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AHS International Announces 2014 Recipients of Its Prestigious Awards

March 31, 2014 --

ALEXANDRIA, VA(via eTeligis.com)

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's70th Annual Forum & Technology Displayat the Palais des congrs de Montral, Qubec, 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 Awardsare 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 areL. Kim Smith, former AHS International Deputy Director, andPhilip J. Dunford, The Boeing Company, Vice President/General Manager, Operating Executive, Boeing Military Aircraft.

TheAHS Technical Fellow Awardsare 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 areAlphonse 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, andDr.- Ing . Wolfgang von Grnhagen, DLR, Research Engineer.

The Society'sCaptain William J. Kossler Awardis 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 theUttarakhand Disaster Relief Helicopter Operatorsin 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 theU.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-basedAerospace Industrial Development Corporationis this year's recipient of theAHS 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.

TheGrover E. Bell Awardis given to the individual or organization that has fostered and encouraged research and experimentation in helicopter development. This year's recipient isAgustaWestland'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 continents.

TheHarry T. Jensen Awardis 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 theS-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 theHoward Hughes Award, given in recognition of an outstanding improvement in fundamental helicopter technology brought to fruition in the previous year, is theNRTC/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.

TheAgustaWestland International Helicopter Fellowship Awardrecognizes the most significant contribution to international vertical flight cooperation by an individual or group. This year's winner is the participants in theUS/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.

TheRobert L. Pinckney Awardis 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 theH-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'sPaul E. Haueter Awardis 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 toJay 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'sFranois-Xavier Bagnoud Awardis given toEric 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.

TheJohn J. Schneider Historical Achievement Awardis 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 isPeter 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 aircraft.

Dr. Wayne Johnson, Chief of Aeromechanics, NASA Ames Research Center, is this year's honored recipient of theDr. 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.

TheFrederick L. Feinberg Awardis 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 daringPilots 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 theVertical 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 Sitein 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 isPratt & Whitney Canada's Plant 1in Longueuil, Qubec, 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.

TheAeroVelo Team, who won the AHS InternationalIgor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competitionlast year, will also be fted at the Banquet.

No award is being given this year for theIgor 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 atwww.vtol.org/awards.

ContactLiz Malleck [email protected] (703) 684-6777 x107 AHS International -- The Vertical Flight Technical Society 217 N. Washington St.Alexandria, VA 22314, USAphone: 1-703-684-6777toll free: 1-855-AHS-INTLfax: 1-703-739-9279Send email:[email protected] web site: www.vtol.org

SOURCE: American Helicopter Society (AHS) International, Inc.

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