Aerospace engineering students win AHS competition

Image of The Texas A&M Healcopter

Aerospace engineering students working on their senior capstone design project under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Rogers won second place in the 30th Annual American Helicopter Society (AHS) Student Design Competition.

The team’s entrant, a tiltrotor callled “The HealCopter,” took second place in the undergraduate category as well as being named “Best New Entrant.”
The AHS Student Design Competition, which challenges students to design a vertical lift aircraft that meets specified requirements, provides a practical exercise for engineering students at colleges and universities around the world. The competition promotes student interest in vertical flight technology.

The 2013 Student Design Competition challenged students to design The HealCopter, a helicopter aimed at rescuing victims of a natural disaster. It must be capable of reaching the scene of the disaster rapidly with a large payload. It also requires equipment for the helicopter to operate safely.
Team members include Sarah Atkinson, Katie Lane, Josh Mickle, Tyler Noesser,and Lisa Warren, with Vishvas Suryakumar as the teaching assistant and Rogers acting as their adviser. The team won a monetary prize of $700 as part of their second-place finish.
The American Helicopter Society International is the world’s premier vertical flight technical society. Since its inception in 1943, AHS has been a major force in the advancement of vertical flight. The society is the global resource for information on vertical flight technology. It provides global leadership for scientific, technical, educational and legislative initiatives that advance the state-of-the-art of vertical flight. Eurocopter was the sponsor of the 30th annual competition, which rotates among AgustaWestland, The Boeing Company, Bell Helicopter Textron, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Eurocopter.