2020 Transformative Vertical Flight

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This event typically sells out, so be sure to book well in advance! The Early Bird deadline for discounted registration rates is Dec. 16. In addition, the deadline for booking a hotel at the discounted rate is also Dec. 16. See below!

The Transformative Vertical Flight 2020 meeting will take place Jan. 21-23, 2020 in San Jose, California, with our eVTOL Short Course planned for Monday, Jan. 20 and a tour of NASA Ames on Friday, Jan. 24. A record number of abstracts were submitted for this jam-packed three-day meeting, which includes the following concurrent events:

  • Aeromechanics for Advanced Vertical Flight Technical Meeting
  • International Powered Lift Conference (IPLC) 
  • 7th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium

Aeromechanics for Advanced Vertical Flight will provide a forum on emerging aeromechanics challenges and solution methods for future vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Technical discipline subject matter will encompass advance dynamics, aerodynamics, acoustics and flight mechanics, all of which are strong drivers in the design process. 

IPLC 2020 is the only technical meeting focused on the technologies, promise and progress of powered lift systems, with applications ranging from advanced rotorcraft to jet-borne vertical flight and electric VTOL aircraft. IPLC will focus on three primary topics: advanced rotorcraft, jet-lift concepts and technologies, and recent progress in electric propulsion applications.

7th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium is invited presentations only. Our annual eVTOL Symposium has continued to grown in size and scope, and this year promises to be the largest ever. This event will be an excellent opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest advancements in eVTOL, 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. The Vertical Flight Society has been leading efforts in electric VTOL since 2014 and has a dedicated website on Electric VTOL News.  See the 7th eVTOL Symposium Preliminary Schedule (subject to change).

An all-day Short Course on eVTOL Fundamentals, led by Dr. Anubhav Datta, will be held Monday, Jan. 20 (note: this is also the US federal holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day). The cost of the course is $300 ($175 for current student members of VFS). Download the description and register for this insightful course.

In addition, the VFS San Francisco Bay Area Chapter is organizing a tour of NASA Ames Research Center on Friday, Jan. 24. Space is limited and advance reservations will be required. There is a $25 reservation fee for the tour bus. 

Online registration NOW Open! Or download a 2020 TVF Registration PDF.

Registration Rates (Apply to All Attendees: Industry, Government and Speakers):

TVF: Jan. 21 – Jan. 23 VFS Members Non-Members* VFS Student/Military/
Fully-Retired Members

By Dec. 16

$600 $700 $325

After Dec. 16

$700 $800 $350
*Includes 1-year VFS membership
†Non-members must join first.
Short Course Electric VTOL Design: Monday, January 20th (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Regular Attendee $300
VFS Student Member Attendee†† $175
††Must be an active VFS student member. Join or renew today!

Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities: there are a limited number of exhibit and sponsorship opportunities available:

  • Platinum Sponsorship: $5,000 (1 SOLD – 4 available — includes 5 registrations)
  • Gold Sponsorship: $2,500 (SOLD OUT)
  • Exhibitor: $1,000 (9 SOLD6 available — includes 1 registration)

Download the TVF2020 Sponsorship information sheet and application form to find out more. Contact Jim Sherman for more information. 

Hotel & Venue: all events will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel San Jose. The hotel meeting rate is $239 and the rate is available until Dec. 16, 2019 or until the block sells outbook your room now.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel San Jose 
2050 Gateway Place
San Jose, CA 95110


  • General Meeting Chair: Dr. Colin Theodore, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Aeromechanics for Advanced Vertical Flight Technical Chair: Dr. Mark Fulton, US Army Aviation Development Directorate
  • IPLC Technical Chair: Dr. Michael Yu, Continuum Dynamics, Inc.
  • 7th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium Technical Chair: Mr. Carl Russell, NASA Ames Research Center

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Updated 2019-11-13