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

The Aeromechanics for Advanced Vertical Flight technical meeting 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.

Download the Call for papers for information on submitting abstracts for either the Aeromechanics meeting or IPLC. The abstract deadline has been extended to August 19, 2019!

Our annual eVTOL Symposium has grown in size and scope every year, and the 7th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium 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 is planned for Monday, Jan. 20 (note: this is also the US federal holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day).


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

Hotel & Venue: all events will take place at the Doubletree in San Jose – hotel discount rates and links coming soon.

Doubletree by Hilton San Jose 
2050 Gatway Place 
San Jose, CA 95110

Updated 2019-07-17