John L. Buehler
United States of America
In 1933, John L. Buehler founded Indiana Gear Works, a manufacturer of precision engine gears. Over the years the company grew rapidly and became one of the leading producers of gears and parts for helicopter engines and transmission, including high precision power transmission gearboxes, accessory drives, actuators, and ultra-high precision gearing.
Buehler's area of expertise was in metallurgy and heat treating of materials and led to many of the advances in engine sub-assemblies. In 1964 he served as President of the American Helicopter Society and in 1965 Chairman of the Board.
The former President of the AHS and pioneer of the helicopter industry passed away on November 29, 1982, at the age of 71.
AHS Update: VERTIFLITE January/February 1983