Sep 13

Vertical Flight Society East New England Chapter event September 26, 2018

The The Vertical Flight Society East New England Chapter invites you to join us at our upcoming dinner with guest speaker from Aurora Flight Sciences on Wednesday, September 26th from 5-8pm.

Vertical Flight Society East New England Chapter event 9-26-2018

Jun 05

Join AHS ENE for Dinner and Guest Speaker from Terrafugia, Wed. June 20th

The East New England Chapter of AHS International, The Vertical Flight Society, invites you to join us at our upcoming dinner with guest speaker from Terrafugia on Wednesday, June 20th from 5-8pm.  AHS ENE, Dinner with Terrafugia

May 02

AHS East New England’s First Annual Drone Race

The East New England chapter of the American Helicopter Society hosted their first annual Drone Race in collaboration with MIT’s AeroAstro department and sponsored in part by Terrafugia, a leader in personal air transport that was founded by MIT graduates in the Boston area.

 

15 first-time drone racers had the pleasure of learning how to fly on Parrot Rolling Spider Drones (courtesy of Professor Sertac Karaman’s laboratory) and zipping about a short course at MIT’s Indoor Track. AHS also welcomed Glenn Davis, Director of Flight Operations and Safety at AiRXOS (a GE venture), who spoke about helping to accelerate the safe, efficient, scalable integration of air and ground space for autonomous and manned vehicles.

AHS Drone Race 1

Racers of all ages and backgrounds whooped and cheered as they tried to pass through all the gates (and not veer too far off course), enjoyed a flight demonstration by a semi-professional drone racer, and learned about the multiple applications of drones both large and small.

 

Written by Zarrin Chua, Aurora Flight Sciences

Videos courtesy of Bob Gettler

Apr 09

Join AHS ENE on April 17th for a Drone Race at MIT!

AHS East New England Chapter is pleased to announce our next event – a Drone Race!   This should be an exciting & entertaining event!

AHS ENE Drone Race

We will also have Glenn Davis, Director of Flight Operations and Safety at AiRXOS, as our guest speaker.  AiRXOS, a GE venture, is helping accelerate the safe, efficient, scalable integration of air and ground space for autonomous and manned vehicles.  Cool Stuff!

 

Please use this EventBrite link to RSVP.

Mar 12

MIT Welcomes AHS ENE at Science on Saturday: Rockets and Flight!

This past Saturday, AHS ENE volunteered at “Science on Saturday: Rockets and Flight,” an event designed to teach kids about aerospace engineering and hosted by AIAA and the MIT Museum.

AHS ENE at MIT Science on Saturdays

Nearly 1,000 kids, parents, teachers, and volunteers participated in the event, which featured a keynote speech from Lt. Col. Tucker “Cinco” Hamilton, Experimental Fighter Test Pilot and chair of AIAA’s STEM program, and 24 activity tables and demonstrations focusing on different aspects of aviation and flight.

The AHS chapter showed off different areas of helicopter and vertical lift technology, displaying instructional videos and models of 3D-printed engine components, advanced composite structures, fire-fighting helicopters in action, and various VTOL aircraft concepts (like Aurora’s VTOL X-Plane, Lightning Strike) while teaching kids to build and “fly” their own paper helicopters. The event was a huge success, and the kids thoroughly enjoyed all the demonstrations!

A special thanks to AHS ENE’s Lauren Trollinger, Scott Hannula, and Harry Nahatis for representing AHS ENE at this event!

 

Upcoming events hosted by the AHS East New England chapter include a drone race at MIT and the next bi-monthly chapter dinner, featuring a keynote delivered by an industry leader in vertical lift. Details coming soon!

 

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.

AHS ENE Boston Medflight 1

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.

AHS ENE Boston Medflight 2

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.

AHS Boston BG Potts

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

AHS Boston BG Potts 2

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!

 

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