AeroVelo is excited to announce a new sponsorship with GMC. GMC generously offered us access to GM’s Milford Proving Ground in Michigan for testing and further development of Eta. It is an amazing facility that covers over 4000 acres and has a seemingly endless variety of tracks, road conditions and specialty surfaces. As engineers, being able to visit and test in facilities like this is a great privilege.
On June 4th, 215 AeroVelo was awarded the Belt of Orion Award for Excellence from Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame. On June 4th, 2015, the 42nd annual gala dinner and ceremony that celebrates achievements in Canadian aviation took place at Toronto's Pearson Airport, and was attended by 375 industry professionals, honoured guests, and aviation enthusiasts from across Canada, including astronaut Chris Hadfield. It was an honour to be recognized along side such noteworthy Canadians, and an incredible experience to be able to share with team members and family.
At last year’s World Human-Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain we proved that our bike Eta is as efficient as we predicted. We finished third overall and reached speeds of 126.3 km/hr, making Todd the 7th fastest human being in the world. We could have done even better had a series of mechanical issues, including broken spokes, blown tires, and a tight squeeze inside the bike-shell, prevented Eta from reaching full potential.
It was a great thrill for us to have Atlas - half of it at least - find a permanent home at the Ontario Science Centre. The Atlas helicopter is far to big for any museum in North America to house it all, so we're still looking for a home for the other half. Read more about the story behind this one of a kind exhibit. After concluding the Atlas project in 2013, we started looking for a permanent home for the helicopter. Early on we found that the Ontario Science Centre has been following our work for several years: they had been interested in acquiring the Snowbird (which was ultimately committed to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa), and were equally-excited about the Atlas. However, after some initial discussion and layouts it seemed impossible to accommodate the entire helicopter in the OSC, and any installation concept would include only half the aircraft. Given that the most breathtaking aspect of Atlas is its size, we had hoped to display the entire helicopter in one piece. Unsurprisingly, after a survey of nearly every aerospace and science museum in North America, it became clear this would not be possible. The OSC is nonetheless an incredible home for the helicopter, given its proximity to Toronto and the staggering number of annual visitors, more than 1 million each year.