The AHS Sikorsky Prize was reserved for someone who could keep a human powered helicopter in the air. AeroVelo seems to have won this competition.
The AHS Sikorsky Prize has a record of remaining out of reach for many who tried to win it by their ingenious inventions. For 33 long years it was off limits to the world’s inventors. But according to AeroVelo, today the barrier has been broken. A team of engineers from Toronto claim to have kept a human powered helicopter up in the air for over a minute. All we can say is that hats off to Canada for achieving Leonardo da Vinci’s dream. The guidelines for the prize that is worth $250,000 were quite stringent. The duration of the flight was to be more than a minute. The height of the helicopter above ground level was to be more than three meters. Finally, the whole experiment in human flight was to take place within a ten meter square space. The AeroVelo Atlas accomplished this record and is reputed to have bagged the prize.
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Inquired as to how it felt like, Todd Reichart who handled the helicopter said that he felt as if he was a machine. The degree of physical and mental focus was something he had never felt before. Althoughmany are saying it is a fraud, the team is confident that it will prove itself worthy of the inspectors when they arrive to check up on their claims to the prize. The demonstration could be repeated thereby satisfying the competition’s rules and regulations.
Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter's AHS Sikorsky Prize Flight Video