Aeromechanics Design for Transformative Vertical Flight 2018

Aeromechanics 2018

Scope: The 2018 AHS Technical Meeting on Aeromechanics Design for Transformative Vertical Flight, taking place Jan. 16–18, provides a forum to discuss newly emerging aeromechanics challenges of transformative vertical lift vehicle concepts and configurations, and how they influence design methodologies and decisions. Aeromechanics encompasses the technical disciplines of dynamics, aerodynamics, acoustics and flight mechanics, all of which are strong drivers in the design process. The conference is being held in conjunction with the 5th Annual Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop on Jan. 18–19. The conference will feature technical paper presentation on aeromechanics related to transformative vertical flight, while the workshop will feature invited presentations, panel sessions and discussions on the subject, with a focus on urban air mobility.  See Call for Papers for details.

The General Chair for this conference is Mr. Barry Lakinsmith, U.S. Army Aviation Development Directorate – Aeroflightdynamics Directorate, 650-604-4264, and the Technical Chair is Dr. Colin Theodore, NASA Ames Research Center, 650-604-1180, 




Agenda and logistics:

Please visit the registration desk during these hours at your earliest convenience to pick up your registration kit. Thank you!

Registration Desk Hours
Monday 4:00PM - 8:00PM
Tuesday-Thursday 6:30AM - 4:30PM
Friday 6:30AM - 12:00 Noon
  • Conference: Tuesday morning to Thursday at noon — download TVF Conference agenda (PDF).
  • Workshop: Thursday at 1 pm to Friday at 5 pm — download TVF Workshop agenda (PDF).
  • Food & Beverages: Lunch will be provided on Tuesday and Wednesday during the conference and Friday during the workshop. There is no lunch service on Thursday. There will be coffee and soda available at the breaks. 
  • Proceedings: Conference attendees will receive an electronic copy of the technical paper proceedings; registrants for the workshop only may purchase the conference proceedings onsite for $50. 


Aeromechanics Design for Transformative Vertical Flight Technical Meeting
Tuesday, January 16th

Welcome & Plenary Government Panel: Transformative Vertical Flight (Moderator: Dr. Bill Lewis, US ADD Director)

9:30-10:30AM Break
10:00-12:00 Industry Panel: Envisioning Urban Air Mobility (Moderator: Dr. Ashish Bagai, University of Maryland)
12:00-1:30PM Lunch
1:30 PM-3:00PM Vehicle & Missions I Aeromechanics: Applications
3:00-3:30PM Break
3:30 PM-5:00PM Vehicles & Missions II Co-axial Rotors
Wednesday, January 17th
8:00-9:30AM Aerodynamics Tilt-Rotor: Optimization
9:30-10:00AM Break
10:00-12:00 AM Design & Analysis I Tilt-Rotor Aeromechanics I Aeromechanics
12:00-1:30 PM Lunch
1:30 PM-3:00 PM Design & Analysis II Tilt-Rotor: CFD Cycloidal Rotors
3:30 PM-5:00 PM Mars Helicopters Tilt-Rotor: Aeromechanics II CFD Dev. & App.
7:00 PM-9:00 PM Banquet: Pacific Ballroom (Guest Speaker: Mr. Jeff Holden, Chief Product Officer, Uber Technologies)
Thursday, January 18th
8:00-9:30 AM Design & Analysis III Aeromechanics: Design
9:30-10:00AM Break
10:00-12:00 Design & Analysis IV Aeromechanics: Aerodynamics
5th Annual Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop
1:00 PM Welcome Chris Silva NASA
1:15 PM eVTOL: Promise & Progress Mike Hirschberg AHS International
1:45 PM Uber Elevate Common Reference eVTOL Mark Moore Uber Technologies
2:15 PM Electric & Hybrid-Electric VTOL Dr. Brian Yutko Aurora Flight Sciences
2:45 PM Networking Break sponsored by Ricardo
3:15 PM Transformative VTOL John Piasecki Piasecki Aircraft
3:45 PM Past Workshops/Roadmapping Mike Dudley NASA Ames
4:00 PM Roadmap Working Group Outbriefs/Discussion Tony Linn, Anubhav Datta, Seren Weber and Johnny Doo
5:00 PM Four Ways for On-Demand Mobility Mathias Thomsen Airbus
5:30 PM-7:00 PM Reception sponsored by Uber
Friday, January 19th
7:45 AM Overview of NASA eVTOL Studies Chris Silva NASA Ames
8:00 AM Overview: eVTOL Analysis Tools & Frameworks Dr. Rob MacDonald Uber Technologies
8:30 AM Panel: Challenges of Urban Air Mobility Airspace Dr. Parimal Kopardekar NASA Ames
9:30 AM Overview: Urban Air Mobility Skyport, Cabin & User Experience John Badalamenti Uber Technologies
10:00 AM Networking break sponsored by Ricardo
10:30 AM Discussion: Get Involved and Shape the Future! Mike Hirschberg AHS International
10:50 AM Overview: Challenges of eVTOL Standards & Certification Tom Gunnarson (Zee Aero) and Greg Bowles (GAMA)
11:30 AM Panel: Challenges of Urban Aviation Ground Infrastructure Stan Swaintek Uber Technologies
12:30-1:45 PM Lunch sponsored by Bell Helicopter
1:45 PM Panel: Challenges of Acoustics David Josephson Josephson Engineering
2:30 PM Panel: Challenges of Hybrid-Electric VTOL Propulsion Jason Schug Ricardo
3:30 PM Networking break sponsored by Ricardo
4:00 PM Panel: Perspectives on Prospective Markets Piyush Bubna Ricardo
4:45-5:00 PM Closing Remarks & What's Next Chris Silva NASA Ames

Thank you to our sponsors!

Aeromechanics 2018 Sponsors

Hotel: The conference group rate at the Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf is sold out. Rooms may still be available for prevailing rates and online deals. 

The hotel is surrounded by the attractions and diverse dining options of Fisherman’s Wharf, and is just a few blocks from Pier 39, historic North Beach (San Francisco’s Italian District), and Chinatown. Cable Cars bound for world-class shopping in Union Square originate just a few blocks from the hotel, in addition to tours which include other fun and historical San Francisco sites like Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Because there is so much to do within walking distance of the hotel, some guests forgo renting a car, opting to take a cab or airport shuttle from the airport. For airport transfers, the hotel recommends the Super Shuttle (650-558-8500) or Airport Express (415-775-5121). 

Parking: Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf offers guest parking for overnight guests at the special AHS reduced rate of $43.00/day plus prevailing taxes (currently 14%), with in and out privileges. 

Aeromechanics Design for Transformative Vertical Flight 2018 paper s

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paper uploads will be accepted from Nov 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM until Jan 8, 2018 11:00:00 PM.

paper uploads for this meeting closed on Jan 8, 2018 11:00:00 PM. Please contact Julie M. Gibbs, event registrar, if you have any questions.

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