The Vertical Flight Society has a tradition of honoring the vertical flight industry’s most outstanding achievements. The local San Francisco Bay Area Chapter fulfills this function by providing awards for Outstanding Technical Paper, Rotorcraft and Powered-Lift Research, Technical Support, and Contribution to the VFS Local Chapter.
Each of you has an important and distinct role to play in identifying those of your colleagues deserving of special recognition. If there is someone, or a group of persons, you feel is making an outstanding contribution to the world of vertical flight, please select from the award categories listed below and make your nomination(s).
Nominations must be submitted using the information on the form attached to this letter. Nominations should be e-mailed (no postal service due to closure of facilities) to the Awards Committee no later than close of business on Friday, July 3, 2020. E-mail submissions can be sent to Christopher Silva, VFS SFBAC Awards Chair, at the email address in the PDF linked above. If you have any questions, please contact Chris at that email address. The awards presentation will be scheduled at a future date.
Velkoff Award for Outstanding Technical Paper
Awarded 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
Awarded to an individual or group for a significant contribution to rotorcraft technology.
Franklin Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Powered-Lift Field
Awarded to an individual or group for a significant contribution to powered-lift technology (other than helicopters.)
Award for Outstanding Contribution to the AHS Local Chapter
Awarded to an individual who has shown dedication and enthusiasm toward furthering the goals and interests of the local AHS chapter.
Award for Outstanding Technical Support
Awarded to an individual or group for exceptional technical support of vertical flight operations, research, or experimentation (such as technicians, operators, crew chiefs, pilots, inspectors, etc.).
Lifetime Achievement Fellow
Awarded to an individual for sustained, outstanding contributions to the advancement of rotorcraft through a life-long dedication and outstanding technical and management leadership.