Message from the Chairman
2015 looks like a bumper year for Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame, celebrating the induction of a strong set of individuals who have been awarded Membership in recognition of their significant personal contributions to Canadian aviation. To be held in Toronto on June 4th, in the magnificent hangar of SkyService Business Aviation, the annual Induction Ceremony will feature presentation of the Belt of Orion award to the very deserving AeroVelo team who brought home to Canada the much anticipated Sikorsky Prize. Awarded by the American Helicopter Society International and unclaimed for 33 years, the Sikorsky prize had been challenging young engineers from around the world to successfully design, test and fly a human powered helicopter within a very strict set of parameters – more than 60 seconds of sustained flight, to a height of at least 3 meters and remaining within a 10 meter square.
This remarkable achievement by the University of Toronto team flying the AeroVelo ‘Atlas’ demonstrated Canada’s engineering and design innovation in the field of aeronautics; it involved not just the remarkable skill, athleticism and endurance of the pilot, but also an amazing level of creativity and academic accomplishment in aerodynamics, structures and materials engineering. The team of students from the renowned U of T Institute for Aerospace Studies won against stiff competition to ultimately achieve this world ‘first’, demonstrating the spirit of innovation and enthusiasm that is alive and well in the aerospace engineering community faculties of Canadian universities. This month I am filling in for CAHF Chair, James Morrison, who is temporarily ‘under the weather’. We wish him well for a speedy recovery. Tom Appleton Vice Chairman
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