John J. Schneider Historical Achievement Award

John J. Schneider Historical Achievement Award

Established in 2003, in the memory of vertical flight historian/designer John J. Schneider, this award is given to an individual for distinguished achievement in encouraging appreciation of, and enhancing access to, the history and legacy of vertical flight aviation. The selection of the award recipient is based upon a significant achievement or sustained record of accomplishment in the documentation, preservation, analysis and illumination of historically significant events, prominent pioneers and/or technologies, designs and uses of vertical flight aircraft. The award recipient will receive a scale model of Leonardo da Vinci's "Aerial Screw" on an inscribed mount, and a book selected from the titles available through AHS International.

  • Christopher Soltis
  • Museum Curator
  • Connecticut Air and Space Center (CASC)

For his work as the museum curator of the non‑profit Connecticut Air and Space Center (CASC).
  • Dr. Bruce H. Charnov
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Hofstra University

Dr. Bruce Charnov is a world-renowned expert in the history of rotary-wing aircraft with a specialization in Autogiros and gyroplanes. He is widely consulted by museums and aviation historians and has published over 80 articles on Autogiro/gyroplane history. He has served as a research proposal reviewer for NASA and is currently the historical editor for Rotorcraft magazine
  • David Gibbings
  • AgustaWestland (Ret.)

Gibbings retired from Westland in 1993 as the Chief Flight Test Engineer after 44 years in aviation. Since then, he has been actively engaged as a consultant, aviation artist, author and lecturer, and has written several histories of Westland aircraft
  • Peter P. Papadakos
  • Executive Director
  • Gyrodyne Helicopter Historical Foundation

For investing decades of his personal time and wealth in enhancing access to and encouraging the appreciation of the history and legacy of vertical flight. Through his actions, he has saved and restored many QH-50 drones as historic aircraft
  • Franklin D. Harris
  • F.D. Harris & Associates

Mr. Harris is currently completing the final volume of his Autogyros, Helicopters and Other V/STOL Aircraft trilogy. He has condensed and presented a highly technical and extremely important area of aeronautical development in an unassailably reliable and accessible manner
  • Sergei I. Sikorsky
  • Consultant
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Ret.)

From a young age, Mr. Sikorsky's lineage and august career allowed him unique experiences and opportunities to meet many key persons in the aviation industry and witness firsthand the development of the international helicopter industry. He has written several books on the helicopter pioneers, and has traveled the world giving lectures on the subject
  • Robert M. Beggs

For his enthusiastic and effective leadership of the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester, PA.
  • J.J. Janovetz
  • XV-3 Restoration Team
  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
  • Ray D. Leoni
  • Former Senior Vice President, Engineering and Advanced Programs
  • Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Recognized for his recent book, "BLACK HAWK: The Story of a World-Class Helicopter." This is one of the few published books that preserves in great detail the entire design, production and service history of a new helicopter. Mr. Leoni holds the design patent for the BLACK HAWK. His book will serve as a guide to design engineers with regard to the importance of employing the right technologies and winning strategies for new programs.
  • Elfan ap Rees
  • Executive Director
  • Helicopter Museum at
  • Jean Boulet
  • Flight Test Pilot
  • Eurocopter (Ret.)
Learned to fly helicopters in the U.S. at the end of 1947, and was the pilot for the first post-war French helicopter to leave the ground, in June 1948. Boulet was involved in testing of all of the Aerospatiale helicopters and was the company's chief test pilot until 1975. Boulet also wrote the seminal book, "History of the Helicopter as Told by its Pioneers – 1907 – 1956."
  • Sikorsky Historical Archives
  • John 'Slats' Slattery
Dedicated his past fifty years to the preservation of helicopter history.
  • Eugene K. Liberatore