Feb 08

Thanks to Boston MedFlight for a great AHS ENE event!

On January 30th, the AHS East New England chapter featured Boston MedFlight’s  Charles Blathras, Chief Operations Manager, and Rick Kenin, GM of Aviation Operations. Charles and Rick generously shared Boston MedFlight’s EMS Helicopter Selection Process with our Boston-area AHS members.

 

As a non-profit responsible to a consortium of 7 Boston Area hospital, Boston MedFlight strives to manage their debt at a stable level and predictable expenses.  This adds a constraint to the timing and size of replacement and new aircraft purchases.

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Their procurement decision requires a comparison of each offers attributes vs. BMF key criteria.  Safety is their paramount consideration, but an aircraft’s demonstrated reliability and maintainability records are also important considerations.

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Finally factors such as useful payload, available space, and effective range are balanced against acquisition and operating costs.

 

Thank you again to Boston Medflight, and especially to Charles and Rick for making this AHS East New England event a success!

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Special thank you to our event sponsor, Altair!

 

 

Feb 08

A great night with Brig. Gen. Anthony W. Potts

On December 6th, AHS East New England – the Boston area chapter of the American Helicopter Society – hosted Brig. Gen. Anthony W. Potts, Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command and Senior Commander of the Natick Soldier Systems Center.  We enjoyed a great dinner and social event at Spinelli’s in Lynnfield.

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The event was well attended by our AHS Boston chapter members, who all gained enjoyed hearing about the advanced technologies the Army is developing.

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A special thank you to Dave Spillman for another great round of helicopter trivia, and to FLIR for sponsoring the event.

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Last Wednesday’s dinner was yet another great AHS East New England dinner filled with interesting conversation, great Q&A from the audience, and fruitful networking opportunities for the vertical flight professionals and enthusiasts in attendance.

 

See you at our next event!

Jan 09

Join us January 30th for Dinner with Boston MedFlight!

Please join the AHS East New England chapter for our upcoming dinner and networking event with Boston MedFlight.  Charles Blathras, Chief Operations Manager, and Rick Kenin, GM of Aviation Operations, will discuss Boston MedFlight and the EMS Helicopter Selection Process.  See event details below – we hope to see you there!

Nov 27

Join us Wednesday, December 6th at Spinelli’s Lynnfield for dinner and guest speaker Brig. Gen. Anthony W. Potts

Please join the AHS East New England chapter for our upcoming dinner and networking event featuring Brig. Gen. Anthony (Tony) W. Potts, Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Command and Senior Commander of the Natick Soldier Systems Center.  See event details below – we hope to see you there!

Brig. Gen. Potts announcement

Please RSVP by November 29th to Amanda Gabardi.

Oct 27

A great night at MIT Beaver Works

On October 25th, Dr. Robert Shin of MIT’s Beaver Works hosted the East New England chapter of the American Helicopter Society at their innovative laboratory on campus in Cambridge.

Nearly 40 vertical flight enthusiasts gathered for a night of networking, presentations, food, and fun.

 

Always a crowd favorite, and somewhat of an AHS East New England chapter tradition, Dave Spillman kicked off the event with his famous helicopter trivia contest.Two teams tied for first and each enjoyed a special discount applicable towards the next AHS East New England chapter event.  Thank you again to Dave for a fun trivia contest.

Dr. Robert Shin, the Director of MIT Beaver Works, then gave an informative presentation covering the history of MIT Beaver Works.  The lab functions as a design space for MIT Engineering students to design and build their capstone projects.

It is an interesting collaboration between MIT and Lincoln Laboratory, and the students work on many real-world problems through 2-semester projects. MIT Beaver Works Lab Manager, Lisa Kelley, took us on a tour of the award-winning facility.  The students have access to any tools they could want to design and build their project prototypes; from drills, mills, and lathes to laser cutters and 3D printers, they have it all!

 

Next, we got to hear from Prof. Sertac Karaman about his research into autonomous UAVs.

Prof. Karaman gave a fascinating presentation about using high-speed imaging cameras and MIT-built computer processors to create virtual environments to fly autonomous quadcopters through.

Someday, he hopes to compete an autonomous quad against an FPV human-piloted quad and win a head-to-head race.

 

Peter Godart, an MIT Engineering graduate student, then spoke about his research into using Aluminum as a fuel source.

His live-demonstration of reacting his specially treated Aluminum with water was a crowd favorite.  The concept of powering the world with waste aluminum was intriguing and exciting.

 

Ezra Tal, another MIT Engineering graduate student, rounded out the night by sharing his research with the AHS ENE audience.  It was every bit as technical and impressive as you’d expect an MIT research presentation to be!

Dr. Shin did the honors of drawing the 50/50 raffle winner – Ed Birtwell – who kindly donated the proceeds back to the chapter.  The 50/50 raffle is used to help offset the costs of events like this when we offer discounted tickets for students.  Thanks, Ed!

 

Chapter President, Harry Nahatis, wrapped up the event and announced that our next event will be late November or early December.  Special thank you to Dave Spillman for a great trivia contest, and to AHS East New England University Coordinator Brent Vlasman for organizing this great event at MIT!

 

Stay tuned for more information about our next event!

 

Oct 11

Join us at MIT Beaver Works on October 25

On October 25th at 5:30pm, the East New England chapter of the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International will have our next meeting at the MIT Beaver Works laboratory in Cambridge, MA.

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Join us for a fun night including a tour of the lab and a series of presentations starting with the founder of the Beaver Works lab, Dr. Bob Shin. Food is included in the ticket price.

Tickets are available now!  Go to  https://ahs-ene-at-mit-beaverworks.eventbrite.com/ to secure your spot.

Please note that capacity is limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance (they will not available at the door).  Student tickets are $5, AHS members $10.

Paid parking is available at the nearby Technology Square parking garage.  On-street parking is also an option.

Sep 27

Navy and Marine Corps Rotary Wing Programs – a great night with Rear Admiral G. Dean Peters

On September 20th, AHS East New England – the Boston area chapter of the American Helicopter Society – hosted RDML G. Dean Peters, USN, Program Executive Officer for AIR ASW, Assault & Special Missions Programs, PEO(A) at Spinelli’s Lynnfield for a dinner and social event focused on Navy and Marine Corps rotary wing program updates.

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The event was well attended by our AHS Boston chapter members, who all gained unique insight into the tremendous portfolio RDML Peters’ organization is responsible for within NAVAIR.

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RDML Peters led an open, informal discussion and left plenty of time to field questions.

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Thank you very much to RDML G. Dean Peters for joining us and for sharing his story with the AHS East New England Chapter.

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A special thank you to Dave Spillman for another great round of helicopter trivia, and to FLIR for sponsoring the event.

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Last Wednesday’s dinner was yet another great AHS East New England dinner filled with interesting conversation, great Q&A from the audience, and fruitful networking opportunities for the vertical flight professionals and enthusiasts in attendance.

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See you at our next event!

Sep 08

Join us September 20th as Rear Admiral G. Dean Peters presents, “Navy and Marine Corps Rotary Wing Programs”

Please join our AHS East New England chapter for our upcoming dinner and networking event featuring Rear Admiral G. Dean Peters presenting,  “Navy and Marine Corps Rotary Wing Programs.”  See event details below – we hope to see you there!

AHS ENE Sept 20, 2017 flyer

May 23

CH-53K Integrated Testing: the next generation of Heavy Lift

On April 11th, AHS East New England – the Boston are chapter of the American Helicopter Society – hosted Lt. Col Jonathan Morel and John Rucci at the Breakaway Tavern for a dinner and social event focused on the CH-53K King Stallion helicopter program.

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The event was well attended by our AHS Boston chapter members, who all gained a unique glimpse into the integrated flight test and development of the Marines’ new heavy lift helicopter, which is powered by the GE T408 turboshaft engine.

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Lt. Col Morel and Mr. Rucci presented together, trading off topics and slides in the same integrated fashion that they have planned and executed the flight test program to date.  This unique industry-military collaboration has proved invaluable, and the program has experienced numerous benefits from this arrangement.

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Thank you very much to Lt. Col Jonathan Morel and John Rucci for sharing their stories with the AHS East New England Chapter.

This proved to be another great AHE East New England dinner filled with interesting conversation, great Q&A from the audience, and fruitful networking opportunities for the vertical flight professionals and enthusiasts in attendance.  See you at our next event!

Apr 10

Join us April 11th to hear from two CH-53K Test Pilots!

Please join our AHS East New England chapter for our upcoming dinner and networking event featuring Lt. Col Jonathan Morel and John Rucci presenting,  “CH-53K Integrated Testing.”  See event details below – we hope to see you there!

AHS ENE CH-53K Announcement

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