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Clark School's Gamera Certified for World Records

Human-powered helicopter’s 11.4-second flight officially recognized

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  November 17, 2011

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Melissa Corley
301 405 6501
mcorley@umd.edu

COLLEGE PARK, Md.--The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale has certified that the Clark School’s Gamera human-powered helicopter team set world records earlier this year for flight duration and flight duration with a female pilot.

The FAI certified the 4.2-second flight of May 12, 2011, and the 11.4-second flight of July 13, 2011, which supersedes the first.

Gamera was designed and built by a team of some 50 students at the Clark School, and piloted by biology student Judy Wexler. The team is currently working on a new vehicle in pursuit of the Sikorsky Prize. The new vehicle will be lighter and more efficient than the original. The team hopes to have it completed this spring.

Details of the records can be viewed on the FAI web site under Experimental and New Technologies World Records/Manpowered Rotorcraft (IDs 16230, 16232, 16273 and 16274).

View the May 12 Flight

View the July 13 Flight

More Information: Previous Releases Regarding Gamera:
Clark School's Gamera Human-Powered Helicopter Team Completes Second Step Toward Sikorsky Prize With New 12.4-Second Unofficial Flight Duration
It's Official: National Aeronautic Association Awards Two U.S. National Records for Clark School's Human-Powered Helicopter Flight : Fédération Aéronautique Internationale to Begin Evaluation of Flight for World Records
Clark School Human-Powered Helicopter Flies : University of Maryland's "Gamera" Takes Flight, Achieves World Record with Female Pilot Aboard

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