2020 Transformative Vertical Flight

NASA RVLT UAM over Atlanta (resized jpg)

The Transformative Vertical Flight 2020 meeting will take place Jan. 21-23, 2020 in San Jose, California. This three-day meeting 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. Abstract deadline Aug. 19.

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. Abstract deadline Aug. 19.

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.

An all-day Short Course on eVTOL Fundamentals, taught by Dr. Anubhav Datta, is planned for Monday, Jan. 20 (note: this is also the US federal holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day).

Online registration coming soon!
Registration Rates (Apply to All Attendees: Industry, Government and Speakers):

TVF: Tues. Jan. 21 – Thurs. Jan. 23 VFS Members* Non-Members VFS Student/Military/Fully-Retired Members**
Early-Bird (by Dec. 16, 2019) $600 $700 $325
Regular (after Dec. 16, 2019) $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 active VFS student members. Join or renew today!


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

  • Platinum Sponsorship: $5,000 (5 available — includes 5 registrations)
  • Gold Sponsorship — $2,500 (5 available — includes 2 registrations)
  • Exhibitor — $1,000 (15 available — includes 1 registration)

Download the TVF2020 Sponsorship information sheet and application form to find out more. 

Hotel & Venue: all events will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel San Jose. The hotel meeting rate is $239 — book 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

Updated 2019-09-16

2020 Transformative Vertical Flight paper

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