American Helicopter Society San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

History of the San Francisco Chapter

Background

By 1970, rotor testing was increasing in the 40- by 80-Foot Wind Tunnel. Jim Biggers encouraged several folks to seek an AHS chapter at Ames

FOUNDING THE CHAPTER Letter to Harry Lounsbury, AHS Executive Director, June 1973: How to form a chapter

Reply: Form a Nucleus of Nine, elect a chairman, appoint other officers. Formation meeting held July 12, 1973. Nucleus of Nine Meeting Elected Jim Biggers Chairman

Appointed officers

J.L. McCloud III, Secretary/Treasurer

Kip Edenborough, Membership Chairman

William Orr, Publicity Chairman

Dr. Henry Velkoff, Program Chairman

PLANKHOLDERS: TWELVE TOTAL Jim Biggers, John McCloud, Kip Edenborough, Bill Orr, Hank Velkoff, Peter Talbot, Shorty Schroers, Robert Stroub, Gary Churchill, Bill Bousman, Dave Peters, Dan Dugan

FIRST ACTIVITIES

Started bank account, loan of $50 from John McCloud

NASA/AHS Specialists Meeting, February 1974

Membership April 1974, 95 members

First AHS Fly-In, June 22, 1974, Palo Alto Airport, Developers meet Operators

About 20 helos arrived, half civil half military

Many members got rides

Luncheon at Ming's with operator speaking

NASA/AHS Specialists Meeting on Rotor Dynamics, February 74

General Chairman, Ted Carter, Sikorsky

Technical Chairman, Bob Ormiston

Arrangements Chairman, Jim Biggers

200 attendees

NASA SP-352 of proceedings Special issue JAHS with papers

1974 Dynamics Specialists Meeting

Brave but inexperienced organizers

MANY meetings to organize

Full support of Ames management

Selecting general chairman and session chairmen

Announcements, addresses, AHS helped with this

Arrangements: auditorium, helpers, registration, hotels, helpers, dinner w/speaker

Speaker Time's Up Notification System (STUNS)

Good attendance and participation

CHAPTER HIGHIGHTS

R/C HELICOPTER FLY-IN, NOV 75

HELO FLY-IN JUNE 76

DINNER/LUNCH MEETINGS ALMOST EVERY MONTH

APRIL 76, 107 MEMBERS

NASA/AHS SPECIALISTS MEETING ON HELICOPTER STRUCTURES

MAY 77 FLY-IN, SJ FLEA MARKET APRIL 78,

SPECIALISTS MEETING ON HANDLING QUALITIES MAY 78,

5TH FLY-IN AND PICNIC JUNE 79

FLY-IN AT AMES MAY 82, N. CAL. HELICOPTER SHOW AND PLANNING SEMINAR, NASA, AHS, APA, HAI

1984 2nd Decennial Specialists Meeting on Rotorcraft Dynamics

General Chair: C.T. Snyder, Kip Edenborough

Technical Chair: B. Bousman, Ray Piziali

Admin. Chair: John Foster, Shorty Schroers

Finance Chair: John Madden

Publicity Chair: Peter Talbot

SFBAC rep.: Marty Maisel

AHS Dynamics rep.: Don Kunz

NATIONAL AWARDS TO SFBAC MEMBERS

Grover E. Bell Award

1999 - Tiltrotor Aeroacoustic Model Team

1995 - US Army AFDD; NASA Ames UH-60 Airloads Program

1994 - NASA Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex

1993 - NASA Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex

1982 - Dr. Wayne R. Johnson

1981 - XV-15 Project Team

Howard Hughes Award

2004 - Higher Harmonic Control Aeroacoustic Code (HART II) Team

2002 - NASA Tiltrotor Aeronautics Code (TRAC)

1991 - Dr. W.J. McCroskey

1989 - AHS/NASA Rotorcraft Noise Reduction Team

1982 - Dr. Frederic H. Schmitz

1981 - Robert A. Ormiston 

Dr. Alexander Klemin Award

1991 - Stanley Hiller, Jr.

1985 - Dr. Richard M. Carlson

1973 Paul F. Yaggy

Alexander A. Nikolsky Lectureship

2001 - Richard M. Carlson Honorary Fellows

1997 - William J. Snyder

1988 - Andrew W. Kerr

1974 - Dr. Richard M. Carlson

1967 - Woodrow L. Cook

AHS Technical Fellow Award

2006 - Dr. Wayne R. Johnson

2003 - William G. Bousman

2002 - David L. Key, Dr. William G. Warmbrodt

2001 - Dr. Robert A. Ormiston

1996 - C. Thomas Snyder

1992 - Dr. Michael P. Scully