Aerovelo Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter

AHS Sikorsky Award-winning AeroVelo’s flight of atlas human powered helicopter

The AeroVelo Atlas (AVA)/ Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter is a humanistic-mechanized chopper (HPH) which was designed for AHS International’s Igor I. Sikorsky humanistic-mechanized chopper tournament.

On 13 June (2013), it turns into the maiden flying machine to carry out the goal of the tournament and hence conquered the reward.

Aerovelo Atlas Specifications

  • Important rotor field: 1,282 m2 (13,800 sq ft)
  • Important rotor width: 4× 20.2 m (66 ft 3 in)
  • Gross weight: 282 lb (128 kg)
  • Empty weight: 122 lb (55 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1.1 kW (1.5 hp), 1 × human
  • Crew: 1

Development and Design of The Aerovelo Helicopter

AeroVelo Atlas, a line up of graduates and students of the University of Toronto (Toronto, U of T or UToronto), prepare flight experimenting its atlas human helicopter HPH on 28 August (2012).

The foundation crew of AeroVelo Atlas is the look-like group that build Snowbird, the maiden outstanding Human-Powered Helicopter, and ornithopter. The Atlas Helicopter is the biggest HPH at all flown, and include a tip-to-tip spin span of 47m (154 ft), next only to the Mil V-12 (Russian).


The peak capacity of 1.5 hp (1.1 kW) was only developed during the maiden a few seconds to reach the necessary 9.8ft (3 meters) altitude and/or distance. Aside from the deadline of the flight, capacity had cut down to 0.80 hp (600W).

Todd Reichert, the racing cyclist, and a pilot had categorically educated for example a capacity profile. The architecture especially to accept the advantage of the field-effect possible by the distance needed to conquer the reward.

Management was formed by bent the bike, that tighten the full human helicopter frame, drifting the rotor axes.

Operational History

On 13 June (2013), The AeroVelo flew its HPH (Atlas) and acknowledged information from the flights to AHS International. During the 2013 (13 June) flight, happening at 12:43 PM EDT, the crew handled to support atlas helicopter on the air for around 64 seconds, arrived a peak elevation of 11ft (3.3m) and drifting no greater than 32ft (9.8m) from the opening mark.

Afterward, its board of flights vertical technical professionals analyzed the information from the flights, the AHS International declared that the aerial flight had contacted the needs of the tournament and the AeroVelo Atlas had formally conquered the prize reward of $250,000 on 11 July – 2013.

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