Vertical Flight Society Press Releases Archive

Press Releases 2001 – 2017

Current press releases 2018 – 2021

2017

Chopra Selected as 2018 Nikolsky Lecturer, October 23, 2017

AHS International announced today that Dr. Inderjit Chopra — Alfred Gessow Professor in Aerospace Engineering and Distinguished University Professor has been selected for the prestigious 2018 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship [PDF]

2017 Student Design Winners, August 14, 2017

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society today announces the winners of the 34th Student Design Competition: University of Maryland won first place in both the graduate and undergraduate categories. [PDF]

2017 Alfred Gessow Best Paper Award, June 30, 2017

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society announced today the winner of the Society’s prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper at AHS International's 73rd AHS Annual Forum and Technology Display. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2017 Board of Directors, April 27, 2017

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, announced the election results for its 2017-2018 Board of Directors. The following members of the Board's Executive Committee were elected for the annual term of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. [PDF]

Press Release AHS International Supports Uber's Vision of Electric VTOL, April 25, 2017

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, applauds Uber Technologies for its bold plan to transform urban transportation with electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft. [PDF]

Forum 73 Features Nearly 50 VIP Speakers, April 14, 2017

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, today announces the full line-up of VIP speakers at its 73rd Annual Forum & Technology Display. [PDF]

2017 Lichten Award Winners, April 13, 2017

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, today announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical award. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2017 Award Recipients , March 28, 2017

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, today announced the 2017 recipients of its prestigious awards program. [PDF]

2017 VFF Scholarship Winners Announced, March 24, 2017

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, announced its 2017 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. 24 scholarships totaling $80,000 were awarded to some of the top engineering students interested in vertical lift. [PDF]

AHS Announces Forum 73 VIP Speakers , March 2, 2017

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society – today announced the line-up of VIP speakers for its 73rd Annual Forum & Technology Display on May 9-11, 2017, at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. [PDF]

2016

Dr. Karen Jackson is 2017 Nikolsky Lecturer, October 14, 2016

AHS International announced today that Dr. Karen E. Jackson has been selected for the prestigious 2017 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. [PDF]

2016 Student Design Winners, August 12, 2016

AHS International today announces the winners of the 33rd Student Design Competition: University of Maryland won first place in the graduate category and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) came in first in the undergraduate category. Bell Helicopter sponsored the competition with $10,000 in prize money plus $2,000 in travel stipends to the AHS Annual Forum. [PDF]

2016 Alfred Gessow Best Paper Award, July 12, 2016

AHS International announced today the winner of the Society’s prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper at the 72nd AHS Annual Forum and Technology Display. [PDF]

Georgia Tech Wins 4th Annual MAV Student Challenge, May 17, 2016

AHS International hosted the 4th annual electric-powered VTOL Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Student Challenge on May 16, 2016, as part of the AHS International 72nd Annual Forum and Technology Display at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida.

AHS Announces 2016 Board of Directors, May 4, 2016

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society — is pleased to announce the election results for its 2016-2017 Board of Directors. [PDF]

2016 VFF Scholarship Recipients, April 12, 2016

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society — is pleased to announce its 2016 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. [PDF]

AHS 2016 Lichten Award Winners, April 6, 2016

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society — today announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical awards. [PDF]

2016 AHS Awards Recipients, March 15, 2016

AHS International today announced the 2016 recipients of its prestigious awards program. [PDF]

2015

AHS, VLC Join Forces, December 18, 2015

The American Helicopter Society and the Vertical Lift Consortium are pleased to announce that Congress added new funding for the Future Vertical Lift research and development effort in the defense portion of the year-end spending bill for FY2016. [PDF]

2016 Nikolsky Lectureship Announced, October 29, 2015

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society — announced today that Mr. Tom L. Wood, Chief Technologist at Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., has been selected for the prestigious 2016 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. [PDF]

2015 Student Design Winners, August 20, 2015

AHS International today announces the winners of the 32nd Student Design Competition: University of Maryland won first place in the graduate category and the Georgia Institute of Technology/ Middle East Technical University (METU) Team “Air Buzz” came in first in the undergraduate category. [PDF]

2015 Alfred Gessow Best Forum Paper Award, June 23, 2015

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society announces today the winner of the Society’s prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper presented at the AHS International 71st Annual Forum and Technology Display. [PDF]

Winners of AHS International 3rd Annual MAV Student Challenge, May 12, 2015

AHS International is pleased to announce the results of the 3rd Annual Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge held at the 71st Annual AHS International Forum. [PDF]

2015 Board Election Results, April 24, 2015

AHS International Chair of the Board Ed Birtwell, General Manager and VP of Turboshaft Engines at GE Aviation, today announced the results of the general elections for the AHS Board of Directors. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2015 Special Award Winners, April 9, 2015

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society – today announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical awards and its annual membership awards. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2015 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients, April 2, 2015

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society – is pleased to announce its 2015 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. A total of 22 scholarships were awarded this year to some of the world’s most talented engineering students interested in vertical flight. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2015 Award Winners, March 13, 2015

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society – today announced the 2015 recipients of its prestigious awards program, which has, since its establishment in 1944, paid tribute to the outstanding leaders of vertical flight and served as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances. [PDF]

AHS International Recognized for Excellence in Communications, January 12, 2015

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society – today announces that its Executive Director, Mike Hirschberg, has been recognized for excellence in communications. [PDF]

2014

FY2015 Congressional Successes, December 17, 2014

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society – today announces two major accomplishments in the US federal government’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget. [PDF]

Ormiston Awarded Nikolsky Lectureship, October 21, 2014

AHS International Executive Director Mike Hirschberg announced today that Dr. Robert A. Ormiston, US Army Emeritus Scientist, has been selected for the 2015 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. [PDF]

2014 Student Design Winners, August 11, 2014

AHS International today announces the winners of the 31st Student Design Competition: St. Louis University came in first in the undergraduate category and Georgia Institute of Technology won first place in the graduate category. [PDF]

2014 Student Design Competition, August 11, 2014

AHS International today announces the winners of the 31st Student Design Competition: St. Louis University came in first in the undergraduate category and Georgia Institute of Technology won first place in the graduate category. [PDF]

2014 Alfred Gessow Best Forum Paper Award, July 30, 2014

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society announces today the winner of the Society’s prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper presented at the AHS International 70th Annual Forum and Technology Display. [PDF]

Forum 70 Sets New Records, May 23, 2014

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society – has concluded a very successful 70th Annual Forum and Technology Display. [PDF]

AHS International Announces New Board Members, April 24, 2014

AHS International Chair of the Board John Garrison, President and CEO of Bell Helicopter Textron, today announced the results of the general elections for the AHS Board of Directors. [PDF]

Forum 70 Special Presentations & Winners, April 16, 2014

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society – today announced the line-up of special speakers for its 70th Annual Forum & Technology Display at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, Québec, Canada, May 20-22, 2014. [PDF]

2014 Awards Recipients, March 31, 2014

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society – today announced the 2014 recipients of its prestigious awards program. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2014 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients, March 25, 2014

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society is pleased to announce its 2014 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. [PDF]

AHS International Celebrates 70 Years of Advancing Vertical Flight Technologies, February 24, 2014

AHS International, the world’s premier professional vertical flight technical society, is celebrating 70 years of advancing the state of the art of rotary wing technology and promoting its application around the globe. [PDF]

2013

Dr. Dewey H. Hodges Awarded 2014 AHS Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship, November 12, 2013

AHS International Executive Director Mike Hirschberg announced today that Dr. Dewey H. Hodges, Georgia Institute of Technology, has been selected for the 2014 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. [PDF]

AHS Recognizes Franklin Institute as Heritage Site, October 23, 2013

AHS International, the world’s premier professional vertical flight technical society, will recognize the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as its first Vertical Flight Heritage Site. [PDF]

New Historic Aerospace Site, October 1, 2013

On Friday September 28, 2013, the site of the first successful helicopter in America was recognized as a Historic Aerospace Site. [PDF]

2013 Student Design Competition, August 20, 2013

The AHS International Student Design Competition Steering Committee announced that The University of Maryland came in first place in the 30th Student Design Competition graduate category. [PDF]

HPH Competition Winner, July 11, 2013

AHS International congratulates AeroVelo, Inc. for winning its Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition for the first time since the Society established it 33 years ago. [PDF]

2013 Alfred Gessow Best Forum Paper Award, June 21, 2013

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society announced today the winner of the Society’s prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper presented at the AHS International Annual Forum. [PDF]

Forum 69 Surpasses Expecations in Advancing Vertical Flight, May 28, 2013

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society – has concluded a very successful 69th Annual Forum and Technology Display. [PDF]

AHS International: Prevailing In "Demanding Environments", May 21, 2013

Attendance and presentations at AHS International’s 69th Annual Forum and Technology Display this week highlight its standing as the premier event for government, industry and academia to work together in advancing vertical flight technology. [PDF]

AHS International Announces New Officers For The Board Of Directors, April 23, 2013

AHS International Board Chair Stephen D. Mundt, Vice President, Business Development, EADS North America,today announced the results of the society’s general elections for officers and directors for the period July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. [PDF]

AHS International Announces 2013 Award Recipients, April 8, 2013

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society – today announced the 2013 recipients of its prestigious awards program. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2013 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients, March 25, 2013

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society is pleased to announce its 2013 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. [PDF]

AHS Celebrates 70 Years Of Promoting Advances in Vertical Flight Technology, March 5, 2013

AHS International, the world’s premier professional vertical flight technical society, is celebrating 70 years of advancing the state of the art of rotary wing technology and promoting its application throughout the globe at Heli-Expo 2013. [PDF]

2012

2013 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship, November 14, 2012

AHS Executive Director Mike Hirschberg announced today that Professor Peretz Friedmann, University of Michigan, has been selected for the 2013 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. [PDF]

2013 Student Design Competition, September 6, 2012

The 2013 Student Design Competition challenges students to design The HealCopter, a helicopter aimed at rescuing victims of a natural disaster. It must be capable of reaching the scene of the disaster rapidly with a large payload.

2012 AHS Student Design Competition Winners, August 7, 2012

AHS Executive Director Michael J. Hirschberg announced that The University of Maryland came in first-place in the 29th Student Design Competition graduate category with “Dart T690/E550.” [PDF]

2012 Alfred Gessow Award Winner, July 10, 2012

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society announced today the winner of the Society’s prestigious Best Paper Award. The Alfred Gessow Award is given each year for the best technical paper at the AHS Annual Forum. [PDF]

AHS Announces New Officers for the Board of Directors, April 17, 2012

AHS International chair Philip J. Dunford, Chief Operating Officer, Boeing Military Aircraft, today announced the results of the society’s general elections for officers and directors for the period July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2012 Scholarship Recipients, April 5, 2012

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society is pleased to announce its 2012 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2012 Award Recipients, March 23, 2012

Philip J. Dunford, the Chair of the Board of AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society announced the recipients of the Society’s 2012 awards program. [PDF]

2011

AHS Supports New Caucus, December 13, 2011

AHS Executive Director Michael J. Hirschberg today helped kick off the Army Aviation Caucus with an invited presentation at the inaugural session of the newly-formed caucus. [PDF]

2012 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship, October 19, 2011

AHS Executive Director Mike Hirschberg announced today that Professor Gareth Padfield has been selected for the 2012 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. [PDF]

2011 AHS Student Design Competition Winners, July 22, 2011

The University of Maryland and Georgia Institute of Technology Take Top Honors in the 28th Annual AHS/Industry Student Design Competition [PDF]

2011-2012 Officers, May 22, 2011

AHS International chairman Philip J. Dunford, Chief Operating Officer, Boeing Military Aircraft, today announced the results of the society’s general elections for officers and directors for the period July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. [PDF]

AHS Names Hirschberg as Executive Director, May 18, 2011

The American Helicopter Society International's Chairman of the Board, Philip J. Dunford, today announced the selection of Michael J. Hirschberg to be the AHS Executive Director, effective June 1, 2011. [PDF]

2011 AHS Award Winners, April 4, 2011

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Society Chairman Philip J. Dunford today announced the recipients of the Society’s 2011 awards program. [PDF]

2010

2010 Student Design Competition, July 19, 2010

AHS Executive Director M. E. Rhett Flater announced that The University of Maryland came in first-place in the 27th Student Design Competition graduate category with “Goliath”and Georgia Institute of Technology’s “Thor” captured second-place honors. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2010 Award Recipients, March 12, 2010

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Society Chairman Stephen Ramsey today announced the recipients of the Society’s 2010 awards program. This prestigious program was initiated in 1944 and over the years has paid tribute to the outstanding leaders of the vertical flight industry. [PDF]

2009

Press Release: Dr. Wayne Johnson is Awarded the 2010 AHS Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship, November 23, 2009

AHS Executive Director M. E. Rhett Flater announced today that Dr. Wayne Johnson has been selected to receive the Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. The Lecture will be delivered at the 66th AHS Annual Forum and Technology Display at the Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, May 11, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. [PDF]

2009 Student Design competition, August 31, 2009

AHS Executive Director M. E. Rhett Flater announced that Georgia Institute of Technology and Liverpool University came in first place in the 27th Student Design Competition graduate category and the University of Maryland captured second place honors. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2009 Award Recipients, April 3, 2009

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Society Chairman Jeffrey Pino today announced the recipients of the Society’s 2009 awards program. This prestigious program was initiated in 1944 and over the years has paid tribute to the outstanding leaders of the vertical flight industry. [PDF]

2008

Press Release: Dr. Fredric H. Schmitz is Awarded the 2009 AHS Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship, November 12, 2008

AHS Executive Director M. E. Rhett Flater announced today that Dr. Fredric H. Schmitz has been selected to receive the Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. The Lecture will be delivered at the 65thh AHS Annual Forum and Technology Display at the Gaylord Grapevine Resort and Conference Center in Grapevine, Texas on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. [PDF]

2008 Student Design Competition, August 20, 2008

AHS Executive Director M. E. Rhett Flater announced that University of Maryland and Konkuk University came in first place in the 25th Student Design Competition graduate category and Georgia Institute of Technology captured second place honors. Turkey’s Middle East Technical University won the Best New Entrant honors. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2008 Award Recipients, March 28, 2008

The Vertical Flight Society Chairman Richard Millman today announced the recipients of the Society’s 2008 awards program. This prestigious awards program was initiated in 1944 and over the years has paid tribute to the outstanding leaders of the vertical flight industry. [PDF]

2007

Press Release: Dr. David A. Peters is Awarded the 2008 AHS Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship, December 27, 2007

AHS Executive Director M. E. Rhett Flater announced today that Dr. David A. Peters has been selected to receive the Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. The Lecture will be delivered at the 64th AHS Annual Forum and Technology Display at the Palais des congres, Montréal, Canada on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. [PDF]

2007 Student Design Competition, August 15, 2007

Georgia Institute of Technology and The Pennsylvania State University/ Technion - The Israel Institute of Technology take top honors in the 2007 24th Annual AHS/Industry/NASA Student Design Competition [PDF]

Press Release: AHS Announces a Novel Approach to AHS Membership Enrollment by One of the World's Leading Helicopter Manufacturers, April 25, 2007

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Society Executive Director, M. E. Rhett Flater, announced today that Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. has embarked on a Society membership enrollment effort using employee payroll deduction. This membership campaign will begin May 21, 2007 for U.S.-based employees of Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2007 Award Recipients, March 21, 2007

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Society Chairman Philip J. Dunford today announced the recipients of the Society’s 2007 awards program. This prestigious awards program was initiated in 1944 and over the years has paid tribute to the outstanding leaders of the vertical flight industry. [PDF]

2006

Press Release: Dr. Kenneth M. Rosen is Awarded the 2007 AHS Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship, November 16, 2006

AHS Executive Director M. E. Rhett Flater announced today that Dr. Kenneth M. Rosen has been selected to receive the Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. The Lecture will be delivered at the 63rd AHS Annual Forum and Technology Display at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach, VA, May 1 – 3, 2007. [PDF]

2006 Student Design Competition, August 10, 2006

AHS Executive Director M. E. Rhett Flater announced that Georgia Institute of Technology came in first place in the 23rd Student Design Competition graduate category and the University of Maryland captured second place honors. The Istanbul Technical University won as the “Best New Entrant.” [PDF]

AHS Announces 2006 Award Recipients, April 13, 2006

The Vertical Flight Society Chairman Dr. William H. ‘Bud” Forster today announced the recipients of the Society’s 2006 awards program. This prestigious awards program was initiated in 1944 and over the years has paid tribute to the outstanding leaders of the vertical flight industry. [PDF]

Press Release: HAI and AHS Announce Formation of International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST), January 31, 2006

Voluntary Rotorcraft Safety Initiative Launched by a Widespread Coalition of Operators, Manufacturers, Regulatory Agencies and Industry Associations [PDF]

2005

Press Release: Franklin D. Harris is Awarded the 2006 AHS Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship, October 20, 2005

AHS Executive Director M. E. Rhett Flater announced today that Franklin D. Harris has been selected to receive the Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. The Lecture will be delivered at the 62nd AHS Annual Forum and Technology Display at the Phoenix Civic Plaza, Phoenix, Arizona, May 9 – 11, 2006. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2005 Award Recipients, March 10, 2005

The Vertical Flight Society Chairman Paul Martin today announced the recipients of the Society’s 2005 awards program. This prestigious awards program was initiated in 1944 and over the years has paid tribute to the outstanding leaders of the vertical flight industry. [PDF]

2004

Press Release: Walter G. Sonneborn is Awarded the 2005 AHS Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship, October 26, 2004

AHS Executive Director M. E. Rhett Flater announced today that Walter G. Sonneborn has been selected to receive the Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. The Lecture will be delivered at the 61st AHS Annual Forum and Technology Display at the Gaylord Texan Resort, Grapevine, Texas, June 1-3, 2005. [PDF]

2004 Student Design Competition, August 18, 2004

AHS Executive Director M. E. Rhett Flater announced that the University of Maryland came in first place in the 21st Student Design Competition graduate category and Georgia Institute of Technology captured second place honors. The US Air Force Institute of Technology won third place as well as the "New Entrant" category. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2004 Award Recipients, April 7, 2004

The Vertical Flight Society Chairman Dr. Robert G. Loewy today announced the recipients of the Society's 2004 awards program. This prestigious awards program was initiated in 1944 and over the years has paid tribute to the outstanding leaders of the vertical flight industry. [PDF]

2003

2003 Student Design Competition, August 11, 2003

AHS Executive Director M. E. Rhett Flater announced that the University of Maryland came in first place in the 20th Student Design Competition graduate category and Georgia Institute of Technology captured second place honors. In the undergraduate category The Pennsylvania State University won first-place with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute coming in a close second and Iowa State University placing third. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2003 Award Recipients, April 30, 2003

AHS International - The Vertical Flight Society Chairman Gilles Ouimet today announced the recipients of the Society's 2003 awards program. [PDF]

2002

2002 Student Design Competition, August 22, 2002

AHS Executive Director M. E. Rhett Flater announced that the University of Maryland came in first place in the graduate category in the 19th Student Design Competition and Georgia Institute of Technology captured second place honors. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute won first place in the undergraduate category. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2002 Award Recipients, April 22, 2002

The Vertical Flight Society Chairman John Murphey, today announced the recipients of the Society's 2002 awards program. [PDF]

AHS International Announces New Officers and Board of Directors, April 22, 2002

AHS International chairman John Murphey today announced the results of the society's general elections for officers and directors for the period July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2003. [PDF]

2001

2001 Student Design Competition, August 24, 2001

AHS Executive Director M. E. Rhett Flater announced that the University of Maryland came in first place in the 18th Student Design Competition and Georgia Institute of Technology captured second place honors. [PDF]

Dr. Richard M. "Dick" Carlson is Awarded the AHS Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship, February 14, 2001

AHS Executive Director M. E. Rhett Flater announced today that Richard M. "Dick" Carlson has been selected for this prestigious honor. [PDF]