2023 Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting and Electric VTOL Symposium

Autonomous 2023

Be a part of the 10th Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting and 10th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium, sponsored by the VFS Arizona Chapter and taking place Jan. 24-26, 2023, in Mesa, Arizona. This event builds on the highly successful 9th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting in 2021 and the 9th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium in 2022. This event always sells out, so plan today to be part of this important event. The meeting will feature opening keynote addresses by leaders in autonomy and electric VTOL, including:

Submit your technical paper abstract by the Oct. 7 deadlinePapers are invited in the areas of autonomy-enabled VTOL aircraft systems and control station design. This includes civilian and military platforms of all sizes, ranging from micro vehicles (MAVs) through full-scale manned aircraft and the full range autonomy and associated enabling technologies, including fully autonomous, ground-controlled, and optionally uncrewed vehicles, with combustion or electric power systems. Papers addressing all aspects of operator interface design, including both the air vehicle and operator control stations are also invited. Read the Call for Papers for full details.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
  • Vehicle design, including configuration design, gust stability and response, fault tolerant control systems, low Reynolds number aerodynamics, active flow control, self-repairing structures, and simulation and testing of vehicle design. Including MAV, small and large uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS), human-rated on-demand electric VTOL, and multiple-passenger or troop-carrying transport air vehicles.
  • Enabling systems design, including interoperability, net-centric operations (NCO), and sensor systems.
  • Enabling automation / artificial intelligence, including innovative AI algorithms, deep learning,cognition and context recognition, with or without big data.
  • Advanced electric-propulsion including innovative fuel cells, advanced/beyond Li-ion batteries, hybrid-electric or alternative multi-fuel power systems for greater range and payload.
  • Improved human-system integration (HSI) and workload reduction for vehicle and control stationoperator interfaces.
  • Simulation and testing of vehicle design, autonomous behaviors, and HSI.
  • Regulatory solutions addressing the safe operational integration of autonomous VTOL vehicles international and military airspace, including certification and compliance using consensus standards.
Abstracts must be submitted no later than Oct. 7, 2022 to meetings@az.vtol.org. Abstracts should be:
  • Limited to 1,000 words
  • Present the status of work and the background data to be used, summarize figures and illustrations to be used (with samples)
  • Include a summary of important conclusions with a statement as to whether similar results have been (or may be) presented or published elsewhere
  • The abstract should be sufficient to enable the reviewer to determine the quality, scope, significance, and current completion status of the information that will be submitted in the final paper
  • Priority will be given to papers in which significant results and conclusions will be provided and in which future research and development are clearly defined

Technical Chair: Bryan Chu, The Boeing Co.; email meetings@az.vtol.org or call +1-480-823-9768.

Completed Papers: Authors will be notified of final selection by Oct. 31, 2022 and final papers will be due Jan. 16, 2023. Format for the papers will be sent with the notification of selection. No paper will be scheduled for presentation if a written paper has not been received by the deadline and it is the author’s responsibility to obtain all necessary clearances and releases.

10th Annual Electric VTOL Annual Symposium: held in parallel with the Automous VTOL Technical meeting, the eVTOL Symposium will feature invited presentations, panel sessions and discussions by leaders in this exciting field. This event is an excellent opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest advancements in electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, and the challenges that still remain. Invited presentations from all areas of eVTOL will be discussed, from researchers and leaders in academia, industry and government agencies from around the globe, and cover all-electric, hybrid-electric and hydrogen-electric propulsion systems.

This is a unique opportunity for designers, developers, innovators, investors, regulators, infrastructure providers, end users, media and key influencers to share knowledge and work towards realizing the eVTOL revolution. This is also a tremendous networking opportunity for those new to the VTOL industry. 

The Vertical Flight Society has been leading efforts in eVTOL since 2013, with nearly a decade of eVTOL Symposiums, the Electric VTOL News website, featuring the World eVTOL Aircraft Directory, and the fortnightly eVTOL Newsletter

Updated Sept. 22, 2022

Be part of this signature event!


Platinum Sponsors:

Toray Advanced Composites logo

Gold Sponsors:

Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities:

  • Platinum Sponsorship: $5,000 

  • Gold Sponsorship: $3,000

  • Exhibitor: $2,000

  • Advertiser: $500

Please refer to the meeting sponsorship/exhibit application for details.

Exhibitors: The exhibits consist of 8'x'4' tabletops and are part of the meeting venue and registration — there are no visitor or exhibit passes.

Current Exhibitors: 

  • Carlisle Interconnect
  • Intercomp
  • Survice Engineering
  • Toray Group

Hotel & VenueAll events will take place at the Sheraton Hotel at Wrigleyville West in Mesa, Arizona, USA

The hotel meeting rate is $199 book your room today!

Sheraton at Wrigleyville West
860 North Riverview
Mesa, Arizona 85201

The annual Short Course in eVTOL Design will be held at the hotel on Monday, Jan. 23. Taught by Dr. James Wang, this 1-day short course will be similar to past years' courses.

In addition, a special Air Taxi Showcase is planned for display at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) on the morning of Friday, Jan. 27. Details coming soon!