Winners of the 1st Annual Helicopter 2050 Challenge!

Tharon T. - Grand Prize Winner

Plumas Lake, California

Grand Prize Winner:

Tharon T. - 15

Idea: F.L.E.A. (Flying Logistics Electronics Assistance)

This helicopter is uniquely equipped to handle disaster relief and recovery situations. It's design allows it to fly into devastated ares immediately after a disaster. With the support of drone operators, it can fly quickly into disaster areas where basic services have been disabled. The F.L.E.A. then lowers its cargo; two side mounted pods which incorporate power, communications and emergency services, that can provide assistance to local responders and residents. The F.L.E.A. is powered by solar energy and fuel cells, with a back-up generator.


Kirby K. - 14

Idea: The Medi-Copter

The Medi-Copter is a helicopter with a main body "chamber" that is mounted on pivots and adjusts automatically to changes in flight and turbulence. This allows the doctors to move around freely in order to take better care of their patients. To most easily reach the injured, the platform floor of the chamber extends down to allow easy ingress.

Kyle R. - 13

Idea: The Epic 5-2

The Epic 5-2's new design incorporates two retractable wings into the bottom body of the aircraft. It also utilizes advanced imaging and terrain mapping technologies in order to reduce the risk of crashing that pilots now face, focusing particularly on avoiding power line strikes.

Kennan N. - 13 - Finalist

Idea: OR-11 Orca

This is a versatile military helicopter outfitted with a wide array of offensive and defensive measures. The OR-11 Orca's design includes a pair of main wings and a set of two small tail fins. The main and tail rotors are not exposed as with traditional helicopters. Instead they are protected - mounted inside of the main body and tail sections.


Dylan L. - 14 - Finalist

Idea: H.A.C.

The H.A.C. (High Altitude Chopper) is helicopter with a specific purpose - to travel to space to collect "space trash". It has a robotic arm for collecting the trash and a rocket booster to blast into space. It includes a compactor to smash the space trash and a heat shield to protect it when entering the Earth's atmosphere.

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