992
  • Joseph P. Cribbins
 
 
 
1991
  • James W. Turnbow, Ph.D.

For his three decades of contributions to the field of crashworthy engineering.
 
 
 
1990
  • James D. Cronkhite
  • Bell Helicopters Textron
 
 
1989
  • Roy Fox
  • Bell
 
 
1988
  • Intelligent Fault Locator Team
  • McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co., US Army, ARTA, and AATD
 
 
1987
  • Thomas Dixon
 
 
1986
  • CH-46 Team
  • NAVAIR and Boeing Vertol Co.