Clark School Home UMD
wie homepage

News Story

Clark School Human-Powered Helicopter Flies

Bookmark and Share


Clark School Human-Powered Helicopter Flies

The Gamera team after the record-setting flight.
The Gamera team after the record-setting flight.

A team of more than 50 students at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering has succeeded in flying their human-powered helicopter, Gamera.

Pilot Judy Wexler, a 24-year-old biology graduate student at UM, pedaled furiously with both her hands and feet, taking the craft several inches into the air for four to six seconds, setting a world record for human-powered helicopter flight with a female pilot.

Kris Maynard, the judge from the National Aeronautics Association, announced that the flight looked successful, but that official certification will require viewing of video footage. This will likely occur on the morning of May 13.

According to Maynard, no previous human-powered helicopter flight has been certified. If the Gamera flight is certified, the vehicle will be the first in history to do so.

"I am incredibly proud of this amazing feat of engineering and physical prowess, and grateful to faculty mentors Drs. Inderjit Chopra, V.T. Nagaraj, and J. Gordon Leishman," said Clark School Dean Darryll Pines. "Today’s flight of Gamera is a fitting symbol of our excellence in rotorcraft research and education, and our first step toward winning the Sikorsky Prize."

View hi-res video of the record-setting flight.
WMV Version.

Visit the Gamera Test Flight web site.

Related Articles:
Gamera Team Blows Away Its Own Record
Two National Records for Gamera
UMD Recognized as Leader in Cyclocopter Development
Gamera Highlighted at College Park Aviation Museum
Clark School's Gamera Certified for World Records

May 13, 2011


Prev   Next

Current Headlines

Student Spotlight: Lucia Fernandez

Double Scholarship Recipient Marches Full Steam Ahead into the Fire Protection Arena

UMD Recognized as Leader in Cyclocopter Development

UMD Takes Second Place in NASA RASC-AL Competition

Gray Wins Dr. Mabel S. Spencer Award for Graduate Achievement

ResearchFest 2017

UMD Experiments Launched into Orbit on SpaceX Capsule

Alumna Profile: Amy Murdock

News Resources

Return to Newsroom

Search News

Archived News

Events Resources

Events Calendar

Additional Resources

UM Newsdesk

Faculty Experts