Helmut Huber was the chief of research and technology at Eurocopter Deutschland. A design engineer for MBB and its successor Eurocopter for more than 33 years, he was an energetic presence at the AHS annual forums and other major international aerospace events. Huber, regarded by his aerospace peers as an engineer's engineer, pioneered the design of the first hingeless/bearingless rotor system, an achievement which led to major international business for his company with aerospace firms in Japan, India, and the United States. At the American Helicopter Society, he was a member of the AHS Technical Counsel and a former Vice President on the Society's Board of Directors. He was a moving spirit supporting the European Rotorcraft Forum. Huber often said he believed in the irresistible power of innovative technologies. Hence he devoted much of his life to funding efforts supporting research and development. In 1995, Huber's efforts in pioneering R&D across international boundaries were recognized with the Society's Gruppo Agusta International Fellowship Award given for significant contributions to international vertical flight cooperation. Huber died on June 25, 1996, in Munich, Germany following a brief illness.
AHS Update: Vertiflite September/October 1996