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The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC) will welcome a new addition to its helicopter family on Friday, June 9:  a Bensen B-7W Hydro-Gyroglider. Gene Anderson, the craft’s owner, will deliver it disassembled during the early afternoon, and museum volunteers will reassemble it for display in the gallery.

This hydro-gyroglider was home-built and flown in 1957 and beyond by Anderson and Clyde Bastian from plans supplied by Igor Bensen, whose Bensen Aircraft Corporation produced a series of such aircraft, dubbed “gyrogliders” by Bensen. During the 1950s, rotor kites were developed as recreational aircraft. A boat towed the rotor kite into the air at 20 to 35 miles per hour. Lift was obtained by the flow of air over the rotor.

“Our intention was to build a basic unit with floats that could be adapted to land as a wheeled glider and, with the addition of a pusher prop engine, become a ‘Gyrocopter’ for land or water,” explained Anderson. This one-of-a-kind aircraft has flown on the Meramec and Mississippi rivers near St. Louis and in boating events on the St. Louis riverfront and was displayed in local boat shows, including the St. Louis Arena.

Join us for this exciting new addition to our helicopter family!

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AHMEC bestowed its prestigious Achievement Award during its annual gala fundraiser on Saturday evening, April 22 to German-based e-volo GmbH for the successful manned flight of its Volocopter VC200. Alex Zosel, evolo GmbH’s managing director, made history by piloting the lightweight fiber composite multicopter over a field in Southern Germany last March. The Volocopter, an aerial vehicle designed for urban mobility, was extremely easy to fly due to its innovative flight control.

“The Volocopter employs technology with its 18 rotors powered by electric motors,” explained Bob Beggs, Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus of AHMEC. “It is truly a transformational vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The design is simple, safe and green, which offers great potential for future air mobility.

“(AHMEC’s) Achievement Award is recognizing the first successful manned flight of the Volocopter on March 30, 2016, but celebrates its unique and innovative design.”

Congratulations, e-volo, and thanks for your amazing contribution to rotary wing aviation!

One of AHMEC's co-founders and Board Chair Emeritus, Bob Beggs, was honored at the Blue Bell Country Club in Montgomery County as Member of the Year by the C12 Group of Greater Philadelphia.

Read more at "Vista Today."

 

 

The 2017 AHMEC Gala will be held on Saturday, April 22, with the theme of the "Roaring 20s." This theme was chosen to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the museum's opening.

 

Each year, the Museum raises much-needed funds at its annual Gala. The event features an open bar, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, dinner, silent and live auctions, great music and more! Noted helicopter pilot Larry Murphy, who made the CH-47 roof top landing captured in an iconic photo, will serve as the evening's honoree.

 

For more information and to purchase tickets go to http://americanhelicopter.museum/events/gala-main.

 

 

 

This article by Bob Beggs, AHMEC Co-Founder and Trustee, appeared in AHS International, "Vertiflite," Jan-Feb 2017. We thank AHS International for allowing us to reproduce the work.

 

Visitors can experience what it is like to pilot a human powered helicopter in the latest exhibit to be installed at the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center. By pedaling a bicycle "cockpit" which replicates the effort required to lift this unique vehicle off the ground, visitors can watch a model of the Aerovelo Atlas rise in relation to the effort they expend. The Atlas won the AHS Igor Sikorsky Prize of $250,000 for flight of a human powered helicopter.

Members of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) recently visited the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester, PA. View their video to see why a trip to AHMEC is both exciting and entertaining.

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Listen to an interview with Marc Sheffler, Chairman of the Board of Trustees. The interview aired on radio station WCHE 1520 AM on May 4, 2016. The program is Living History moderated by host Gene Pisasale.

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