Indiana Student Wins Second Annual Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge

    Indiana Student Wins Second Annual Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge

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STRATFORD, Conn., Dec. 13, 2012

STRATFORD, Conn., Dec.13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a
subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), and By Kids For Kids Co.,
an organization that inspires kids to become successful inventors, today
awarded an Indiana teenager the Igor Sikorsky Youth Innovator Award for his
conceptual design of a circular-shaped medical evacuation helicopter.

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Ethan Chu, 16, from South Bend, Ind., received a trophy and a $1,000
scholarship check during a company-paid visit to Sikorsky's headquarters in
Stratford, Conn. Accompanied by his father William Chu, Ethan toured the
assembly line of Sikorsky's iconic BLACK HAWK and SEAHAWK^® military
helicopters, and met with company rotorcraft designers and engineers.

The Igor Sikorsky Youth Innovator Award is the grand prize for the Sikorsky
Helicopter 2050 Challenge, a national competition started in 2011 sponsored by
Sikorsky Aircraft and By Kids For Kids. This year's program challenged youths
ages 9-16 across the U.S. to envision an environmentally friendly helicopter.
The competition rated designs for concept uniqueness, description detail and
creativity of the presentation.

Ethan portrays his winning design as a compact, circular-shaped twin-engine
helicopter dubbed the AH-9 Diamondback. High strength materials in the form of
lightweight carbon nanotubes covered with titanium panels comprise the
helicopter's structure, a design approach that reduces the aircraft's weight
and fuel consumption, and improves its carrying capacity. His environmentally
friendly design further reduces carbon footprint by channeling engine exhaust
along the rotor blades and around the body of the aircraft to provide a
cushion of gas for additional lift — an aerodynamic principle known as the
Coanda Effect.

"We were impressed with the strong scientific reasoning and the good deal of
thought that Ethan put into his innovative submission," said Vern Van Fleet, a
chief test engineer for Sikorsky Military Systems. "And he never lost sight of
the competition theme, which was to produce an environmentally friendly
helicopter."

As an 11th grader, Ethan likes to play football and paintball. He is a member
of the Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society. When he is older,
Ethan aspires to be an aerospace engineer, and would like to learn to fly
aircraft.

"This competition gave me the opportunity to learn new knowledge and gain new
skills," said Ethan. "I was fascinated with the 'Coanda Effect' that I read
about, and I decided to use it to make my helicopter design more efficient."

Museums throughout the country participated in the Sikorsky Helicopter 2050
Challenge program, which engaged young visitors to envision the environmental
future of helicopters while learning important scientific and engineering
principles through fun hands-on activities.

"The Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge is a program to push kids to apply
what they've learned in school to create an idea that is entirely theirs,"
said Judy Bankowski, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Sikorsky.
"Our program seeks to inspire kids to think and innovate, and to begin shaping
their future."

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in
helicopter design, manufacture and service. United Technologies Corp., based
in Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high technology products and
support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.

By Kids For Kids^® (BKFK^®) is a platform that empowers youth invention,
innovation and entrepreneurship. BKFK promotes youth social innovation and
partners with leading corporations to inspire product development, crucial
technology skills, invention, and innovation in young people. BKFK provides a
unique platform for young people to develop, showcase, and commercialize their
products, inventions and entrepreneurship. BKFK's "cycle of innovation"
develops critical 21st Century skills in our nation's youth. The company
provides educational resources, curriculum and challenges that promote social
change, product development and entrepreneurial endeavors. For more about BKFK
visit www.bkfk.com.

Learn more about Ethan's Grand Prize Winning AH-9 Diamondback entry and the
other Helicopter 2050 finalists at www.helicopter2050.com.

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SOURCE Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

Website: http://www.sikorsky.com
Contact: Frans Jurgens, +1-203-386-6443, frans.jurgens@sikorsky.com; or Judy
Klym, By Kids For Kids, +1-203-921-9039, judy@bkfk.com
 
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