Capability and Affordability in the Future of the Vertical Lift Industry

additive manufacturing

September 14-15, 2015
Conference Training Center
Huntsville, Alabama USA

As government and industry budgets are squeezed ever tighter, the customer is demanding greater capability for less money. This event provides a forum for discussions of new tools and processes capable of meeting the future budget challenges in rotorcraft development.

Leading experts from the government, academia, and industry will discuss the affordability challenges ahead of us. With budgets being squeezed, we are seeing the emergence of a new class of military and civil customers demanding greater capability for less cost; i.e. more value. 

This Technical Specialists’ Meeting is a superb chance to present and discuss advances in every area of vertical flight technology  related to the Affordability & Capability. It is incumbent on us, as system engineers, to spearhead the next step in the evolution of our industry by exploring the processes, tools and technologies which maximize value (Capability per $).  We welcome papers in all disciplines discussing the capability enabling cost technologies and/or the system engineering  tools and processes enabling such leaps.

Current topics of particular interest include but are not limited to:
  • Capability versus affordability
  • Managing cost and schedule risk in a volatile defense budget
  • Technology insertion timeline versus user needs
  • Consideration of safety, reliability, manufacturing and supportability requirements early in the requirement negotiating process 

Papers from all disciplines are welcome to explore a variety of approaches that target this challenging subject. Abstracts of approximately 1000 words are to be submitted in PDF form and are still being accepted. They should convey a complete synopsis of the paper, summarize figures and illustrations to be used (with samples), and include a summary of important conclusions.

Download the Systems Engineering 2015 Call for Papers and Presentations here.

Please contact the committee via email or call Steve Skinner at (817) 280-1311 or Sue O'Brien at (256) 824-6133.


Please download the Systems Engineering 2015 Author Guide for details on writing your final paper for submission on the Proceedings CD.  You may also want to refer to the AHS Forum 71 Author Guide for more information.  The final paper/presentation submission due date is Sunday, August 30.  Speaker forms and Assignment of Copyright are due Wednesday, September 9.


Registration Fees

Full registration fee includes access to all sessions and Exhibit Hall, Proceedings CD, break refreshments, and lunches on Sept. 14 & 15.

Full Registrant – AHS Member (Including Industry/Academia, Speaker & Retired) $180 USD          
Full Registrant – Non-AHS Member (Includes 1 year of free AHS membership) $260 USD
Full Registrant – AHS Student Member (Must be a full-time student) $50 USD
Full Registrant – Non-AHS Student Member (Includes 1 year of free AHS Student Membership $75 USD
Government Registrant – Government Employee (Attendance only)* $0 USD
Proceedings (Included in Full Registrant fee) $50 USD
Reception Ticket (Included in Full Registrant fee) $35 USD

*Government fee does not include Proceedings CD, lunches, or break refreshments. Lunch tickets may be purchased at the door for $10.00.  Break refreshments will be "Pay as you go."

There will be a $25.00 USD cancellation fee for all credit card transactions.

Online Registration is now available!

You can down load the Systems Engineering Paper Registration here.

Hotel Accommodations

The host hotel is the Huntsville Marriott at 5 Tranquility Base.  A discounted AHS at $114.00 per night is available here. You can also make your reservations by calling 1-800-228-9290 or 1-256-830-2222. 

You may also choose to stay at the Hampton Inn Huntsville.

You may download a map of the University of Alabama Huntsville to locate the Conference Training Center.

Exhibits and Sponsorships

Are you interested in exhibiting at or sponsoring this event?  Contact Sue O'Brien for more information.


Technical Contacts:

Debra Curry, 1-817-280-1676 or email Debra

Sue O’Brien, 1-256-824-6133 or email Sue


Kay Brackins, 1-703-684-6777 x103 or email Kay

Updated July 24, 2015

Contact Liz Malleck
Contact Randy Johnson
Contact the AHS Webmaster
Contact Mike Hirschberg
Contact AHS
Contact the Editor
Contact AHS
Contact the AHS Executive Director
Contact Kay Brackins
Contact Betty Chen
Contact Betty Chen
Contact David Renzi
Contact AHS Exhibits
Contact the AHS Staff
Request Info on Human Powered Helicopter Competition
Contact the AHS Media and Communications Team
Contact the Exhibit Chair
Contact the AHS STEM Team
Contact Valerie Sheehan
Contact Valerie Sheehan
Contact AHS Membership