Prof. Dr. Amnon Katz

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Prof. Dr. Amnon Katz

Birthplace: Kraków, Kraków County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland
Death: October 03, 2000 (65)
Tuscaloosa Municipal Airport, Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, United States (Fatal Crash of an experimental helicopter)
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Son of Dr. Ben Zion Katz and Klara Katz
Husband of Private User
Father of Private and Private

Occupation: Proffesor
Managed by: Eilat Gordin Levitan
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About Prof. Dr. Amnon Katz

Published on: 10/4/2000

....His family escaped Nazi authorities in Poland ( to the Soviet Union) when he was four years old and settled in the Middle East ( going from the Soviet Union to Iran and later to Palestine).He spent his childhood and early adult years in Israel attending school at Hebrew University and Weizmann Institute.

Katz began his career as a physics professor at Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

On leave from Weizmann, he taught and conducted research at Stanford, Harvard, Argonne National Lab in Illinois and the University of Washington.

In 1971, Katz converted to aerospace engineering, studying at the University of Michigan.His career included working for an aerospace firm and for the McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Co.

Katz left the private sector in 1991 to teach at UA, where his specialties were flight simulations, applied aerodynamics, conceptual design and guidance and control.

World-renowned in his field, Katz raised the level of expertise of the engineering college faculty and leaves a void that will be difficult to fill, said UA College of Engineering Dean Tim Green.


Whether inside a classroom or in a hangar using the helicopter as a teaching tool, Katz challenged his students, Green said.


TUSCALOOSA - University of Alabama professor Amnon Katz was killed Tuesday morning shortly after an experimental helicopter he was flying crashed into a chain-link fence at the Tuscaloosa Municipal Airport.

There were no other people in the one-seat helicopter Katz and his students built over the course of three semesters as an ongoing engineering project.

Two agencies, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, are investigating the 9 a.m. fatality.



Approved for flight by the FAA in April, the helicopter allowed Katz and his students to conduct research.In an interview with a campus research magazine, Katz said the helicopter gave his students a way to validate the simulations performed in labs.Before the helicopter was assembled earlier this year, engineering students did not have access to a helicopter.

Katz, a certified pilot, said in an interview with "Capstone Engineer" magazine that building a one-man helicopter was based on finances and safety.

"A one-man helicopter is more affordable and it segregates the risk and liabilities of students flying it from the unique experience of building it," Katz said.

"Since I am the only one with a license and only one person can be it at a time, there were no questions about who would fly it."

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Prof. Dr. Amnon Katz's Timeline

July 17, 1935
Kraków, Kraków County, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland
October 3, 2000
Age 65
Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, United States