Penn State nabs first place at aircraft competition

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A team of Penn State aerospace engineering students won first place at the 30th annual American Helicopter Society (AHS) International Student Design Competition.

The University’s Griffin tiltrotor aircraft took the top honor in the contest’s undergraduate category.

The competition challenges students to design a vertical lift aircraft that meets specified requirements and provides a practical exercise for collegiate engineering students around the world.

This year’s task was to design a HealCopter, a helicopter aimed at rescuing victims of a natural disaster. The vehicle must be capable of rapidly reaching the scene of a disaster while carrying a large payload.

The Penn State design resembles the U.S. military’s V-22 Osprey, which can hover like a helicopter and cruise like a conventional airplane.

Each of the first- and second-place winning teams is awarded a cash stipend. Two members of each first-place team are invited to AHS International’s 70th annual Forum and Technology Display in Montreal in May to present the details of their proposals.

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Last Updated August 26, 2013