2023 Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting and Electric VTOL Symposium

Autonomous 2023

The 10th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting & 10th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium was another record-breaking success, selling out with 525 total registrants! Thank you to everyone who attended and made it such an incredible event, especially our speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and AZ Chapter volunteers! We hope to see you again at an upcoming event: www.vtol.org/events

  • Now available for download by attendees, the Autonomous technical written papers, and the Plenary and eVTOL presentation PDFs. Go to the 2023 Autonomous / Electric VTOL meeting event's Hover community.
  • If you did not attend the meeting, you can purchase the individual technical paper PDFs and invited presentation PDFs. Corporate members can access all 15,000+ PDFs in the VFS Technical Library for free!
  • Download the Meeting Agenda (pdf).
  • Attendees can connect with other meeting participants via the meeting Hover communityVFS does not publish or share attendee lists.
  • Video recordings for have now all been posted for attendees! 
  • eVTOL Design Short Course
    • Attendees were sent instructions on how to download the presentation slides on Feb. 10 and how to access the video recording on Feb. 13. 
    • If you did not attend the short course, you can purchase video-on-demand access to 8 hours of lecture! 
  • Photos of speakers and the event will also be made available, but you can check out pictures all the plenary and eVTOL speakers, plus the Honeywell tour and other photos, on Twitter at #eVTOL2023

Plan to attend the Transformative Vertical Flight 2024 meeting, which will be held on Feb. 6-8, 2024 in Santa Clara, California!

Don't miss your chance to be a part of the 10th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting & 10th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium, sponsored by the VFS Arizona Chapter and taking place Jan. 24-26, 2023, in Mesa, Arizona — and online! 

Registration & Meeting Facts
  • In-person attendance is CLOSED (as of Jan. 17) due to venue capacity limits. The meeting is a hybrid event, with unlimited virtual attendance available.
  • Download the Meeting Agenda (pdf).
  • Attendees have access to ALL sessions and presentations offered from Tues. Jan. 24 through Thurs. Jan. 26 beginning with the Plenary Session on Tuesday, the Autonomous technical sessions or eVTOL presentations (Wed.-Thurs), including invited speaker presentations.
  • All speakers must present in-person.
  • There is NO in-person onsite registration available.
  • The attire is business casual for in-person attendance.
  • Virtual attendees will receive an email with the conference information prior to the meeting.
  • The meeting takes place in US Mountain Standard Time (GMT-7 hours) time zone – refer to Time & Date.
  • All presentations will be recorded. By attending this event, you give consent that your image can be captured on video or in photographs. 
  • ALL attendees will receive links to the online Proceedings and recorded presentations AFTER the meeting.
  • Details on the Short Course and the AAM Showcase tour of Honeywell Aeropace are provided below. 
Program/Agenda Information

The meeting will feature opening keynote addresses by leaders in autonomy and electric VTOL:

The Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting includes 20+ technical papers, plus an additional half-dozen invited VIP speakers from industry and academia.

The eVTOL Symposium features 60+ invited VIP speakers. Confirmed speakers include executives from Archer, AutoFlight, Dufour, Elroy Air, HYSKY, Jaunt, Joby, LIFT Aircraft, Opener, Piasecki, Rotor X, SkyDrive, Talyn Air, as well as additional leaders from the FAA, NASA, the Army AvMC, Air Force Agility Prime, and many suppliers!

Updated: Download the Meeting Agenda (pdf). Also available are the Schedule Overview (pdf) and eVTOL & Plenary Agenda (pdf).

Autonomous / Electric VTOL schedule overview (jpg)

10th Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting: Final papers are due Jan. 16, 2023 and authors should use the paper template provided to them. 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. Read the Call for Papers for details.

Autonomous VTOL sessions:

  • Invited Sessions: Titans of Autonomy
  • Paper Session 1: Guidance, Navigation & Control
  • Paper Session 2: Modeling and Simulation
  • Paper Session 3: Configuration Design
  • Paper Session 4: Operations

Technical Chair: Bryan Chu, The Boeing Co.

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

Short Course

The Short Course in eVTOL Design will be held at the hotel on Monday, Jan. 23. Taught by Dr. James Wang, this annual 1-day short course is always a big hit and fills up quickly!


Honeywell Tour

Honeywell-hangar-PHX.pngIn addition, a special Flight Ops Showcase tour of Honeywell Aerospace's Flight Test Operations will be given at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) on the morning of Friday, Jan. 27. The event will showcase Honeywell's Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) technologies and include tours of the company's flight test aircraft.

Registration is closed; registrants should check their email for travel info and instructions to get through security.

Registration: registration rates listed below. If you are unable to register online, please submit the completed registration form (PDF) to VFS HQ.

VFS Member Regular Attendee $750 (before 12/15/2022) / $850 (after 12/15/2022)
VFS Member Speaker/Gov't./Military/Virtual
$600 (before 12/15/2022) / $700 (after 12/15/2022)
Non-Member Regular Attendee
$950 (includes 1-year VFS membership)
Non-Member Speaker/Gov't./Military/Virtual
$800 (includes 1-year VFS membership)
Student/Retired: must be a VFS Member
$325 (before 12/15/2022) / $375 (after 12/15/2022)

Updated Feb. 14, 2023

Be a part of this signature event!

Sponsorship & Exhibit Options:
  • Platinum Sponsorship: $5,000 SOLD OUT

  • Gold Sponsorship: $3,000 SOLD OUT
  • Exhibitor: $2,000 SOLD OUT

  • Advertiser: $500 SOLD OUT

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. No exhibit spaces remain due to the constraints of the venue.

Hotel & VenueAll events will take place at the Sheraton Hotel at Wrigleyville West in Mesa, Arizona, USA.
Update 1/12/2023: Sheraton rooms have all SOLD OUT!

Note: hotel guest room cancellation requires a minimum of 48-hour notice.

Sheraton at Wrigleyville West
860 North Riverview
Mesa, Arizona 85201


2023 Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting and Electric VTOL Symposium paper Uploader

paper uploads for this meeting closed on Jan 18, 2023 11:59:00 PM. Please contact Julie M. Gibbs, event registrar, if you have any questions.