Competitors close in on AHS Sikorsky Prize

Gamera Feb 27, 2013AHS congratulates the AeroVelo and University of Maryland teams for successful flight testing of their human powered helicopters in pursuit of the AHS Igor I. Sikorsky Prize. To win the AHS Sikorsky Prize, a human powered helicopter must stay aloft for 60 seconds within a 10 m x 10 m box and reach a momentary attitude (measured by the lowest point on the aircraft at the time) of 3 m.

AeroVelo conducted testing of their Atlas HPH in Toronto on Friday February 22. As noted on their website, it was “an incredible day of flight testing: the rotors were balanced and trimmed with very few adjustments and controls were responsive and effective!” Flights of 5 ft and 30 seconds have been demonstrated to date. As posted in updates on their Twitter feed, the team is planning to test again shortly. (Read more)

University of Maryland conducted testing of their Gamera II XR in Baltimore last week on February 26-28. As posted in regular updates on their Twitter feed, the team completed “a beautifully controlled 55 second flight.” This is in addition to prior (separate) flights of 65 seconds and 9.4 ft – nearly achieving the required 3 m (9.8 ft) altitude. (Read more)

The California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) is also in pursuit of the AHS Sikorsky Prize, with flights of their Upturn II HPH planned to resume in the coming weeks.

AHS established the AHS Igor I. Sikorsky Prize in 1980. Sikorsky Aircraft became involved in 2009 by pledging $250,000 to the winner. This is the third largest monetary prize in aviation history. 

AHS International wishes all the best luck to our competitors in our contest, which has been unclaimed for a third of a century.

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(AHS photos)

Atlas flight Jan 25, 2013