Sikorsky and the American Helicopter Society International introduced the Sikorsky-AHS "Hover for a Day" Challenge, which calls for the competition of aviation engineers to demonstrate a game-changing level of efficiency in rotorcraft with a $50,000 prize. The challenge is to hover for 24 hr while demonstrating other helicopter attributes, said Mark Miller, Sikorsky VP of engineering and technology.
Chris Van Vuiten, VP of Sikorsky Innovations said he hopes these efforts will "produce new technologies, in terms of airfoils, rotor structures, transmission and drive, engine and energy storage."
In a previous challenge, AHS and Sikorsky awarded a $250,000 prize for the AHS Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition, the challenge of which was to create a helicopter using only human-generated power that could rise 3 m (9.8 ft) and hover over a 10-m-by-10-m (32.8-ft) box for 1 min. The winner of that competition was AeroVelo Inc., a team of students from the University of Toronto and led by graduate engineers.