Aerovelo Atlas

Aerovelo Atlas at the New England Air Museum


Type:   Human powered helicopter
Crew:   1
First Flight:   
Rotor Diameter:   4 X 66' 3” - 154' tip-to-tip span
Empty Weight:   122 lbs.
Gross Weight:   282 lbs.
Cruise Speed:   
Maximum Speed:   
Service Ceiling:   11'
Powerplant:   1 X human
Year:   2012
Serial No.:   
Location:   Civil Hangar

Gift of Aerovelo

Built by Aerovelo, a Canadian-based aeronautical engineering start-up, the Atlas had its first flight in August of 2012 and went on to win the Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Challenge with another flight the following year.

Established by the American Helicopter Society in 1980, the Challenge offered a $250,000 prize to anyone who could successfully build and fly a helicopter powered solely by the human(s) on board at an altitude of at least 3 meters for at least 60 seconds. Thirty-three years after its inception, the competition was finally won by the Atlas, which flew for 64 seconds at a height of 3.3 meters on June 13, 2013.

Aerovelo co-founders Todd Reichert and Cameron Robertson graciously donated this section of the Atlas to the Museum in 2017.

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