UMD Wins 2nd Annual MAV Competition

(AHS photo by Ken Swartz)Montreal, Quebec, May 20, 2014 -- AHS International is pleased to announce that the University of Maryland's Dolphin MAV has won AHS International's 2nd Annual Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Student Challenge. Maryland was the only team that completed all tasks to an awardable level of satisfaction. The MAV Student Challenge remains a difficult competition against very demanding requirements. For full details on the challenge, go to 

This year's sponsors were Bell Helicopter, The Boeing Company, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Sikorsky Aircraft, and The Patuxent Partnership. Out of $10,000 award money, the teams were awarded a total of $6,125 in prize. The unawarded amount will be rolled over into next year's challenge. 

The University of Maryland Dolphin team was the sole winner of the manually/remotely-executed challenge. They received the $2,500 prize in the Manual category. An honorable mention award of $625 goes to North Dakota State University for partial completion in the Manual category.

No team was successful in the Autonomous category. Honorable mention awards of $2,000 goes to Penn State University and $1,000 goes to Georgia Tech for partial completion of requirements in the Autonomous category.

The honorable mention prizes were awarded in order to acknowledge the level of effort put in by each team in putting together an overall VTOL platform, onboard camera and computation, and ground station system for this very challenging competition. 

Congratulations to all of our competitors and we hope to see you next year! Forum 71 will take place in Virginia Beach, Virgini, May 5-7, 2014.

AHS International -- The Vertical Flight Technical Society -- specifically created the MAV Student Challenge to encourage hands-on engineering and problem solving, as well as introducing students to the development of autonomous flight control for VTOL systems. The Society seeks to develop the skills for the next generation of vertical flight engineers, scientists and leaders.  

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The American Helicopter Society (AHS) International, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) educational charity. Based in Alexandria, Va., AHS International is the world's premier professional vertical flight technical society. The First Annual Forum was held on April 3, 1945. This year marks our 70th year of advancing vertical flight technologies through the AHS Annual Forum and Technology Display. Forum 70 is being held May 20-22, 2014 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Québec, bringing together industry, academia and governments to tackle the toughest challenges in vertical flight.

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