Doing More with Less: Human Flight on the Power of a Cordless Drill
Location: London Pub, 9724 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 1V8
Fee: $15 plus a small Eventbrite processing fee
On June 13, 2013, AeroVelo’s Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter captured the 33-year-outstanding AHS Sikorsky Prize. Created in 1980 and thought by many to be impossible, the prize required an HPH to fly for 60 seconds and achieve 3m in height, while remaining controlled within a 10m by 10m box.
Cameron Robertson will present the journey leading to this historic achievement, and the process behind the creation of Atlas. This includes the development and construction of the Snowbird Human-Powered Ornithopter, a precursor project that succeeded in achieving an ancient aeronautical dream in 2010, with the first sustained flight of a human-powered flapping-wing aircraft. Cameron will conclude with future human-powered projects, including AeroVelo’s current focus on high-speed human-powered land vehicles. In the quest for the world human-powered land speed record, these vehicles showcase aerodynamic strategies that allow speeds of over 130 km/hr, with equivalent fuel efficiencies nearly 100 times better than the average car.
Cameron Robertson completed his Master’s in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Toronto in 2009. In 2012, Robertson and colleague Todd Reichert founded AeroVelo Inc., a company dedicated to increasing the public's awareness of sustainable solutions to society's most pressing technological issues. AeroVelo has focused on using human-powered vehicles as a teaching platform to demonstrate innovative and creative engineering and to challenge the general perception of the impossible.
Its Wings Night at the Pub and with the purchase of a beverage, the Chapter will buy you a basket of wings. Networking and socializing encouraged. Guests of engineers are also welcomed.
*Note: Please drink responsibly and arrange for a safe ride home
For more information, please contact:
Rick Vender, P.Eng.,