Kevin Bredenbeck, the pilot who flew the revolutionary X2 Technology demonstrator last year to an unofficial speed record for conventional helicopters, has been recognised by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) with the Iven C. Kincheloe Award for the year's outstanding professional accomplishment in the conduct of flight testing.
Bredenbeck, who also is Sikorsky's Director of Flight Operations, accepted the award at a ceremony in California on Sept. 24.
"It's hard to believe what has transpired over the last few years, focusing on the task at hand, holding a team together and pushing the envelope of an 'X' plane," Bredenbeck said in collecting the award. "I got to lead a great team and would never have been able to demonstrate the capabilities of this X2 technology without them. I'm even prouder that this team delivered to the doorstep of the future the next generation potential for rotor winged flight."
The Iven C. Kincheloe Award was established in 1958 in memory of Air Force Test Pilot and SETP member Iven C. Kincheloe to honor exceptional contributions to an aerospace programme as a test pilot.