What is the Sikorsky Prize?

The Sikorsky Prize went to a Toronto Team

The Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition was established in 1980 by the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International. The award, the AHS Sikorsky Prize, was given for the first human powered helicopter (HPH) to meet a set of extremely challenging flight requirements.

The requirements to win the AHS Sikorsky Prize includes a flight duration of 60 seconds, reaching an altitude of 9.8 ft, and the aircraft hovering over a 10-by-10 meter (32.8-by-32.8 ft) square.

This year, the $250,000 Sikorsky Price was won by a Canadian engineering team.  The team is made up of University of Toronto students, alumni and volunteers. AeroVelo’s Atlas human powered helicopter made the cut inside a soccer center near Toronto.

The flight occurred June 13, and the announcement was made after videos of the flight were verified by the competition committee.

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