There have been many competitors since the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition was established in 1980... but no one has been able to successfully claim the $250,000 prize, until now....!!
-Check out the video of the winner, AeroVelo below:
To win the prize a team of engineers would have to build a helicopter powered solely by a human that would achieve a flight duration of 60 seconds, reach an altitude of 3 meters (9.8 ft), while remaining in a 10 meters (32.8 ft) square. The first attempt wouldn't even leave the ground until 1989 when the Da Vinci III built by students Cal Poly San Luis Obispo flew for 7.1 seconds.
Finally, on June 13th of this year the AeroVelo Team from the University of Toronto managed to fly their Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter for 64.1 seconds, reaching an altitude of 11 feed (3.3 meters). The Atas is a mammoth four rotor helicopter that despite measuring 154 feet (47 meters) across weighs only 119 pounds.