AgustaWestland wins top educational honour
June 27, 2014, West Chester, Pa. - AgustaWestland was honoured this week with the 2014 American Helicopter Museum and Education Centre Achievement Award for advancements in rotary wing technologies based on the success of the Project Zero tilt rotor demonstrator.
By Carey Fredericks
Accepting the award on behalf of AgustaWestland at the American Helicopter Museum’s annual gala was Dr. James Wang, Vice President of Research and Development, for a “significant impact to furthering rotary-wing aviation during the past year.”
“The recognition by the American Helicopter Museum of Project Zero is a reflection of AgustaWestland’s commitment to investment in vertical flight research and development and builds upon the positive reception of this technology incubator within the rotorcraft industry,” said Marc Sheffler, Chairman of the Board, American Helicopter Museum & Education Centre. “Project Zero’s stunning design, disruptive innovation and accelerated development represent a significant accomplishment and is an inspiration to all.”
Led by Dr. Wang, the Project Zero team successfully designed, built, and flew a highly innovative, one-ton, all-electric vertical lift aircraft in six months that established many world firsts, and worked as a lean and highly agile integrated team of 16 companies across three continents. The team maintained the philosophy of, “if it can be dreamt, it can be built.”
Established in 2009, the inaugural Achievement Award by the American Helicopter Museum went to AgustaWestland, recognizing Scott Kasprowicz and Steve Sheik for shattering the around-the-world helicopter speed record in the AW109. It is an unprecedented accomplishment for an organization to be recognized with a second award.