Australian Pacific Vertiflite Conference on Helicopter Technology

Melbourne, Australia


8th Australian Pacific Vertiflite Conference on Helicopter Technology
and 3rd Asian-Australian Rotorcraft Forum (ARF)

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
Melbourne, Australia
18-19 Dec 2014

 Jointly organized by the AHS Australia and Singapore Chapters



Call for Papers: Aerodynamics, Structures & Materials, Propulsion, Design, Avionics & Systems, Operations, Product Support and Asset Management.

For Authors: Please see the Paper Guidelines for your final paper submittal, and download the Paper Template in Word for your document.  Final papers are due September 1, 2014.

Preliminary Schedule

Thursday 18 December 2014 

0700-0800 Registration Conference organizers
0800-0815 Conference Briefing – Day 1 Dr Arvind Sinha, Conference Chair
0815-0830 Welcome Address Mr Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director, AHS International
0830-0900 Opening  Address RADM Tony Dalton, Head, Helicopters, Tactical UAVs and Guided Weapons, Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO)
0900-0930 Keynote Address 1 - Charles Crocombe, Vice President, Government Helicopters, Airbus Group Australia Pacific
0930-1000 Laying out the Foundations of Safety Management: The Offshore Helicopter Transportation System Model  Felipe Nascimento, Imperial College London, UK (Operations)
1000-1030 Lessons Learned from NH90 NFH Helicopter-Ship Qualification Alrik  Hoencamp, Netherlands Defence Academy (Operations)
1030-1100 Introduction into Service of the New Zealand Air Force NH90 Capability: Challenges and Triumphs Shaun Johnson, WdCdr, Air Advisor, RNZAF, New Zealand (Operations)
1100-1130 Integration of the MH-60R into the Navy Aviation System Program Office Engineering Management System Alex Hale, Airframe Systems Engineer, NASPO- HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW (Operations)
1130-1200 Effects of the Ship Air-wake on Helicopter Controls during Recovery Operations Robert Toffoletto, Defence Science and Technology Organisation. (Aerodynamics)
1200-1230 Military Training in Civil Environment Capt Mike Becker, Director, Becker Helicopters
1230-1330 Lunch  
1330-1400 Keynote address 2 - BRIG Michael Prictor, Commander 16 Aviation Brigade, Australian Army
1330-1400 Keynote address 3 - BRIG Andrew Mathewson,Director, General Army Aviation Systems, DMO
1430-1500 Rotorcraft Flight Dynamics and Controls Research at NASA Colin Theodore, NASA Ames Research Centre, USA (Operations)
1500-1530 Recent Advances in Small Engine Technology Lakshmi N. Sankar, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (Propulsion)
1530-1600 Multidisciplinary design and optimization of conceptual powerplant configurations targeting improved rotorcraft operational performance Fakhre Ali, Cranfield University, UK. (Propulsion)
1600-1630 Closed-form solutions for rotating cantilever non-uniform Rayleigh beams Korak Sarkar, Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (Structures and Materials)
1630-1700 Silane Coating for the Corrosion Protection of a Magnesium Alloy, ZE41 P. Chakraborty Banerjee1, Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University (Structures and Materials)
1700-1730 Analysis of Tapered Composite Beam Under Fatigue Loading Using Variational Asymptotic Method T V Megha, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (Structures and Materials)
1900-2100 Conference Technology Presentation (Project Zero), Banquet & Awards Mr James Wang, Vice President Research & Technology, Agusta Westland, Italy
President Australian Chapter


Friday 19 December 2014


0730-0800   Registration Conference organizers
0815-0830 Conference Briefing – Day 2 Dr Arvind Sinha, Conference Chair
0830-0900 Keynote Address 4 - CDRE Vince Di Pietro, Commander Fleet Air Arm, Royal Australian Navy
0900-0930  Computational Analysis of Lift Fan Hover Efficiency Chunhua Sheng, The University of Toledo. (Aerodynamics)
0930-1000 Verification of the prediction accuracy of rotor performance by rFlow 3D Hideaki Sugawara, Ryoyu Systems, Japan. (Aerodynamics)
1000-1030 Prediction of Wake Structure and Induced Velocity of a Helicopter Rotor Se Hwan Park, Division of Aerospace Engineering , Keast, Korea. (Aerodynamics)
1030-1100 Metamodeling of Tip Jet Powered Rotorcraft Take Off Trajectories for Aerodynamic Analysis Professor J.V.R. Prasad, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. (Aerodynamics)
1100-1130 Numerical Analysis of the Downwash Caused by a Helicopter Rotor in Ground Effect Masahiko Sugiura, JAXA, Japan. (Aerodynamics)
1130-1200 Validation of a Physics-Based Model for Rotorcraft Icing Phenomenon Jeewoong Kim and  Eliya Wing, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. (Aerodynamics)
1200-1230 An Online Identification Method with Improved Robustness for Helicopter Flight Control System Design Wu Wei, College of Aerospace Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China. (Operations)
1230-1330  Lunch   
1330-1400  Keynote Address 5 – CDRE Colin Lawrence, Director General Navy Aviation Systems, DMO
1400-1430 Key Note Address 6 – Continuing Airworthiness & Safety: The Challenges Mr Somen Chowdhury, Aerosapce Engineering Consultant, Canada
1400-1430 Optimization of helicopter rotor blade shape in hovering using multi fidelity optimization method Shigeru Takeda, University of Tokyo, Japan. (Design)
1430-1500 Design and Performance Evaluation for Active Tab Design Mechanism for Mach Scaled Model Blade Noboru Kobiki, JAXA, Japan, (Design)
1500-1530  BVI Noise Control Based on Pressure Signals on Blade Yasutada Tanabe, JAXA, Japan. (Aerodynamics)
1500-1530  Tiltrotor UAV Development in Korea and More Efforts to Expand Performance Jai Moo Kim, Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Daejeon, Korea. (Aerodynamics)
1600-1630 Analysis of Causes and Countermeasures of Helicopter and UAV Accidents from the Engineering Viewpoint Yeon Bok Chu, Division of Aerospace Engineering , Keast, Korea. (Aerodynamics)
1630-1700 AHS International Regional Meeting         By Invitation 
1630-1700 ARF Executive Committee Meeting  By Invitation 
1700-1715  Conference Closing Ceremony  President Australia & Singapore Chapter
and ARF Executive Committee 


Registration Fees (All fees are in USD):

Full Registrant General Attendee
Government Employee
Fully Retired and Student 
AHS Member $900 (AUD $1000)
$850 (AUD $940)
$800 (AUD $880) 
Non-AHS Member $1100 (AUD $1220)
$930 (AUD $1030)
$875 (AUD $970) 

Group booking cannot be done online.  Please use the paper registration form below. 

Register online now!

Paper Registration Form Revised 17 March

Visa Requirements:

Please see below for visa requirements to enter Australia.  All attendess except for Australians or New Zelanders will require an electronic visa.

Visa Factsheet

Visa Application Requirements

The dress code for the conference will be the conference polo with shorts, trousers or

skirts.  Please no suits and ties. Be sure to choose your size on the registration form.

Important Dates:

  • May 15, 2014: Abstract Due - Extended
  • June 2, 2014: Acknowledgement of Acceptance of Paper
  • September 1, 2014: Full Conference Paper Submission
  • October 10, 2014: Comments and Feedback on Technical Papers by Reviewers
  • October 31, 2014: Final Paper Submission
  • November 17, 2014: PowerPoint Slides Submission


About the Venue: Voted multiple times as the world’s most liveable city, Melbourne (the capital of the State of Victoria) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with a seaside setting on Port Phillip Bay offering the very best in major events and festivals, shopping, nightlife, food and wine and unique experiences. 

Important Travel Info:
Hotel Accommodations at Headquarters Hotel:
Hilton Melbourne South Wharf Hotel
2 Convention Ctr Place South Wharf
Australia 3006
Tel: +61-3-9027-2000
Fax: +61-3-9027-2001

Set in the heart of South Wharf, Melbourne's newest business and dining precinct, the stylish Hilton Melbourne South Wharf hotel is located just 12.4 miles/20 km from the airport and conveniently close to the cosmopolitan city center. Situated on the edge of Melbourne city's CBD, on the South Bank of the beautiful Yarra River, the hotel offers easy access to the Docklands, Southbank dining precinct and Etihad Stadium. 

As the only hotel with direct access to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center, guests are able to walk directly to MCEC's modern conference and event facilities from within the hotel. With onsite event spaces suitable for social function from 10 to 5000, and a unique partnership with MCEC offering 52 meeting rooms for up to 480, the hotel offers the ultimate venue.
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