2022 Chapter Awards Banquet, August 18, and Call for Award Nominations

Save the Date!!

After a 2-year hiatus, we are bringing back the SF Bay Area Chapter Awards Banquet! The awards banquet will be held in-person at Michael’s at Shoreline in Mountain View, CA on August 18, 2022, beginning at 5:30pm. More detailed agenda and invite will be sent out closer to the event. We are also happy to announce that our guest speaker for the awards banquet will be Mr. Ken Mort, author of the recently published NASA SP “The World’s Largest Wind Tunnels: Their History, Contributions to Aeronautics, and Importance to Flight – A History of the NASA Ames 40- by 80-Foot and 80- by 120-Foot Wind tunnels.” It will be a very special evening.

Call for Nominations

As in past years, the SFBAC Board of Directors is asking for award nominations. Do you know a colleague or group who deserves recognition? The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the VFS presents awards, which provide important recognition to those who advance the interests of vertical flight, but we can’t recognize outstanding contributions without a nomination!

Whether it’s for a single outstanding contribution or achievement, a major technical innovation, or long and valued service that has pushed the frontiers of vertical flight technology and its applications, we need your nomination. Nominations are being sought for six different awards, which will be presented at the annual Awards Banquet on August 18, 2022. See attached Word doc for the award descriptions (also copied below) and nomination form, and see the links here for lists of previous winners. Please submit your nominations using the attached template no later than July 18, 2022 to Geoff Chen (geoffrey.h.chen.civ@army.mil).

Because we have missed our last two awards cycles, we will be accepting nominations for both 2021 and 2022, as well as re-visiting the nominations received in 2020, as we seek to provide recognition for the continuous accomplishments of our SFBAC members!

Award Descriptions

Velkoff Award for Outstanding Technical Paper 

Given to an individual(s) for the best technical paper, written or published within the last 12 months, documenting a significant contribution to the field of vertical flight. 

Schroers Award for Outstanding Rotorcraft Research 

Given to an individual or group for significant contribution to rotorcraft technology. 

Franklin Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Powered-Lift Field 

Given to an individual or group for significant contribution to powered-lift technology (other than helicopters). 

Outstanding Technical Support 

Given to an individual or group for exceptional technical support of vertical flight operation, research, or experimentation (such as technicians, operators, crew chiefs, pilots, inspectors, etc.). 

Outstanding Contribution to the VFS Local Chapter 

Given to an individual who has shown dedication and enthusiasm toward furthering the goals and interests of the local VFS chapter. 

Lifetime Achievement Award 

Given to an individual recognizing sustained, outstanding contributions to the advancement of rotorcraft through a life-long dedication and outstanding technical and management leadership.