This is a photo of Judy Wexler, a researcher with our cichlid genetics lab at UMD and an accomplished cyclist. She is now the world’s record holder for pilot of a human-powered helicopter. She is also the first female human-powered helicopter pilot. Congratulations Judy!
You can watch the video of Judy’s flight here. This is the official announcement from the dean of the Engineering school:
Late in the afternoon of May 12, 2011, in the auxiliary gym of the Comcast Center on the campus of the University of Maryland, the human-powered helicopter Gamera, designed and built by graduate and undergraduate students of the A. James Clark School of Engineering and piloted by biology student Judy Wexler, achieved lift-off of 3-5 inches and hover time of approximately 4 seconds.
Even though the announcement says Judy is the pilot of a human-powered helicopter, she is almost certainly a machine.