Forum Program Overview

Below is a schedule of the major events at Forum 79. You can also check out these links for other schedule views and information:

Monday, May 15, 2023
Registration Desk Open 7:00am–5:00pm
Technical Council Meeting 7:30am–12:00pm
Short Course: Electric VTOL Technology 8:00am–5:00pm
Short Course: Introduction to AI for Engineers 8:00am–5:00pm
Journal Editors Meeting 12:00pm–1:00pm
Student Volunteers Meeting 4:00-4:30pm
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Registration Desk Open 7:00am–5:00pm
Technical Session A — Sponsored by Leonardo Helicopter Division
  • Acoustics I
  • Aerodynamics I
  • Aircraft Design I
  • Advanced Vertical Flight I
  • Crew Stations I
  • History (honoring Franklin D. Harris)
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Modeling & Simulation I
  • Structures & Materials I

Special Session 1: International VTOL R&D

Moderated by Dan Newman, Boeing

  • Perry Comeau, Chief Test Pilot and IRIS Project Manager, NRC Canada
  • Arnaud LePape, Rotorcraft Program Manager, ONERA
  • Florian Antrack, Program Manager, Defence Technology, DLR
  • Pat Collins, Senior Fellow, Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), UK Ministry of Defence (MoD)
Exhibit Hall Open
Technical Session A Refreshment Break — Sponsored by Hutchinson Aerospace 9:30am–10:00am

Special Session 2: US VTOL R&D

Moderated by Dr. Rajneesh Singh, US Army Research Lab

  • Susan Gorton, Project Manager, RVLT, NASA
  • Michael Fallon, Assistant PEO(A) for S&T and Vertical Lift S&T Portfolio Manager, NAVAIR
  • Cliff Johnson, Senior R&D Engineer, FAA Tech Center
  • Dr. Oliver Wong, Associate Director, Design, Simulation & Experimentation, US Army DEVCOM Aviation & Missile Center
Exhibit Hall Lunch Break — Sponsored by Joby Aviation
Opening General Session
  • Mike Hirschberg, Outgoing Executive Director, Vertical Flight Society
  • Angelo Collins, Incoming Executive Director, Vertical Flight Society
  • Dr. Mahendra Bhagwat, Senior Research Scientist (ST) for Air Vehicle Aerodynamics & Preliminary Design, US Army DEVCOM AvMC (VFS Technical Director)

Straight Talk from the Top

Moderated by Graham Warwick, Aviation Week

  • Tomasz Krysinski, VP, Research & Innovation, Airbus Helicopters
  • Jason Hurst, EVP, Engineering, Bell 
  • Kathleen (KJ) Jolivette, VP/GM, Vertical Lift, The Boeing Company 
  • Roberto Garavaglia, SVP Strategy & Innovation, Leonardo Helicopters
  • Paul Lemmo, President, Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Co.
Opening General Session Refreshment Break — Sponsored by GE Aerospace 3:30pm–4:00pm
43rd Annual Nikolsky Lecture: Dr. Serge Germanetti, Airbus: "50 Years of Innovation, Reducing Pilot Workload and Enhancing Safety by Helping Pilots Manage Helicopter Performance" 4:00pm–5:00pm
Industry Reception — Sponsored by The Boeing Company 5:00pm–7:00pm
Aircraft Design Technical Committee Meeting 6:00pm– 7:30pm
Handling Qualities Technical Committee Meeting 6:00pm– 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Registration Desk Open 7:00am–5:00pm

Technical Session B — Sponsored by Leonardo Helicopter Division

  • Advanced Vertical Flight II
  • Aerodynamics II
  • Avionics & Systems I
  • Crew Stations II
  • Dynamics I
  • eVTOL I (honoring Alex Stoll)
  • Modeling & Simulation II
  • Operations
  • Test & Evaluation I
8:00am–12:15 pm

Special Session 3: US Army PEO Aviation Future Vertical Lift

Moderated by Matt Sipe, US Army PEO Aviation

  • Michelle Gilbert, Technical Division Chief, FLRAA
  • Melanie Hardt, Technical Division Chief, FARA
  • Col Danielle Medaglia, PM, Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Exhibit Hall Open

Safety Technical Committee Meeting 9:00am–10:00am
Technical Session B Refreshment Break Sponsored by Hutchinson Aerospace 9:30am–10:15am
Structures & Materials Technical Committee Meeting
10:00am– 11:00am
Acoustics Technical Committee Meeting 10:00am– 11:30am

Special Session 4: US Army PEO Aviation Modernization Update

Moderated by Matt Sipe, US Army PEO Aviation

  • Col Calvin Lane, PM, Utility Helicopters
  • LTC Nick Yerby, PM for Development & Modernization, Apache
  • Scott Rosengren, Technical Division Chief, Cargo
  • Bob Sheibley, Deputy PM, Aviation Turbine Engines
  • Lynn Tompkins, Technical Division Chief, Aviation Mission Systems & Architecture
Exhibit Hall Lunch Break — Sponsored by Overair 12:15pm–1:45pm
Operations Technical Committee Meeting
1:15pm– 2:15pm
Product Support Technical Committee Meeting 1:30pm– 2:30pm
VFS Board of Directors Meeting 2:00pm– 4:30pm

Technical Session C — Sponsored by Leonardo Helicopter Division

  • Acoustics II
  • Aerodynamics III
  • Aircraft Design II
  • Dynamics II
  • Handling Qualities I
  • HUMS / Systems Engineering I
  • Propulsion I
  • Structures & Materials II

Special Session 5: US Air Force VTOL

Moderated by Dana Jensen, Gemini Industries / US Air Force

  • Col Charles "Tron" McMullen, USAF, Deputy Director, Global Reach, SAF/AQQ
  • Lt Col John "Wasp" Tekell, USAF, Agility Prime Lead, AFWERX
  • Rachel Bellanova, Transformational Capabilities Office, AFRL/RST
Technical Session C Refreshment Break — Sponsored by Continuum Dynamics, Inc. 3:15pm–4:00pm
Manufacturing Technology Technical Committee Meeting 3:30pm–4:00pm

Special Session 6: Flight Test Challenges for VTOL Aircraft

Moderated by Al Lawless, Aurora Flight Sciences

  • Tony Mumford, Principal Engineer, Overair
  • Dan Newman, Senior Tech Fellow, The Boeing Company
  • Discussion: “A 21st Century Taxonomy for VTOL Aircraft”
HUMS Technical Committee Meeting 4:00pm–5:00pm
Unmanned VTOL Aircraft Technical Committee Meeting 5:00pm–6:00pm
Aerodynamics Technical Committee Meeting 6:00pm–7:00pm
Modeling & Simulation Technical Committee Meeting 6:00pm–7:00pm
Thursday, May 18, 2023
Registration Desk Open 7:00am–1:30pm

79th Annual Grand Awards Breakfast — Sponsored by Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company

Limited seating

Advanced Vertical Flight Committee Meeting 8:00am–9:00am
Exhibit Hall Open 9:00am–12:00pm
Crew Stations and Human Factors Committee Meeting 9:00am–10:00am
Dynamics Committee Meeting 9:00am–10:30am
Test & Evaluation Committee Meeting 9:00am–10:30am
Propulsion Committee Meeting 9:30am–11:00am
Technical Session D Refreshment Break — Sponsored by WinSystems, Inc. 9:30am–10:15am

Technical Session D — Sponsored by Leonardo Helicopter Division

  • Aerodynamics IV
  • Avionics & Systems II
  • Crash Safety
  • Product Support
  • Systems Engineering II
  • Unmanned VTOL I
10:15am–12:15 pm

Special Session 7: Challenges in Electric VTOL

Moderated by Luigi Ricci Moretti

  • Rani Plaut, CEO, AIR
  • Glenn Waters, Head of Advanced Technology, ARC Aerosystems
  • Doron Merdinger, CEO, Doroni Aerospace
  • Santh Sathya, CEO, LuftCar LLC

eVTOL Technical Committee Meeting

Lunch Break

Technical Session E — Sponsored by Leonardo Helicopter Division

  • Acoustics III
  • Dynamics III
  • eVTOL III (honoring Alex Stoll)
  • Handling Qualities II
  • Modeling & Simulation III
  • Propulsion II
  • Safety
  • Test & Evaluation II
  • Unmanned VTOL II

Special Session 8: Autonomy for VTOL Aircraft

Moderated by Pamir Sevincel, Quartz Capital

  • Dr. Luuk van Dijk, CEO, Daedalean
  • Dr. Hector Xu, CEO, Rotor Technologies, Inc. 
  • Mark Butkiewicz, VP, Applied Engineering, SURVICE Engineering
Student Design Competition Steering Committee Meeting 1:30pm–2:30pm
Avionics and Mission Systems Committee Meeting 2:00pm–3:00pm
Crash Safety Committee Meeting 2:00pm–3:00pm
Technical Session E Refreshment Break — Sponsored by Jaunt Air Mobility

Special Session 9: Progress in Electric VTOL

Moderated by Mike Hirschberg, Vertical Flight Society

  • Dave Dennison, VP Engineering, Archer Aviation
  • Dr. Gregor Veble Mikić, Flight Research Lead, Joby Aviation
  • Tony Mumford, Principal Flight Sciences Engineer, Overair
  • Mikaël Cardinal, VP PM Organ Delivery Systems, United Therapeutics Corp.
Systems Engineering Technical Committee Meeting
Friday, May 19, 2023
Tour of the Sikorsky Development Flight Center (SOLD OUT. RSVPs required) 8:15am-1:15pm

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