François-Xavier Bagnoud Award

François-Xavier Bagnoud Award

The François-Xavier Bagnoud Vertical Flight Award, created in 1992 and first known as the AHS Director’s Award, is given to a Society member under the age of 35 for their career-to-date outstanding contributions to vertical flight technology. The Award honors the memory of a young helicopter engineer, Swiss citizen, author and rescue pilot who founded the AHS student chapter at the University of Michigan. At 20 years of age, he published a treatise on helicopter aerodynamics. Subsequently, he developed within Europe IFR procedures for rotorcraft, and as a commercial pilot, he performed more than 300 helicopter rescue missions.


Award winners

2014 - Eric Sinusas

2013 - Dr. Daniel Patt

2012 - Dr. Jose Palacios, Pennsylvania State University

2011 - Joseph G. Irwin, Senior Manager, Flying Qualities, The Boeing Company

2010 - Jeffrey D. Sinsay, US Army AMRDEC

2009 - Andrew Elliot Augenstein

2008 - Ryan Ehinger

2007 - William J. Eadie

2006 - Dr. Anubhav Datta

2005 - Dr. Vineet Sahasrabudhe

2004 - Dr. Nikhil A. Koratkar

2003 - Chad Sparks

2002 - Dr. Catherine H. Ferrie

2001 - Christopher D. Sargent

2000 - William P. Geyer, Jr.

1999 - Andreas P.F. Bernhard

1998 - Dr. Farhan Gandhi

1997 - Bryan Cotton

1996 - Dr. Michael S. Torok

1995 - Jeffrey C. Dudley

1994 - Dr. Ed Smith

1993 - Adam Sawicki