AHS Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition
AHS International initiated the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter (HPH) Competition in 1980, initially with a prize of $20,000. After nearly 30 years without a successful design, AHS was grateful that Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. greatly increased the size of the award by pledging $250,000 for the first successful controlled flight of a human-powered helicopter that meets all of the requirements of AHS International's Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition.
A one minute hovering time, a momentary achievement of 3 meters altitude, and controlling the vehicle within a constrained box -- all in the same flight -- is required to win the AHS prize. See the official HPH Regulations for more information. See also July 16, 2012 Clarification Letter.
vertical flight technical community. This is a multi-disciplinary project that harnesses technical skills and
teamwork to overcome what many have said for three decades was an impossible challenge."
-- AHS Executive Director, Mike Hirschberg
All entrants must submit a properly completed Entry Form and Indemnity Agreement prior to consideration. Competitors considering designing or building an HPH should first contact the AHS HPH Committee, and should direct all questions on the competition and/or rules and regulations here. Media should direct questions here.
Ben Hein, Chair
Jayant Sirohi, Deputy Chair
John M. Davis
Charles Hughes, Jr.
AHS Staff Coordinator