Among industries suffering from a lack of skilled manpower, the helicopter industry, according to the Royal Aeronautical Society, is a particular case, and the society’s Rotorcraft Section Committee is planning a national contest to stimulate the interest of young people in the helicopter and attract them to become future designers, manufacturers, operators, pilots and engineers.
The competition is to design and build small (up to 5 kg. gross) pilotless rotorcraft and a prize of the order of £1,000 will go to the individual or group that produces the machine capable of remaining airborne for the longest time without refuelling. A secondary prize of the order of £500 will go to the entrant who displays the greatest ingenuity. It is expected that the contest will be held in HM Airship Sheds at Cardington in July, 1982.
Entrants, and those prepared to contribute to the prize fund, are invited to write to the secretary, Rotorcraft Committee, Royal Aeronautical Society, 4 Hamilton Place, London W1V 0BQ. — GP.