Robert L. Pinckney Award

Robert L. Pinckney Award

The Robert L. Pinckney Award is given for a notable achievement in manufacturing research and development for vertical flight aircraft or components brought to fruition in the preceding year. The Award was created by Boeing in 1995 to honor the memory of Robert L. Pinckney, an eminent manufacturing engineer.

2018
  • CH-53K Drive System Development Team
  • US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)/Sikorsky

The team developed the largest helicopter main gearbox in the Western world.
 
The CH-53K Split Torque Gearbox has been brought to fruition, through successful flight demonstration and customer operational assessment of heavy lift helicopter with an unprecedented vertical heavy lift capability for the US Marines.
 
2017
  • Advanced Blade Erosion Program Team
  • Bell Helicopter Textron; The Boeing Company; Hayden Corporation; US Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR)

For its RotorShield flame spray coating which doubles erosion performance on the V‑22 Osprey.
 
 
2016
  • V-280 Wing Development Team
  • Bell Helicopter and Lockheed Martin

From innovative product design to next generation composite materials and fabrication processes, the V-280 wing design results in greater than 50% nonrecurring savings and 57% recurring savings over legacy tiltrotor wings with a raw material utilization improvement of 25%
 
 
2015
  • S-97 Raider Helicopter Fuselage Development Team
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

For demonstrating the viability of designing, tooling, manufacturing and assembling a rotorcraft fuselage that is 70% composite (by weight) in a rapid prototyping environment
 
 
2014
  • H-1 Pourable Foam Stiffened Structure (PFSS) Team
  • Bell Helicopter and US Navy (NAVAIR)

For the development of a unique elevator design utilizing carbon/epoxy skin laminates and urethane foam core.
 
 
2013
  • V-22 Large Cell Composite Core Flaperon Team
  • Bell Helicopter and Boeing Helicopter Co.

For its focus on cost-reduction initiatives, reliability and maintainability
 
 
2012
  • CH-53K Virtual Design Team
  • NAVAIR and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

For its use of virtual design tools to improve design and manufacturing efficiencies. The team successfully implemented and used the system to vastly reduce design and manufacturing costs during preliminary and critical design phases
 
 
2011
  • No Award Presented
 
 
 
2010
  • The PROMETAL RCT/Sikorsky Digital Casting Team
  • PROMETAL RCT and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

For developing and producing defect-free magnesium sand castings from digital molds with a 50 percent reduction in lead time.
 
PROMETAL RCT, with funding provided by Sikorsky Aircraft, successfully developed a process to produce sand casting molds directly from digital data on automated machinery.
 
2009
  • RDS-21 (Face Gear) Development Team
  • US Army (AATD) and Sikorsky
 
The team is recognized for developing an additional gear concept that reduces the number of stages in transmission systems, reduces overall gearbox weight and height requirements, and significantly improves designs that require high ratio reductions in an individual stage. This demonstration proved a 32 percent increase in power density and a noise reduction of 12 decibels.
 
2008
  • Survivable Affordable Repairable Airframe Program (SARAP) Virtual Prototype and Validation Development Team
  • US Army and Sikorsky
 
The team is recognized for validating the innovative design and manufacture of advanced composite structures to achieve aggressive weight reduction and recurring and non-recurring cost reductions. These technologies, statically tested in 2007, are currently being incorporated into the Navy CH-53K and future upgrades to the Army UH-60 platform.
 
2007
  • Paul Oldroyd and Tricia Hiros
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
 
Led a process development team at the coupon level, sub-component level, and were key participants in the flight-demo yoke program which demonstrated the Fiber-Placed yoke concept and validated the benefit. Subsequently, they were the principle drivers during the development and implementation of the Fiber-Placed yoke concept on the Bell Model 429.
 
2006
  • No Award Presented
 
 
 
2005
  • Composite Talicone/Stabilator Development Team
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
 
 
This team is recognized for demonstrating the economic viability of incorporating composite structures on mature production helicopter airframes.
 
2004
  • The Complex Composite Structural Concepts (CCSC) Team
 
CCSC Team includes The Boeing Company, US Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate and the US Army Aviation & Missile Command, Manufacturing Science & Technology Division.
 
2003
  • NRTC/RITA Bell-Sikorsky High-Speed Machining of Titanium Team
  • Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Manufacturing Labs Inc., University of Florida, University of North Carolina, NRTC, Remelle Engineering and RITA
 
 
The representatives of the team were- Edmund Leigh, Stephen Varansy, William Harris, Paul Darcy, Thomas S. Delio, John Schueller, Scott Smith, Bethany Wood, Andy Kerr, Glenn Bushendrof and Rande Vause.
 
2002
  • Sikorsky Rotary Wing Structures Technology Demonstration Team
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corp, US Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, The Boeing Co.
 
 
2001
  • 609 Wing Torque Integrated Product Team
  • Bell-Agusta
 
 
 
2000
  • Split Torque Transmission Team
  • Boeing-Mesa, Derlan Aerospace Canada, DARPA, and NASA Glenn Research Center

For recognition of notable achievement in manufacturing research and development for rotorcraft or rotorcraft components brought to fruition in recent years.
 
 
Dr. Robert Handschuh, U.S.Army Research Lab, Allan McLerie, Derlan Aerospace Canada, David fisher, Derlan Aerospace Canada, Gregory Heath, Boeing and Dr. William Scheuren, DARPA.
 
1999
  • The S-92 Development Team
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
 
 
 
1998
  • The Tandem Rotor Program Producibility Team

For notable achievement in manufacturing research and development for rotrorcraft or rotorcraft components brought to fruition in recent years.
 
 
The Tendem Rotor Program Producibility Team was represented by Krishan Ashua, Airframe Integrated Product Team Leader for the Improved Cargo Helicopter Program and Bruce Thompson, lead engineer for airframe design at Bowing - Philadelphia.
 
1997
  • V-22 Airframe Integrated Product Team
  • Bell Helicopter and Boeing Helicopter Co.
 
 
Represented by Dave Snyder, Technical Director for the Bell-Boeing Joint Program Office in Award ceremony.
 
1996
  • RAH 66 Comanche Precision Manufacturing Team
  • Boeing-Sikorsky