Forum 71 Schedule Overview

The 71st Annual Forum and Technology Display is shaping up to be the biggest and the best ever! Below is a listing of all the major events at Forum 71. Times and events subject to change. All events included in registration fee except as denoted by an *. A ticket to the Awards Banquet is included in all 3-Day registrations and can be purchased by other attendees for $89. 

Monday, May 4, 2015
Registration Open 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
AHS Technical Council Meeting 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Short Courses (additional registration required) *
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
NASA Langley / Ft. Eustis Tour
(Reservations required)

8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Workshop on Cockpit Safety Technology
Led by Paul Schaaf, AHS International Advisor for Technology in Regulations
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Workshop on Community Noise
Led by Paul Schaaf, AHS International Advisor for Technology in Regulations
2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Special Event: 
3rd Annual Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Student Challenge
Organized by Jack Langelaan, University of Pennsylvania, Chair of the MAV Competition 
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Registration Open 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.                                                   
AHS International Board of Directors Meeting 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Technical Session A
  • Aerodynamics I
  • Aircraft Design I
  • Crash Safety I
  • Dynamics I
  • Handling Qualities I
  • Structures & Materials I
  • Unmanned VTOL Aircraft & Rotorcraft
  • Wind Energy
8:00 a.m. – 12 noon                       
Special Session: 
US Navy/Marine Corps Aviation Program Manager Briefings
Facilitated by M.E. Rhett Flater, M.E. Rhett Flater & Associates
  • Rear Admiral CJ Jaynes, Navy PEO for Air ASW, Assault & Special Mission Programs
  • Col Hank Vanderborght, Program Manager, PMA-261, H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopters 
  • Col Robert Pridgen, Program Manager, PMA-274, Presidential Helicopters
  • Col Dan Robinson, Program Manager, PMA-275, V-22 Joint Program 
  • Col Steve Girard, Program Manager, PMA-276, USMC Light/Attack Helicopters 
  • Holli Galletti, Deputy Program Manager, PMA-299, H-60 Multi-Mission Helicopters 
8:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Technical Session A Refreshment Break 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Exhibit Hall Open 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Luncheon (sponsored by Bell Helicopter Textron) 12 noon – 1:30 p.m.
Opening General Session  
  • Mike Hirschberg, AHS International Executive Director
Keynote/Welcome Address 
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Straight Talk from the Top:
“Transforming Vertical Flight Technology” Panel
Moderated by Frank Colucci, FEC Communications
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
General Session Refreshment Break (sponsored by GE Aviation) 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lecture:
"Revitalizing Research for the Next Generation of Advanced Rotorcraft"
Dr. Robert A. Ormiston, US Army Emeritus Scientist
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Exhibitor/Industry Reception
Sponsored by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Registration Open 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.                                                 
Special Session:
US Army Aviation Program Manager Briefings 
Facilitated by M.E. Rhett Flater, M.E. Rhett Flater & Associates
  • Mr. Rusty Weiger, Deputy-PEO for Aviation 
  • COL Rob Barrie, PM-Cargo
  • LTC Tal Sheppard, PM-Production and Fielding, Apache
  • COL Thomas Todd, PM-Utility
  • Mr. Mark Jeude, Chief Technical Management, Utility
  • Mr. Rich Kretzschmar, Deputy PM-UAS 
  • COL Gerald Davis, PM-Aviation Systems
  • COL Steven Braddom, Commander, Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD)
  • Mr. Dan Bailey, PD-Future Vertical Lift (FVL)
8:00 a.m. – 12 noon
Technical Session B
  • Advanced Vertical Flight I 
  • Aerodynamics II 
  • Aircraft Design II 
  • Handling Qualities II 
  • Modeling & Simulation I 
  • Propulsion I 
  • Test & Evaluation I

8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.                                 

Exhibit Hall Open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Technical Session B Refreshment Break (sponsored by Lockheed Martin) 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Exhibit Hall Luncheon (sponsored by Bell Helicopter Textron) 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Special Session: Suppliers & Subsystems Technology Panel
Moderated by Ed Birtwell, VP for Turboshaft Engines, GE Aviation
  • Bruce Bailey, VP Engineering & Programs, Eagle Aviation Technologies, LLC
  • Pat Coward, President – Triumph Gear Systems
  • Ike Song, Vice-President – Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems  
  • Dan Curry, Dir. Army Aviation & Sustainment Programs – Lockheed Martin 
  • Jason Rios, CBM Business Leader – Honeywell Aerospace
1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Vertical Lift Consortium (VLC) General Membership Meeting (By invitation only)

1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Technical Session C
  • Aerodynamics III
  • Crash Safety II (1/2)/Awards (1/2)
  • Dynamics II
  • Modeling & Simulation II
  • Operations I
  • Product Support
  • Structures & Materials II 
1:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Technical Session C Refreshment Break (sponsored by Automated Dynamics) 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Award Recipient Review (By Invitation Only) 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Vertical Flight Foundation Cocktail Reception*
(Sponsored by The Boeing Company)
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

AHS International Grand Awards Banquet*
(Sponsored by The Boeing Company)
Tickets are included for all 3-Day registrants or may be purchased for $89 each. A portion of the cost goes to support the VFF Scholarship Program.

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Registration Open
7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Special Session: Future VTOL Demonstrations
Moderated by Mike Hirschberg, AHS International
  • Dan Bailey, US Army Aviation Development Directorate: “Future Vertical Lift (FVL) and the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrations”
  • Dr. Ashish Bagai, DARPA: “DARPA VTOL Programs”
  • Susan Gorton, NASA: “NASA Vertical Flight Research”
  • Dr. Jai Moo Kim, Korea Aerospace Research Institute: "KARI Tiltrotor UAV Demonstrators and Performance Enhancement Tests"
  • Dr. James Wang, AgustaWestland: “Next Generation Civil TiltRotor for Clean Sky 2”
  • Tomasz Krysinski, Airbus Helicopters: “Low Impact Fast & Efficient RotorCraft (LifeRCraft) for Clean Sky 2”
8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Technical Session D
  • Acoustics 
  • Aerodynamics IV
  • Crew Stations & Human Factors
  • History
  • Modeling & Simulation III (1/2)/Systems Engineering (1/2)
  • Operations II
  • Propulsion II
  • Test & Evaluation II 
8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Technical Session D Refreshment Break (sponsored by CD-adapco) 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Break for Lunch (sponsored by Bell Helicopter Textron) 12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Special Session: Vertical Lift Consortium (VLC)
Moderated by Nick Lappos, VLC Chair
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Technical Session E 
  • Advanced Vertical Flight II (Advanced Transformative Concepts)
  • Avionics & Systems
  • CFD/CSD/Icing
  • Manufacturing Technology & Processing
  • Propulsion III (1/2)/Unmanned VTOL Aircraft & Rotorcraft II (1/2)
  • Structures & Materials III
  • Test & Evaluation III
  • Safety Special Session 
1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Technical Session E Refreshment Break (sponsored by Lockheed Martin) 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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Updated 4/21/15






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