Aerovelo was testing today, and they had advised people that they would make an attempt at the Sikorsky prize. When I arrived, the team was in between a series of preliminary flights to trim the aircraft. Here they are busy making various adjustments to the helicopter.
Here is a video of that flight. Trefor got well over a meter, and there was not very much lateral drift.
This is Todd’s best flight of the day, where he reached an altitude of about 5 feet, a duration of more than 30 seconds, and very little lateral drift.
Unfortunately, the adjustments made after this flight did not improve things. The team was also under time pressure since they had to be off the field by 5 pm. At the end of the day, they were not able to improve on this flight, and they packed things up to try another day.
More pictures here.