AHS International Announces 2014 Recipients of Its Prestigious Awards

AHS International Announces 2014 Recipients of Its Prestigious Awards 
ALEXANDRIA, VA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/31/14 --  AHS International --
The Vertical Flight Technical Society -- today announced the 2014
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. This year's winners will be recognized at the
70th Annual Grand Awards Banquet on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 during
AHS International's 70th Annual Forum & Technology Display at the
Palais des congres de Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  
"Few things compare to the wonder of vertical flight. The passion of
the engineers, scientists and leaders who advance vertical flight
technology and the dedication of the skilled pilots and crews who
operate these incredible aircraft is truly an inspiration," said John
Garrison, CEO of Bell Helicopter and this year's Chair of the Board
of AHS International. "The prestigious AHS International Awards
Program pays tribute to the extraordinary achievements and
contributions of the men and women who exemplify the very best of the
technical and operating communities." 
AHS Honorary Fellow Awards are granted to Society members whose
career-based leadership and innovation have significantly advanced
the interests of the vertical flight community. Only two Honorary
Fellowships are bestowed each year. Recipients receive lifetime
membership in the Society. This year's winners are L. Kim Smith,
former AHS International Deputy Director, and Philip J. Dunford, The
Boeing Company, Vice President/General Manager, Operating Executive,
Boeing Military Aircraft.  
The AHS Technical Fellow Awards are granted to Society members whose
career-based accomplishments towards the goals and objectives of the
vertical flight technical community constitute an outstanding
technical achievement. This year's recipients are Alphonse Lemanski,
Retired; Dr. James Wang, AgustaWestland, Vice President for Research
& Development; Dr. J.V.R. Prasad, Georgia Institute of Technology,
Professor; Dr. Ram JanakiRam, The Boeing Company, Senior Manager
Flight Technology and Boeing Technical Fellow, and Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang
von Gruenhagen, DLR, Research Engineer.  
The Society's Captain William J. Kossler Award is given for the
greatest achievement in practical application or operation of rotary
wing aircraft, the value of which has been demonstrated by actual
service during the preceding year. This year, the Kossler Award is
being presented to two groups for their life saving heroics. The
first award goes to the Uttarakhand Disaster Relief Helicopter
Operators in the Indian Himalayas. The pilots and crews are being
recognized for their heroic efforts delivering lifesaving supplies
and evacuating those in need due to catastrophic flooding and
landslides in June 2013; within seven days of the disaster,
helicopters had airlifted more than 20,000 people and delivered over
500 tons of aid. A second Kossler Award is being presented to the
U.S. Marine Corps Medium Tiltrotor Squadrons VMM-262 and VMM-265. The
squadron members are being recognized for their heroic efforts
delivering lifesaving supplies and evacuating those in need during
Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) relief operations in the Philippines in
November 2014, saving thousands of lives.  
Taiwan-based Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation is this
year's recipient of the AHS Supplier Excellence Award. This award is
given to a supplier who, through the quality, innovativeness and
cost-effectiveness of its products, has made a notable contribution
to improving the state-of-the-art of vertical flight aircraft. This
year's award is for the extraordinary performance in the fabrication
and delivery execution of forty two S-92 helicopter cockpits in 2013. 
The Grover E. Bell Award is given to the individual or organization
that has fostered and encouraged research and experimentation in
helicopter development. This year's recipient is AgustaWestland's
Project Zero Team. The team successfully designed, built, and flew a
highly innovative, one-ton, all-electric vertical flight aircraft in
six months that established many world firsts, and worked as a lean
and highly agile integrated team of 16 companies across three
The Harry T. Jensen Award is given in recognition of an outstanding
contribution to the improvement of helicopter reliability,
maintainability, safety or logistics support through improved design
or technical achievement brought to fruition during the preceding
year. This year's award is presented to the S-92A Main Rotor Hub Life
Extension Team. The award was given for the team's outstanding
development and implementation of a methodology that extends
component life through individual aircraft usage credits. Sikorsky
successfully gained FAA approval of a methodology to accomplish this
usage-based lifting concept approval for S-92A hub life extensions
for both retired and in-service hubs. 
This year's recipient of the Howard Hughes Award, given in
recognition of an outstanding improvement in fundamental helicopter
technology brought to fruition in the previous year, is the NRTC/VLC
High Fidelity Icing Analysis and Validation Team. The team is being
recognized for the contributions towards the understanding of
fundamental aspects of rotorcraft icing and for the validation of an
icing analysis tool suite which will improve safety and reduce cost
and schedule for certification and qualification of rotorcraft. 
The AgustaWestland International Helicopter Fellowship Award
recognizes the most significant contribution to international
vertical flight cooperation by an individual or group. This year's
winner is the participants in the US/France Project Agreement on
Helicopter Aeromechanics and Human Factors Integration Research: the
French DGA, ONERA, U.S. Army, NASA and Georgia Institute of
Technology. Established in 1971, the international collaboration is
heralded as the longest-running, continuous scientific cooperation in
rotorcraft for both the US and France. Its goal has been to tackle
difficult and complex scientific research problems, to advance basic
fundamental knowledge, and to perform precompetitive technology
development, all to the benefit of the rotorcraft research and
development community.  
The Robert L. Pinckney Award is given in recognition of notable
achievement in manufacturing research and development for rotorcraft
or rotorcraft components brought to fruition in recent years. This
year's recipient is the H-1 Pourable Foam Stiffened Structure (PFSS)
Team, including Bell Helicopter and the US Navy's Naval Air Systems
Command (NAVAIR), for the development of a unique elevator design
utilizing carbon/epoxy skin laminates and urethane foam core.
Overall, this process reduces part count by 92%, weight by 31% and
overall cost by 80%, as well as cutting maintenance time to 13% of
previous levels. 
The Society's Paul E. Haueter Award is presented each year to an
individual or company that has made significant contributions to the
development of vertical take-off and landing aircraft (VTOL) other
than helicopters. This year, the Haueter Award will be given to Jay
Carter, Jr., President, Chief Executive Officer and Principal Design
Engineer, Carter Aviation Technologies, LLC, for his achievements in
slowed-rotor compound aircraft designs capable of providing
unprecedented improvements in rotorcraft operational flexibility,
efficiency, speed and safety. Mr. Carter's contributions culminated
during flight testing in 2013 when Carter's 4-place second generation
Slowed-Rotor/Compound (SR/C) VTOL demonstrator consistently achieved
level flight lift-to-draft values of nearly 12, exceeding values of
conventional helicopters by a factor of 2.5. 
This year's Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Award is given to Eric Sinusas,
Drive Systems Engineer, Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. This award,
established in 1992 to recognize outstanding contributions to
vertical flight technology by a Society member under the age of 35,
honors Mr. Sinusas's already significant technical contributions to
the design of gearboxes and drive systems, development of a laser
hardening method to improve wear characteristics of a rotorcraft
drive spline, and to the manufacturing, lubrication, protection and
repair of rotorcraft drive systems.  
The John J. Schneider Historical Achievement Award is given in
recognition of distinguished achievement by an individual in
encouraging appreciation of, and enhancing access to, the history and
legacy of vertical flight aircraft. This year's recipient is Peter J.
Papadakos, Executive Director, Gyrodyne Helicopter Historical
Foundation. The US Navy's Gyrodyne QH-50 first flew in 1959; it was
the world's first operational unmanned helicopter and continued
flying until 2006. Mr. Papadakos has invested decades of his personal
time and wealth in enhancing access to and encouraging the
appreciation of the history and legacy of vertical flight. Through
his actions, he has saved and restored many QH-50 drones as historic
Dr. Wayne Johnson, Chief of Aeromechanics, NASA Ames Research Center,
is this year's honored recipient of the Dr. Alexander Klemin Award.
This prestigious award is presented for recognition of notable
achievement in the advancement of rotary wing aeronautics. He is
honored for his role as an eminent aeronautical engineer, educator,
and author in his 40-plus year career in rotorcraft. Dr. Johnson's
seminal contributions to aeromechanics analyses, comprehensive
modeling, design tools and wind tunnel testing of full-scale
helicopters have had a major influence on the understanding of
aeromechanical behavior and the design of modern rotorcraft systems.  
The Frederick L. Feinberg Award is presented to the helicopter
pilot(s) who have made the most outstanding achievement in the
previous year. This year's award is given to the daring Pilots and
Crew of RESCUE118, Irish Coast Guard Search and Rescue Base at Sligo
Airport, located in Strandhill, County Sligo, Ireland. The Sikorsky
S-61N crew made a heroic nighttime rescue on May 15, 2013, saving the
life of an injured climber above a 1,200 ft (365 m) sheer drop in the
Bluestack Mountains in severe weather, hovering a half-rotor
diameter's distance from the cliff face for 20 minutes. 
New to the AHS Annual Award Program this year is the Vertical Flight
Heritage Site Award. The Vertical Flight Heritage Sites program is
intended to recognize and help preserve locations with the most
noteworthy and significant contributions made in both the theory and
practice of helicopter and other VTOL aircraft technology. This year
the committee has selected two sites to recognize for their historic
significance. The Bell Helicopter Gardenville Site in Cheektowaga,
New York was the site of Bell's initial helicopter developments,
including construction and first flights of the three Model 30
prototypes, which would lead to more than 6,000 Bell Model 47s over
four decades. Also honored is Pratt & Whitney Canada's Plant 1 in
Longueuil, Quebec, where the iconic PT6 helicopter engine was
developed and is still produced today a half-century later, powering
more than 25 different types of rotorcraft. 
The AeroVelo Team, who won the AHS International Igor I. Sikorsky
Human Powered Helicopter Competition last year, will also be feted at
the Banquet. 
No award is being given this year for the Igor I. Sikorsky
International Trophy, as there were no submissions in this category. 
AHS International -- The Vertical Flight Technical Society -- has
6,500 members in more than 40 countries and is the world's leading
technical society dedicated to the advancement of vertical flight
technology and its applications. Descriptions of each of the awards
and past recipients are available on the Society's website at
Liz Malleck
(703) 684-6777 x107 
AHS International -- The Vertical Flight Technical Society
217 N. Washington St. 
Alexandria, VA 22314, USA
phone: 1-703-684-6777
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