Forum 75 Program Overview

Below is a schedule of the major events at Forum 75 (details subject to change). For more information, please download the Forum 75 Preliminary Program

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All events will take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center except for the MAV Challenge and the Franklin Institute Historic Evening.

Sunday, May 12, 2019
Exhibitor Move-in 10:00am – 5:00pm
Exhibitor Registration Opens 10:00am – 5:00pm
Attendee Registration Opens 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Monday, May 13, 2019
Registration Opens 7:00am – 5:00pm
Exhibitor Move-in 8:00am – 5:30pm
VFS Technical Council Meeting 7:30am – 11:00am
Short Course on Electric VTOL Fundamentals
Instructor: Dr. Anubhav Datta, University of Maryland
8:00am – 12:30pm
7th Annual Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Student Challenge
Venue: University of Pennsylvania, Houston Hall (Hall of Flags)
9:00am – 11:00am
Session Chair Meeting 11:00am – 12:00pm
Student Volunteer Meeting 11:30am – 12:15 pm
Journal Editors Meeting 12 noon – 1:00pm

Technical Session A

  • Acoustics I
  • Adv Vertical Flight I
  • Aerodynamics I
  • HUMS I
  • Manufacturing Tech I
  • Product Support
  • Propulsion I
  • Systems Engineering
  • Test & Evaluation I
1:30pm – 5:30pm
Technical Session A Refreshment Break—Sponsored by Angelus Corporation 3:00pm – 3:30pm
Special Session 1: Future Vertical Lift
Moderated by COL Matt Isaacson, US Army, Operations Officer Future Vertical Lift
1:30pm – 3:00pm

Special Session 2: Perspectives on 75 Years of Vertical Flight
Moderated by Frank Colucci, Senior Editor, Vertiflite magazine

  • Roger Connor, Vertical Flight Curator, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
  • Beth Crumley, Historian, US Coast Guard
  • Rhett Flater, Executive Director Emeritus, AHS International
3:30pm – 5:30pm
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
General Session Refreshment Break—Sponsored by GE Aviation 8:00am – 8:30am

Opening General Session

  • Mike Hirshberg, Executive Director, Vertical Flight Society
  • Roberto Garavaglia, Chair of the VFS Board of Directors, and
    SVP of Competitive Analysis & Strategy, Leonardo Helicopter
FAA Address:
  • James A (Jim) Viola, Acting Director, General Aviation Safety Assurance, AFG-1,
    US Federal Aviation Administration

Keynote Address: To Be Announced

Straight Talk from the Top
Moderated by Dan Parsons, Executive Editor, Rotor & Wing International
  • Tomasz Krysinski, VP Research & Innovation, Airbus Helicopters
  • Vince Tobin, Executive VPMilitary Business, Bell
  • Dave Koopersmith, VP/GM, Boeing Vertical Lift
  • Roberto Garavaglia, Senior VP Competitive Analysis & Strategy, Leonardo Helicopter
  • Mike Ambrose, VP Engineering & Technology, Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Co.
8:30am – 11:00am
Exhibit Hall Open 11:00am – 6:00pm
Exhibit Hall Luncheon—Sponsored by Bell 12 noon – 1:30pm

VFS Legacy Panel: 75 Years of Advancing Vertical Flight

Moderated by Mike Hirschberg, VFS Executive Director

2:30pm – 3:00pm
39th Annual Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship

"Design Advantages of an Integrated Cyber-Physical Aircraft"
Nicholas D (Nick) Lappos, Senior Fellow Emeritus, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Exhibitor/Industry Reception—Sponsored by Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Show Office 6:00am – 5:00pm
Audio Visual Office 7:00am – 5:00pm
Registration Open 7:00am – 5:30pm
Speaker Ready Room 7:00am – 5:00pm

Special Session 3: US Military Programs Flight Test Panel

Moderated by LT COL Rory Feely, USMC, Executive Officer, US Navy Test Pilot School

  • Lt Col Gary Shill, USMC: F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program Office
  • LCDR Raymond Miller, US Navy: Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Program Office,
    Naval Air Systems Command
  • Mr Raymond Dagenhart: V-22 Lead Test Engineer, US Navy Air Test and Evaluation Squadron
    (HX-21) “Blackjack”, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
  • LT Neil Whitesell, US Navy: Fire Scout Project Pilot, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (UX-24),
    Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
  • Dr John “JT” Tritschler: Rotary Wing Instructor, US Navy Test Pilot School
8:00am – 9:30am
Technical Session B
  • Aerodynamics II
  • Acoustics II
  • Aircraft Design I
  • Avionics & Systems
  • Dynamics I/ Test & Evaluation II
  • History
  • Modeling & Simulation I / Propulsion II
  • Structures & Materials I
8:00am – 12:15pm
VFS Board of Directors Meeting (By invitation only) 9:00am – 12 noon
Exhibit Hall Open 9:00am – 5:00pm
Technical Session B Refreshment Break—Sponsored by ATEC 9:30am – 10:15am
Special Session 4: US Army Program Manager Briefings
Moderated by Brig Gen Thomas Todd, US Army, PEO Aviation (invited)
10:15am – 12:15pm
Exhibit Hall Luncheon—Sponsored by Bell 12:15pm – 1:45pm

Special Session 5: NATO Next Generation Rotorcraft Capabilities
Moderated by Dan Bailey, US Army Futures Command

1:45pm – 3:15pm
Technical Session C
  • Aerodynamics III
  • Aircraft Design II/Advanced Vertical Flight II
  • Dynamics II
  • Crew Stations & Human Factors
  • Handling Qualities I
  • Operations
  • Structures & Materials 
  • Unmanned VTOL I
1:45pm – 6:00pm
Awards Recipient Orientation (By invitation only) 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Technical Session C Refreshment Break—Sponsored by Liquid Measurement Systems 3:15pm – 4:00pm

Special Session 6: US Navy/US Marine Corps Program Manager Briefings
Moderated by Timothy E Gowen, Assistant Program Executive Officer Engineering, US Navy, PEO(A)

4:00pm – 6:00pm
Vertical Flight Foundation Cocktail Reception—Sponsored by Leonardo 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Grand Awards Banquet—Sponsored by Leonardo 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Registration Opens 7:30am – 1:00pm
Tech Committee Chair/Session Chair Meeting 7:00am – 8:00am

Special Session 7: Urban Air Mobility (UAM) Rotorcraft Developments
Moderated by Dr Ken Rosen, Aero Science Technology Associate

8:00am – 9:30am
Technical Session D
  • Aerodynamics IV
  • Acoustics III
  • Aircraft Design III
  • Dynamics III
  • Manufacturing Tech II/Structures & Materials III
  • Modeling & Simulation II
  • Safety
  • Unmanned VTOL II
8:00am – 12 noon
Technical Session D Refreshment Break—Sponsored by Applied Avionics 9:30am – 10:00am

Special Session 8: Challenges in Electric VTOL
Moderated by Chris Silva, NASA Ames Research Center

10:00am – 12 noon
Lunch—Sponsored by Bell 12 noon – 1:30pm

Special Session 9: Electric VTOL System Safety
Moderated by Jonathan Hartman, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Co

1:30pm – 3:00pm
Technical Session E
  • Aerodynamics V
  • Advanced Vertical Flight III
  • Crash Safety
  • Dynamics IV
  • Handling Qualities II
  • Modeling & Simulation III
  • Propulsion III
1:30pm – 5:30pm
Technical Session E Refreshment Break—Sponsored by ITT, Inc. 3:00pm – 3:30pm

Special Session 10: Progress in Development of Electric VTOL
Moderated by Jim Sherman, SAE International

3:30pm – 5:30pm
Friday, May 17, 2019
Industry Tours of Boeing and AgustaWestland Philadelphia plants
(pre-registration required)
7:00am – 1:00pm

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Updated 2019-03-11