Canadian Human-Powered Helicopter Wins 33-Year-Old Challenge

Atlas human powered helicopterThe Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced this past July 2013 that Toronto’s AeroVelo Inc. was the recipient of its $250,000 AHS Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter competition – a prize that had gone unclaimed for over 30 years!

The Toronto-based AeroVelo team- led by pilot and co-engineer Dr. Todd Reichert and co-chief engineer Cameron Robertson, and a team led mostly by University of Toronto students achieved its record-breaking flight on June 13, 2013.

They beat the 33-year-old challenge by flying their Atlas helicopter at a height above three meters (9.8 feet) and hovering for 64 seconds… again, like the challenge is named… done via human power!

The Atlas vehicle is the largest human-powered helicopter to have ever flown, and is, indeed also the first of its kind to fly in Canada.

The Atlas has four rotors – each measuring nearly 70 feet, and has an airframe made of light carbon tubing and polymer and weighs a total of 115 lbs.

It also had a highly modified bicycle frame that was pedaled by the pilot.

It’s quite the achievement! For 33 years, no one was able to create a human-powered helicopter… until now.

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Andrew was born in London, UK, raised in Toronto, Canada, and cavorted in Ohtawara, Japan for three years. He is married, has a son and a cat. He has over 35,000 comic books and a plethora of pioneer aviation-related tobacco and sports cards and likes to build LEGO dioramas. He has written and been an editor for various industrial magazines, has scripted comic books, ghost-written blogs for business sectors galore, and hates writing in the 3rd person. He also hates having to write this crap that no one will ever read. He works on his Pioneers Of Aviation - a cool blog on early fliers - even though it takes him so much time to do. He also wants to do more writing - for money, though. Help him out so he can stop talking in the 3rd person.
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