Editor’s Note: Over the next two years, we’ll be hosting a series of GoFly Master Lectures where industry experts share advice, insights, and answer questions from anyone interested in participating in the GoFly Prize.

For the fifth in our series of Master Lectures, we welcome Dr. Arvind Sinha, Director of Engineering at the Helicopter Systems Division of the Australian Department of Defence. Dr. Sinha has a service record of over 42 years, which includes positions in defence forces, industry and academic institutions. He has held positions such as Officer Commanding of Military units in Operation; has three post-graduate degrees (Electronics Engineering, Aerospace Technology and Business administration) and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering, Multi-mission helicopter design. In 2016, he was honored with the “World’s Outstanding Aerospace Engineer Leadership Award” by the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International.

In this 30-minute lecture, Dr. Sinha advises GoFly competitors on how to approach design optimization–from the importance of simulation in the building process to strategies for optimizing thrust while minimizing noise. He also shares his own desire to “truly fly” in a way that humankind has yet to achieve, and why he’s personally inspired by GoFly innovators.   

There are many different designs that have the potential to successfully meet the GoFly parameters. The complete technical rules for the GoFly Prize can be found at Herox.com/GoFly/Guidelines. https://herox.com/GoFly/guidelines.