Honorary Fellows

Honorary Fellows

The title of Honorary Fellow is granted to highly distinguished Society members who have made exceptional leadership, innovative or other meritorious contributions that have significantly advanced AHS International and the vertical flight community during their career. The granting of Honorary Fellows is in perpetuity, and a certificate and life membership in the Society is given to each Honorary Fellow elected. No more than two such awards are given in any single year.

  • Mark Miller
  • Vice President of Research and Engineering
  • Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company

For spearheading Sikorsky’s “Three Pillars” vision for practical, next-generation vertical lift aircraft
For spearheading Sikorsky’s “Three Pillars” vision for practical, next-generation vertical lift aircraft: speed, vehicle autonomy and system intelligence. Miller has consistently devoted the resources and nurtured the talent to lead the industry in these fields and drive key technologies into production.
  • Prof. Dave Peters
  • McDonnell Douglas Professor of Engineering
  • Washington University in St. Louis

For outstanding contributions in advancing rotorcraft technology over five decades
For, over five decades, making outstanding contributions in advancing rotorcraft technology, specifically in aeromechanics. His breakthrough theories have transcended academia and greatly influenced practicing rotor designers throughout the world. In addition to being an outstanding researcher, and a mentor to many Ph.D. students, Peters has also given generously of his time to serve AHS, including as a member of the AHS International Board of Directors, and as a past AHS Technical Director and Editor-in-Chief of the AHS International Journal.
  • Steven D. Weiner
  • Chief Engineer for the Sikorsky-Boeing Joint Multi-Role Rotorcraft (JMR) and Chief Engineer of Innovations
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

For 40+ years of innovation and leadership at Sikorsky Aircraft
is the Chief Engineer for the Sikorsky-Boeing Joint Multi-Role Rotorcraft (JMR) and Chief Engineer of Innovations at Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company. He has been an active AHS member since 1976 has provided significant leadership in the design, build and test of many of the highest performance helicopters ever flown. Among numerous other accomplishments, Weiner personally lead the technical activity that successfully demonstrated the 252 kt (467 km/hr), Collier Award-winning X2 Technology Demonstrator, and was instrumental on the development of technologies for the RAH-66 Comanche. He holds two masters degrees and eight patents related to Fantail anti-torque systems and X2 Technology.
  • Dr. Arvind Kumar Sinha
  • Director of Engineering, Helicopter Systems Division, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Department of Defence, Australia
  • Australian Department of Defence

For a career in helicopter operations, academia and government leadership.
Dr. Arvind Kumar Sinha
  • Dr. Michael S. Torok
  • Vice President for the CH-53K Program
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
  • Tommie L. Wood
  • Senior Technical Fellow
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
  • L. Kim Smith
  • Former AHS International Deputy Director
  • AHS International
  • Philip J. Dunford
  • VP/Operating Executive, Boeing Military Aircraft
  • The Boeing Company
  • Robert Bossler
  • Drive System Consultant
  • Bossler Technical Service
  • Nicholas Lappos
  • Senior Technical Fellow
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
  • Arthur Linden
  • Joint Program Office (JPO) Manager (Ret.)
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Ret.)
  • Prof. Akira Azuma
  • Professor Emeritus
  • University of Tokyo (Ret.)
  • Albert Winn
  • Former Vice President Attack Helicopter Programs
  • Boeing Military Aircraft Division (Ret.)

For making notable and outstanding technical contributions to the vertical flight community.
  • David Matuska
  • CH-53K Chief of Test
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

For making notable and outstanding technical contributions to the vertical flight community.
  • M.E. 'Rhett' Flater
  • Former Executive Director
  • AHS International (Ret.)

For making notable and outstanding technical contributions to the vertical flight community.
  • Larry F. Plaster
  • Manager for Apache Modernization Programs
  • The Boeing Company
  • John M. Davis
  • Former Chief, Aviation Advanced Design Office
  • Aeroflightdynamics Directorate, US Army
  • Kenneth L. Lauck
  • Lead Rotorcraft Head Design
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
  • Dr. Inderjit Chopra
  • Professor and Director of the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center
  • University of Maryland
  • Roy G. Fox
  • Chief of Flight Safety
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
  • Michael D. Blake
  • Executive Vice President, Programs
  • Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
  • Dr. E. Roberts Wood
  • Professor Emeritus
  • US Naval Postgraduate School
  • Barry J. Baskett
  • Former Associate Director, Aviation Technology
  • US Army
  • Thomas E. Laux
  • Program Executive Officer, Anti-Sub Warfare, Assault and Special Mission Programs
  • US Navy
  • Edwin W. Aiken
  • Chief
  • NASA Ames Research Center (Ret.)
  • Somen Chowdhury
  • Manager, International Research
  • Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, Ltd.
  • Dr. Tomoari Nagashima
  • Professor Emeritus
  • National Defense Academy
  • Cecil Richardson
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation (Ret.)
  • John R. Murphey
  • Chairman and CEO
  • Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
  • Akira Sato
  • Consulting Engineer
  • Churyo Engineering Co., Ltd.
  • Roger A. Krone
  • Vice President/General Manager, Army Programs
  • The Boeing Company/Aircraft & Missiles
  • David J. Weller
  • Director, Advanced Systems Directorate (ASD), Aviation & Missile Research, Development & Engineering Center (AMRDEC)
  • US Army Aviation & Missile Command (AMCOM)
  • Harry Pember
  • Myron Michael Kawa, Jr
  • George T. Singley, III
  • S. Michael Hudson
  • Marc Sheffler
  • Motoi Yoshiwaka
  • Gary F. Rast
  • Dr. Andrew Z. Lemnios
  • Webb F. Joiner
  • William J. Snyder
  • Dr. Jing Yen
  • Robert D. Powell
  • Robert J. Huston
  • Gary P. Smith
  • Dean C. Borgman
  • Emmett Knight
  • John Shaw
  • Dev Banerjee
  • Allen Schoen
  • Dean E. Cooper
  • Barnes McCormick
  • Walter G.O. Sonneborn
  • William W. Walls Jr.
  • W. Euan Hooper
  • Kenneth Rosen
  • Julian L. Jenkins Jr.
  • Andrew H. Logan
  • Thomas L. House
  • Andrew W. Kerr
  • Paolo Bellavita
  • William Kuczynski
  • David S. Jenney
  • Richard B. Lewis
  • Kenneth Amer
  • Fred Smith
  • Jack G. Real
  • Robert Zincone
  • William J. Crawford, III
  • Raymond W. Prouty
  • James F. Atkins
  • Wieslaw Z. Stepniewski
  • MG Story C. Stevens
  • US Army
  • John B. Wheatley
  • Charles C. Crawford Jr.
  • Franklin D. Harris
  • Dr. W. Laurence LePage
  • Leon L. Douglas
  • Evan A. Fradenburgh
  • Jan M. Drees
  • Dr. Alfred Gessow
  • Edward S. Carter Jr.
  • Richard L. Wernecke
  • Alfred L. Wolf
  • Heinrich K. Adenstedt
  • Wayne Wiesner
  • Harry Lounsbury
  • Harry T. Jensen
  • Rene Mouille
  • Dr. Richard Carlson
  • Dr. William P. Jones
  • Robert R. Lynn

For twenty-three years of outstanding helicopter and V/STOL research contributions.
  • Robert J. Tapscott

For outstanding contributions to helicopter development including research in rotary wing aerodynamics, dynamics and testing.
  • Edward Katzenberger

One of the founders of the Society, who has been responsible in whole or in part for Sikorsky helicopter designs, and whose concepts and innovations have played a major role in the success of rotary-wing aircraft.
  • Dr. Gerhard Sissingh

For his early recognition of problems inherent in the rotor mechanisms of helicopters, his pioneering and successful solutions to rotor operation, and for these significant contributions to helicopter flight over a period of more than 30 years.
  • Charles W. Ellis

For sustained and outstanding service and achievement in furthering the advancement of rotary wing aircraft while employed by Kaman Aircraft and now by Boeing Vertol as Director of Technology for the Vertol Division. He is a past Technical Director of the American Helicopter Society and has served the Society faithfully over many years.
  • Charles L. Morris

For his incomparable record of contributions to the development of rotary wing flight. A founder of the A.H.S., its second president, the first commercially licensed rotary wing pilot and instructor, he completed the first autorotation, and taught the first Twirly Birds to fly.
  • Hans Weichsel, Jr.

For early flight test work at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, Inc. and for his continued efforts in promoting the use of helicopters and for his many contributions to the work of the American Helicopter Society.
  • Bernard Lindenbaum
  • Deputy for Studies and Analyses in V/STOL Technology Division of the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory
  • USAF

For notable and meritorious service in the advancement of rotary wing aeronautics during his more than 25 years of service as a civilian employee of the Air Force and his contributions to the technical activities of the American Helicopter Society.
  • Robert A. Wagner
  • Director of Aeronautical Engineering Division Hughes Tool Company, Aircraft Division
  • Hughes Tool Company

For his unselfish devotion to the objectives of the American Helicopter Society and his contributions to the rotary wing art.
  • Harvey Gaylord
  • President, Bell Aerospace Corporation
  • Bell Aerospace Corporation

For outstanding and remarkable achievement in the development of the helicopter industry, and for his fostering of vertical flight philosophy at the highest levels of American business.
  • Dr. Henry R. Velkoff
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Dept., Ohio State University
  • Ohio State University

For continuous contributions to helicopter and VTOL technology including planning of governmental research programs and important work in the related field of higher education.
  • Dr. James A.J. Bennett
  • Assistant Superintendent, College of Aeronautics, Cranfield, Bedford, England
  • College of Aeronautics

For his pioneering and continuing scientific efforts directed toward the advancement of vertical lift aircraft, and for his leadership in education in this field
  • Charles M. Seibel
  • Chief Experimental Project Engineer, Bell Helicopter Company
  • Bell Helicopter Company

For his many inventive contributions to helicopter design and development.
  • Woodrow L. Cook
  • Assistant Chief Full-Scale and Systems Research Div., Ames Research Center, NASA
  • NASA
  • Ralph B. Lightfoot
  • Engineering Manager Sikorsky Aircraft Division, United Aircraft Corporation
  • United Aircraft Corporation
  • Dr. Robert G. Loewy
  • Chief Scientist United States Air Force
  • USAF
  • John P. Reeder
  • Assistant Chief Flight Mechanics and Technology Division, Langley Research Center National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • NASA
  • Charles W. Kuehne
  • Deputy for Systems Management, Headquarters, Aeronautical Systems Division (ASZT) Air Force Systems Command
  • USAF
  • Herbert M. Toomey
  • Project Manager, Project Management Staff-FS-103, Engineering and Manufacturing Division, Flight Standards Service, Federal Aviation Agency
  • FAA
  • Ralph P. Alex
  • Chief, Research & Development Sales Application, Sikorsky Aircraft Division, United Aircraft Corporation
  • United Aircraft Corporation
  • Joseph Mashman
  • Assistant Vice President, Bell Helicopter Company
  • Bell Helicopter Company
  • Michael E. Gluhareff
  • Engineering Consultant, Sikorsky Aircraft Division, United Aircraft Corp.
  • United Aircraft Corporation
  • Robert Strange
  • Rotary Wing Flight Test, Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Md.
  • Naval Air Test Center
  • LTG Hamilton H. Howze, US
  • Commanding Officer, 18th Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  • US Army Air Corps
  • Don Ryan Mockler
  • Director, Vertical Lift Aircraft Council, Aerospace Industries Association
  • Aerospace Industries Association
  • Bartram Kelley
  • Vice President - Engineering, Bell Helicopter Co.
  • Bell Helicopter Company
  • Clarence W. Moore
  • Executive Vice President, Chicago Helicopter Airways, Inc.
  • Chicago Helicopter Airways, Inc.
  • John O. Emmerson
  • Vice-President - Engineering, The Kaman Aircraft Corporation
  • The Kaman Aircraft Corporation
  • Igor I. Sikorsky
  • Chief Aerodynamicist, Sikorsky Aircraft Division
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Division
  • Carlyle C. Agar
  • Vice President-Research & Training, Okanagan Helicopters, Ltd.
  • Okanagan Helicopters, Ltd.
  • BG William B. Bunker
  • Commanding General, Transportation Supply and Maintenance Command
  • US Army
  • Rene H. Miller
  • Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • COL Robert Williams
  • President, US Army Aviation Board, Fort Rucker, Alabama
  • US Army
  • Jean Ross Howard
  • Assistant to the Director, Helicopter Council, Aircraft Industries Assn.
  • Aircraft Industries Assn.
  • S. Paul Johnston
  • Director, Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences
  • Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences
  • Jackson E. Beighle
  • Sales Mgr., Sikorsky Aircraft Division
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Division
  • Friedrich L. Von Doblhoff
  • Helicopter Chief Eng., McDonnell Aircraft Corporation
  • McDonnell Aircraft Corporation
  • Anton Flettner
  • President, Flettner Aircraft Corporation
  • Flettner Aircraft Corporation
  • CMDR William G. Knapp, USN
  • Bureau of Aeronautics, Navy Department
  • US Navy
  • Floyd Carlson
  • Chief Test Pilot, Helicopter Division, Bell Aircraft Corporation
  • Bell Aircraft Corporation
  • Ferdinand D. Moran
  • Civil Aeronautics Board Examiner
  • Civil Aeronautics Board
  • Kurt H. Hohenemser
  • Chief of Aerodynamics, Helicopter Division, McDonnell Aircraft Corporation
  • McDonnell Aircraft Corporation
  • Dimitry D. Viner
  • Chief Test Pilot, Sikorsky Aircraft Division, United Aircraft Corporation
  • United Aircraft Corporation
  • Lawrence D. Bell
  • President, Bell Aircraft Corporation
  • Bell Aircraft Corporation
  • Bernard L. Whelan
  • General Manager, Sikorsky Aircraft Div., United Aircraft Corp.
  • United Aircraft Corporation
  • BG Clayton C. Jerome
  • Director of Aviation and Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps for Air
  • US Marine Corps
  • Stanley Hiller, Jr.
  • Charles H. Kaman
  • L. Welch Pogue
  • Clarence H. Belinn
  • Boris P. Labensky
  • Frank Piasecki
  • Founder, Chairman
  • Piasecki Helicopter Corp.

Outstanding contributions to the field of helicopter development for the year of 1945-1946.
  • Dr. Alexander Klemin
  • Director/Dean (1925-45)
  • Guggenheim School of Aeronautics at New York University's College of Engineering

Outstanding contributions to the field of helicopter development through consulation and education.
  • Frank Erickson, Commander
  • US Coast Guard
  • Arthur M. Young
  • Bell Aircraft Corp.
  • Igor I. Sikorsky
  • Engineering Manager
  • Sikorsky Aircraft
  • H. Franklin Gregory, Colonel
  • US Army Air Corps