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.

2016
  • Dr. Arvind Kumar Sinha
  • Director of Engineering, Helicopter Systems Division, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group
  • Australian Department of Defence

For a career in helicopter operations, academia and government leadership.
 
Dr. Arvind Kumar Sinha is Director of Engineering, Helicopter Systems Division, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Department of Defence, Australia. He has had an extensive, successful career in support of military helicopters. Both in India and Australia, Dr Sinha has been exceptional in his passion and commitment to making aircraft more effective and safer. Dr. Sinha has served as the President of the AHS Australia Chapter, the principal organizer of numerous AHS and other technical conferences, and Director of the Asia-Australia Region on the AHS International Board of Directors. A former Professor and Director of Aerospace and Aviation Research Centre at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, he holds two undergraduate and three postgraduate degrees, and a PhD in aerospace engineering. He has been in active military service as an engineering officer and combatant paratrooper over two decades.
  • 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
 
Steven D. Weiner 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.
 
2015
  • Dr. Michael S. Torok
  • Sikorsky Airccraft
 
 
  • Tommie L. Wood
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
 
 
 
2014
  • Philip J. Dunford
 
 
  • L. Kim Smith
 
 
 
2013
  • Robert Bossler & Nicholas Lappos
 
 
 
2012
  • Arthur Linden, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Ret.) and Prof. Akira Azuma, University of Tokyo (Ret.)
 
 
 
2011
  • Albert Winn, former Vice President Attack Helicopter Programs, Boeing Military Aircraft Division (Ret.); David Matuska, CH-53K Chief of Test, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., and M.E. 'Rhett' Flater
 
 
 
2010
  • Larry F. Plaster, The Boeing Company
 
 
 
2009
  • John M. Davis and Kenneth L. Lauck
 
 
 
2008
  • Dr. Inderjit Chopra and Roy G. Fox
 
 
 
2007
  • Michael D. Blake and Dr. E. Roberts Wood
 
 
 
2006
  • Barry J. Baskett and Thomas E. Laux
 
 
 
2005
  • Edwin W. Aiken and Somen Chowdhury
 
 
 
2004
  • Dr. Tomoari Nagashima and Cecil Richardson
 
 
 
2003
  • John R. Murphey and Akira Sato
 
 
 
2002
  • Roger A. Krone and David J. Weller
 
 
 
2001
  • Harry Pember and Myron Michael Kawa, Jr
 
 
 
2000
  • George T. Singley, III and S. Michael Hudson
 
 
 
1999
  • Marc Sheffler and Motoi Yoshiwaka
 
 
 
1998
  • Gary F. Rast and Dr. Andrew Z. Lemnios
 
 
 
1997
  • Webb F. Joiner and William J. Snyder
 
 
 
1996
  • Dr. Jing Yen and Robert D. Powell
 
 
 
1995
  • Robert J. Huston and Gary P. Smith
 
 
 
1994
  • Dean C. Borgman, Emmett Knight and John Shaw
 
 
 
1993
  • Dev Banerjee and Allen Schoen
 
 
 
1992
  • Dean E. Cooper and Barnes McCormick
 
 
 
1991
  • Walter G.O. Sonneborn and William W. Walls Jr.
 
 
 
1990
  • W. Euan Hooper and Kenneth Rosen
 
 
 
1989
  • Julian L. Jenkins Jr. and Andrew H. Logan
 
 
 
1988
  • Thomas L. House and Andrew W. Kerr
 
 
 
1987
  • Paolo Bellavita and William Kuczynski
 
 
 
1986
  • David S. Jenney and Richard B. Lewis
 
 
 
1985
  • Kenneth Amer and Fred Smith
 
 
 
1984
  • Jack G. Real and Robert Zincone
 
 
 
1983
  • William J. Crawford, III and Raymond W. Prouty
 
 
 
1982
  • James F. Atkins and Wieslaw Z. Stepniewski
 
 
 
1981
  • MG Story C. Stevens, USA and John B. Wheatley
 
 
 
1980
  • Charles C. Crawford Jr., Franklin D. Harris and Dr. W. Laurence LePage
 
 
 
1979
  • Leon L. Douglas and Evan A. Fradenburgh
 
 
 
1978
  • Jan M. Drees and Dr. Alfred Gessow
 
 
 
1977
  • Edward S. Carter Jr., Richard L. Wernecke and Alfred L. Wolf
 
 
 
1976
  • Heinrich K. Adenstedt, Wayne Wiesner and Harry Lounsbury
 
 
 
1975
  • Harry T. Jensen and Rene Mouille
 
 
 
1974
  • Dr. Richard Carlson and Dr. William P. Jones
 
 
 
1973
  • Robert R. Lynn and Robert J. Tapscott
 
 
 
1972
  • Edward Katzenberger and Dr. Gerhard Sissingh
 
 
 
1971
  • Charles W. Ellis, Charles L. Morris and Hans Weichsel, Jr.
 
 
 
1970
  • Bernard Lindenbaum and Robert A. Wagner
 
 
 
1969
  • Harvey Gaylord and Dr. Henry R. Velkoff
 
 
 
1968
  • Dr. James A.J. Bennett and Charles M. Seibel
 
 
 
1967
  • Woodrow L. Cook and Ralph B. Lightfoot
 
 
 
1966
  • Dr. Robert G. Loewy and John P. Reeder
 
 
 
1965
  • Charles W. Kuehne and Herbert M. Toomey
 
 
 
1964
  • Ralph P. Alex and Joseph Mashman
 
 
 
1963
  • Michael E. Gluhareff and Robert Strange
 
 
 
1962
  • LTG Hamilton H. Howze, US and Don Ryan Mockler
 
 
 
1961
  • Bartram Kelley and Clarence W. Moore
 
 
 
1960
  • John O. Emmerson and Igor I. Sikorsky
 
 
 
1959
  • Carlyle C. Agar and BG William B. Bunker, USA
 
 
 
1958
  • Rene H. Miller and COL Robert Williams, USA
 
 
 
1957
  • Jean Ross Howard and S. Paul Johnston
 
 
 
1956
  • Jackson E. Beighle and Freidrich L. Von Doblhoff
 
 
 
1955
  • Anton Flettner and CMDR William G. Knapp, USN
 
 
 
1954
  • Floyd Carlson
 
 
 
1953
  • Kurt H. Hohenemser and Dimitry D. Viner
 
 
 
1952
  • Lawrence D. Bell and Bernard L. Whelan
 
 
 
1951
  • BG Clayton C. Jerome
 
 
 
1950
  • Stanley Hiller, Jr. and Charles H. Kaman
 
 
 
1949
  • L. Welch Pogue and Clarence H. Belinn
 
 
 
1948
  • Boris P. Labensky
 
 
 
1947
  • Frank N. Piasecki
  • Founder, Chairman
  • Piasecki Helicopter Corp.

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

Outstanding contributions to the field of helicopter development through consulation and education.
 
 
 
1945
  • Arthur M. Young
  • Bell Aircraft Corp.
 
 
  • CMDR Frank Erickson
  • Commander
  • United States Coast Guard
 
 
 
1944
  • Igor I. Sikorsky
  • Engineering Manager
  • Sikorsky Aircraft
 
 
  • COL H. Franklin Gregory
  • US Army Air Corps
 
 
 
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