Forum Program Overview

Below is a schedule of the major events at Forum 76 (details subject to change). Please note that Forum 76 has been rescheduled to October due to COVID-19.

Check out the 76th Annual Forum and Technology Display main page for more information.

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Sunday, October 4, 2020
Exhibitor Move-in 9:00am–5:00pm
Exhibitor Registration Opens 9:00am–5:00pm
Attendee Registration Opens 2:00pm–5:00pm
Monday, October 5, 2020
Registration Opens 7:00am–5:00pm
Exhibitor Move-in 8:00am–5:30pm
Short Course on Electric VTOL Fundamentals
Instructor: Dr. James Wang
Short Course on Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE)
Instructor: Mr. Barry Papke
VFS Technical Council Meeting 8:00am–12:00 noon
Journal Editors Meeting 12 noon–1:30pm
Session Chair Meeting 1:30pm–2:30pm
Student Volunteer Meeting 3:00pm–4:00pm
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Show Office 6:00am–5:00pm
Audio Visual Support 7:00am–5:00pm
Speaker Ready Room 7:00am–5:00pm
Registration Opens 7:00am–5:00pm
Special Session: International VTOL R&D Briefing
Technical Session A
  • Acoustics I
  • Adv. Vertical Flight I
  • Aerodynamics I
  • Dynamics I
  • Modeling & Simulation I
  • Propulsion I
  • Safety
  • Unmanned VTOL I
Exhibit Hall Opens 9:00am–7:00pm
Technical Session A Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC)
Special Session: US Navy/Marine Corps Program Briefing 10:00am–12:00noon
Exhibit Hall Luncheon—Sponsored by The Boeing Company 12noon–1:30pm
Opening General Session


  • Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director, Vertical Flight Society
  • Glenn E. Isbell, Chair of the VFS Board of Directors and Bell VP of Rapid Prototyping
    & Manufacturing Innovation

Keynote Address: TBA

Straight Talk from the Top
•    Tomasz Krysinski, VP Research & Innovation, Airbus
•    Michael Thacker, Executive VP, Technology & Innovation, Bell
•    Steve Parker, VP/GM, Boeing Vertical Lift
•    Roberto Garavaglia, Senior VP, Strategy & Innovation, Leonardo Helicopters
•    Dan Schultz, President, Sikorsky a Lockheed Martin Company
General Session Refreshment Break — Sponsored by GE Aviation 3:30pm–4:00pm
40th Annual Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship

“Flight Control Technology Advancements and Challenges for Future Rotorcraft”
Dr. Mark B. Tischler, US Army Senior Scientist

Exhibitor/Industry Reception—Sponsored by Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company 5:00pm–7:00pm
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Show Office 6:00am–5:00pm
Audio Visual Support 7:00am–5:00pm
Registration Open (Registrants and Exhibitors) 7:00am–5:30pm
Speaker Ready Room 7:00am–5:00pm
Special Session: Future Vertical Lift 8:00am–9:30am
Technical Session B
  • Aerodynamics II
  • Aircraft Design I
  • Dynamics II
  • eVTOL I
  • Handling Qualities I
  • Modeling & Simulation II
  • Propulsion II
  • Unmanned VTOL II
Exhibit Hall Open 9:00am–5:00pm
Technical Session B Refreshment Break—Sponsored by Advanced Turbine Engine Company (ATEC) 9:30am–10:15am
Special Session: US Army Program Briefings 10:15am–12:15pm
Exhibit Hall Luncheon—Sponsored by The Boeing Company 12:15pm–1:45pm
Special Session: Future Vertical Workforce 1:45pm–3:15pm
Technical Session C
  • Aerodynamics III
  • Aircraft Design II
  • Advanced Vertical Fight II
  • Crash Safety
  • eVTOL II
  • Handling Qualities II
  • Structures & Materials I
  • Unmanned VTOL III
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: Flight Test
Vertical Flight Foundation Cocktail Reception—Sponsored by Bell 6:00pm–7:15pm
Grand Awards Banquet—Sponsored by Bell 7:15pm–9:30pm
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Show Office 6:00am–5:00pm
Audio Visual Office 7:00am–5:00pm
Speaker Ready Room 7:00am–5:00pm
Registration Opens 7:30am–1:00pm
Special Session: Urban Air Mobility Innovations 8:00am–9:30am
Technical Session D
  • Propulsion III/Aerodynamics IV
  • Acoustics II
  • Crew Station I
  • HUMS I
  • History
  • Manufacturing & Technology
  • Operations
  • Systems Engineering
  • Test & Evaluation I
Technical Session D Refreshment Break—Sponsored by CMC Electronics 9:30am–10:15am
Special Session: System Safety for New Technology 10:15am–12:15pm
Lunch — Sponsored by The Boeing Company 12 noon–1:30pm
Special Session: Challenges in Electric VTOL 1:30pm–3:00pm
Technical Session E
  • Aircraft Design III/Product Support
  • Avionics & Systems
  • Crew Station II
  • Handling Qualities III
  • Modeling & Simulation III
  • Structures & Materials II
  • Test & Evaluation II
Technical Session E Refreshment Break—Sponsored by ITT Inc. 3:00pm–3:30pm
Special Session: Progress in Electric VTOL 3:30pm–5:30pm

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Updated: March 24, 2010