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, 


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Registration Rates Conference Workshop Conference & Workshop
AHS Member $525 $175 $550
AHS Non-Member $625 $175 $650
Retired/Student/Military $250 $175 $325

Agenda: The conference runs from Tuesday morning to Thursday at noon — download full agenda (PDF). The workshop runs from Thursday at 1 pm to Friday at 5 pm. 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. 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)

10:00-12:00 Industry Panel: Envisioning Urban Air Mobility (Moderator: Dr. Ashish Bagai, University of Maryland)
12:00-1:30 PM
1:30 PM-3:00 PM Vehicle & Missions I Aeromechanics: Applications
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Vehicles & Missions II Aeromechanics I
Wednesday, January 17th
8:00-9:30 Aerodynamics Tilt-Rotor: Optimization Cycloidal Rotors
10:00-12:00 PM
Design & Analysis I Coaxial Rotor Aerodynamics
12:00-1:30 PM
1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Design & Analysis II Tilt-Rotor: Aeromechanics I CFD Dev & Applications
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Mars Helicopters Tilt-Rotor: Aeromechanics II Aeromechanics: Experimental
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 Design & Analysis III Aeromechanics: Aerodynamics
10:00-12:00 Design & Analysis IV Aeromechanics: Design
5th Annual Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop
1:00 PM Welcome Chris Silva NASA
1:15 PM eVTOL: Promise & Progress Mike Hirschberg AHS International
1:30 PM Uber Elevate Common Reference eVTOL Mark Moore Uber Technologies
2:00 PM Electric & Hybrid-Electric VTOL Dr. Brian Yutko Aurora Flight Sciences
2:30 PM Networking Break
3:00 PM Transformative VTOL John Piasecki Piasecki Aircraft
3:30 PM Past Workshops/Roadmapping Mike Dudley NASA Ames
3:45 PM Roadmap Working Group Outbriefs/Discussion Tony Linn, Seren Weber, Anubhav Datta and Johnny Doo
4:30 PM 4 Ways to On-Demand Mobility Mathias Thomsen Airbus
5:00 PM Q&A with Volocopter Alex Zosel Volocopter
6:00 PM-7:30 PM Reception sponsored by Uber
Friday, January 19th
7:45 Welcome Chris Silva NASA Ames
8:00 Overview: eVTOL Tool Framework Development Dr. Rob MacDonald Cal Poly
8:30 Panel: Challenges of Urban Air Mobility Airspace Dr. Parimal Kopardekar NASA Ames
Networking Break
10:00 Panel: Challenges of Urban Aviation Operations
11:00 Overview: Challenges of eVTOL Standards & Certification Tom Gunnarson (Zee Aero) and Greg Bowles (GAMA)
11:45 Panel: Challenges of Urban Aviation Ground Infrastructure Rex Alexander Uber Technologies
12:45-1:45 PM Lunch
1:45 PM Panel: Challenges of Acoustics David Josephson Josephson Engineering
2:30 PM
Panel: Challenges of Propulsion
3:30 PM Networking Break
4:00 PM Panel: Prospectives on Market Outlook
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 now sold out. Rooms are still available at the Holiday Inn hotel 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. 

Authors must submit completed papers by Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. 

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