2015 Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop

AHS International - AIAA - NASA 

Transformative Vertical Flight Concepts: Second Annual Joint Workshop on Enabling New Flight Concepts through Novel Propulsion and Energy Architectures
The 2nd Workshop was another great success! 
Most briefings and webcast videos are available, as well as the workshop proceedings.
We also have the slides for the 1st Workshop
Get involved in the Transformative VTOL Concepts Initiative!
Contact Michael Duffy, AHS Transformative POC.

Monday, August 3 (12:30 pm) to Tuesday, August 4 (6 pm)

Optional Tour of NASA Ames Research Center:
Monday, August 3 (8:00 am - 11:00 am)
(Please note: registration for the NASA Ames tour is also closed.)

Optional AHS Chapter Dinner Meeting:
Dan Newman, Boeing
Monday, August 3rd (6 pm – 8:00 pm)

Optional Tour of Hiller Aviation Museum:
Wednesday, August 5 (10:00 am - 2:00 pm)


NASA Ames Research Center
Conference Center (Building 152, Room 171)
Moffett Federal Airfield, California 94035 USA


American Helicopter Society International (AHS
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Stay tuned for information about plans for 2016!

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Objective: Engage industry, academia, and government agencies in developing a preliminary road map that will aid in the advocacy and pursuit of emerging technologies and approaches, such as electric/hybrid power and distributed propulsion, that offer the potential to fundamentally transform Vertiport capable flight configuration designs and operational concepts. As these new configuration types cannot be modeled adequately by conventional analytical tools modeling, and do not inherently fit into the existing rotorcraft certification framework (Part 27), they require new conceptual design tools and regulations able to capture the fundamental differences in approach. This workshop will bring together interested parties to establish a foundation from which investment can fill the gaps to achieve successful new aviation products.

Workshop Approach: Combine the mutual interests of technical organizations, government laboratories (NASA, DARPA) and industry to collaboratively explore and exploit the potential for new opportunities for Vertiport capable flight. The workshop is focused on achieving participation from all stakeholders, including new and small companies aggressively focused on this topic, as well as mature aerospace companies for whom this could enhance or augment their conventional Vertiport capable flight products.

Desired Outcomes:
1. Establish and document common stakeholder needs, areas of collaboration, and advocacy to establish methods to encourage the future success of unconventional Vertiport capable flight concept solutions that are newly enabled by technologies.
2. Assemble a community to collaborate on new conceptual design and analysis tools that permit new configuration paths with far greater multi-disciplinary coupling (i.e. aero- propulsive-control) to be investigated.
3. Establish a community to develop and deploy regulatory guidelines with potential formation of an ASTM F44 Committee Subgroup for the development of consensus-based certification standards for General Aviation scale Vertiport capable flight systems that provides fixed wing approaches that don't fit within existing FAA Part 27 certification.
4. Launch an information campaign to ensure key U.S. Government agencies understand the potential benefit and industry interest in establishing new Vertiport capable flight markets.


Schedule (Downloadable Schedule - Final)


August 3rd Morning (8:00 am - 11:00 am)

Optional Guided Tour: NASA Ames Research Center
Reservation required -- contact Michael Tsairides (Please note: registration for the NASA Ames tour is also closed.)

August 3rd Afternoon (11:30 am - 6:00 pm)

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Sign in / Open Discussion (Sandwiches and soft drinks provided to those who paid)

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm: Welcome – Tom Edwards, Deputy Center Director

12:45 pm - 1:15 pm: Workshop Roadmap Strategy
for Transformative Vertiport Capable Flight

- Workshop objectives, format, process and outcome expectations by Michael Dudley, NASA Ames

1:15 pm - 3:30 pm: Advanced Vertiport Capable Flight Concepts (moderated by Michael Duffy)

- Simulation of Electric Aircraft Components – Korbinian Petermaier, Siemens Technology
- Analysis and Full Scale Testing of Joby S4 Propulsion System – Alex Stoll, Joby Aviation
- Flight Test of NASA GL-10 Distributed Electric Propulsion UAV – Bill Fredericks, NASA Langley
- Full-Scale Test of LEAPTech Wing – Andy Gibson – ES Aero
- LIFT! – Modular, Electric Vertical Lift – Michael Duffy, The Boeing Company

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm: Afternoon Break (Soft Drinks and Snacks)

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm Advanced Batteries Progress – Aron Newman, ARPA-E

3:45 pm - 5:45 pm: Business and Market Opportunities (moderated by Mark Moore)
- Existing VTOL Operators Needs Perspective, Mark Moore, NASA Langley
- Market Drivers for Civil Vertical Lift – Rich Ouellette, The Boeing Company
- Silicon Valley Early Adopter CONOPS and Market Study – Kevin Antcliff, NASA Langley

5:45 pm - 6:00 pm: First Day Wrap up (Michael Duffy, The Boeing Company)

7:00 pm: Optional AHS Dinner Meeting - Michael's at Shoreline - Speaker: Dan Newman, Boeing
(Cost ~$35 for non-members. $30 for AHS members not included in food service fee.)

August 4th Morning (7:30 am - 12:00 pm)

7:30 am - 8:00 am: Continental breakfast and networking

8:00 am - 10:30 am: Electric Propulsion & Electric Energy Storage Technologies (Moderated by JoeBen Bevirt)
- Michael Sinkula, Envia Systems
- Josh Buettner-Garrett, Solid Power
- Launchpoint 1 kW and 40 kW Hybrid-Electric Range Extender, Mike Ricci, LaunchPoint Technologies
- Metis 30 kW Turbine-Alternator Hybrid-Electric Range Extender – Rory Keogh, Metis
- SwissTurbine 7 kW and 75 kW Hybrid-Electric Turbine-Alternator Range Extender - Tim Moser, SwissTurbine
- Heavy-Fuel SOFC Fuel Cell – Nick Borer, NASA Langley

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10:30 am - 10:45 am: Morning Break (Drinks and Snacks)

10:45 am – 11:15 am: Advances in Distributed Propulsor Acoustic Modeling - Steve Rizzi, NASA Langley

11:15 am - 12:00 pm: Road Mapping Example for On-Demand Mobility - Ken Goodrich, NASA Langley

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch (Provided to those who pay the food charge)
Lunch Presentation: GoFlyUp HeroX $2 Million Personal VTOL Prize – Gwen Lighter, Lighter Group

August 4th Afternoon (1:00 - 5:30 pm)
1:00 pm - 1:15 pm: Breakout Sessions' Instructions (Michael Dudley)

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm: Participant Perspectives (Rotating Breakout Sessions)
Three @ 25 minutes each, with group rotations / Progressive chart build-up with moderation
- Missions/Operational Concepts – Moderator: Mark Moore, NASA
- Prioritized Technical Challenges – Moderator: Brian German, Georgia Tech and Ken Goodrich, NASA
- Regulatory Roadmap – Moderator: Tom Gunnarson, Zee.Aero

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Afternoon Break (Soft Drinks and Snacks)
Moderators prepare breakout topic summary reports

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Draft Preliminary Roadmap Skeletal Framework (Combined Working Group)
Moderator: Mike Dudley
- The three Breakout Session Moderators report their topic summaries
- What is the common vision? How do they come together? What needs to change?

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Wrap-up / Where do We Have Consensus?

Closing Panel Discussion: Where Do We Go From Here?

7:00 pm: Meet for Dinner (Arranged No Host - not included in registration fee)

August 5 Morning (10:00 am - 2:00 pm)
Optional Tour: Hiller Aviation Museum
Reservations Required

Logistical Details:

Public Transportation: The NASA Ames Research Center Conference Facility is located on the Moffett Federal Airfield in Santa Clara (Silicon) Valley, California.
NASA Ames is situated on U.S. Highway 101 ten miles north of San Jose International Airport and twenty-five miles south of San Francisco International Airport.
Access to Ames is through the Moffett Blvd. Main Gate and requires government issued identification (Drivers License, Passport, or federal agency ID).

Foreign nationals without permanent residence status must register at least 40 days prior to the workshop.
(Sorry -- no more non-residents can be accommodated, as this deadline has now passed)

Parking: Free parking is available adjacent to the conference facility. Maps for parking will be sent to individual emails.

Lodging: NASA Ames is located close to several lodging facilities. (Hotels)

Security information:

US Persons (citizens and Green Card holders): government issued identification documents must comply with the REAL ID Act of 2005, Phase Two.
Not all US state driver's licenses comply.
Non-US Persons must register no later than 40 days in advance and submit the NASA Ames International Visitor Form
(Sorry -- no more non-residents can be accommodated, due to the nearness of the event)

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Technical Chair: Mike Duffy, Boeing

Administrative Chair: Mike Dudley, NASA

Society Sponsor: Mike Hirschberg, AHS International

Organizing Organizations:

This workshop is presented by:

  • American Helicopter Society International (AHS
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

With support from the following committees:

  • AHS Advanced Vertical Flight Technical Committee
  • AIAA V/STOL Aircraft Systems Technical Committee
  • AIAA Transformational Flight Program Committee
  • SAE Power Systems, Propulsion, Electric Powertrain and Energy Storage Committees
  • ASTM F44 Committee on General Aviation Aircraft