One of the great things about aviation has been the interest in aviation by the public at large, and as a result the encouragement of advances in aviation through providing contests and prizes for innovation and accomplishment in aviation. We all remember the $ 10M X Prize for spaceflight
, so it is not surprising that there would be a prize for a human powered flight by a helicopter. The American Helicopter Society Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Prize has been offered for the first successful controlled flight of a human powered helicopter which can hover for one minute and achieve an altitude of 3 meters. During the last 12 months a team from the University of Maryland broke the record for the longest human powered flight, and now a UC Berkley student is working hard to claim the American Helicopter Society Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Prize. Considering the fact that the record for human powered helicopter flight is currently 12 seconds, winning this prize is not as easy as it may seem. TH UC Berkley student, Kyle Zampaglione, has created an ultralight helicopter called Upturn which was created specifically to win this prize. Learn more about Upturn here.
Upturn has 85 and 48 foot rotors, and the team feels they can win the prize; however, they are looking for some professional bicycle riders to help achieve the goal. Upturn weights around 95 pounds and is constructed of lightweight plastic and hollow foam rotor blades. What the team needs is a professional cyclist weighing in at less than 140 pounds capable of generating one horsepower of energy per minute. The Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition offers a prize of $ 250,00 for the first successful controlled flight of a human powered helicopter that meets the requirements of the American Helicopter Association. Are you a professional cyclist looking for a challenge? Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7+
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