eVTOL Defining Challenges Workshop

Workshop on eVTOL Defining Challenges:
System Safety, Infrastructure and Airspace Management

United States Navy Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC  20004-2608
September 10-12, 2019

Gannett Flemming Skyport conceptThe Vertical Flight Society is hosting its first workshop on the defining challenges of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, planned for Sept. 10-12, 2019, at the US Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. (venue contract pending). The three-day workshop will be dedicated to beginning the process of identifying and developing the foundational standards needed to support this growing eVTOL industry. Importantly, this workshop will review what key organizations are working on and look for gaps and overlaps in developments to realize a successful realization of urban air mobility (UAM). 


The Vertical Flight Society, founded in 1943 as the American Helicopter Society, is the world's leading professional organization working to advance vertical flight. VFS has been a leading advocate and supporter of what we call The Electric VTOL Revolution. We held the world's eVTOL technical meeting in 2014 and our 7th Annual eVTOL Symposium is planned for Jan. 2020 in Silicon Valley; we now have 100+ hours of informative and education videos on electric VTOL. Since 2017, VFS has hosted the newsletter and website, The Electric VTOL News.

Our annual eVTOL Workshops/Symposiums initiated a series of four Transformative Vertical Flight Working Groups, supported by NASA, that are focused on developing an advocacy roadmap needed to generate support for eVTOL/UAM transportation systems, technology, and markets. Those working groups have been successful, and the time has come to look at the defining challenges that must be overcome to achieve the eVTOL Revolution most efficiently. This workshop is the first step towards that goal.


Identify and assemble stake holders from those specific disciplines that will be instrumental in beginning the process of identifying and categorizing obstacles to the VTOL industry for the purpose of developing regulations, codes and standards.

Identify areas within the current system where similarities exist that can be leveraged and begin a gap analysis to identify those areas where new standards, regulations and codes will need to be created.

Identify a core group of individuals to make up ad hoc groups under the Vertical Flight Society’s leadership to continue the development process through follow on committees that will focus on very specific areas of need.  

Areas of Focus

Day 1: Infrastructure

  • How we design / certify airports
  • How we design / certify heliports
  • Why eVTOL infrastructure will be different
  • How to navigate the regulatory environment
  • Sharing best practices 

Day 2: System Safety and Certification

  • How we design / certify GA aircraft
  • How we design / certify helicopters
  • Why the design on eVTOL is different
  • How to navigate the regulatory environment
  • Sharing best practices

Day 3: Airspace Management

  • How we manage airplane traffic
  • How we manage helicopter traffic
  • How we manage UAS traffic
  • Why eVTOL traffic management will be different
  • Sharing best practices


Stakeholders will be drawn from:

  1. Organizations responsible for developing the regulations, codes and standards as well as those who will be responsible for the regulatory oversight of the industry.
  2. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), support equipment developers and suppliers, and infrastructure developers and designers.
  3. Organizations who represent many of the above groups at an association level.
  4. Organizations that are end users or consumers of VTOL operations and products.
  5. Subject matter experts in those areas indetified for discussion.

More details coming soon!

Posted June 10, 2019