2021 Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting and Electric VTOL Symposium

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There are 17 video recordings of the plenary and Autonomous VTOL and eVTOL presentations — more than 35 hours of video are available! (VFS members can also download PDFs of the presentations for free from the VFS Vertical Flight Library.)


Please check out our sponsor/exhibitor virtual showcase!

2021 eVTOL Symposium/aVTOL Technical Meeting Program Guide (PDF)

Technical experts from industry, academia and government will speak at the Vertical Flight Society’s 8th Annual Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) Symposium and 9th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting, to be held completely virtually on Jan. 26-28 (in US MST, GMT-7 time zone). The meeting will feature technical papers and presentation related to autonomous VTOL aircraft, while the Symposium will feature invited presentations, panel sessions and discussions on electric and hybrid electric VTOL aircraft, with a focus on urban air mobility.

Registration Rates

All registrations include virtual access to all three days
as well as the Proceedings
Non-Member Member
by Dec. 15 
after Dec. 15
Regular  $400* $250 $300
Speaker / Session Chair / Govt / Military
Presenting author or primary session chair; any national gov’t/military personnel
$325* $175 $225
Student / Retired
Must be a full-time student with ID / Fully-retired and over 60
$250* $75 $150
* non-member rates include a complimentary 1-year membership in VFS.
Note: the Short Course on Electric VTOL Design originally planned to be held in conjunction with the event will now be held online Feb. 9-10. This is an intermediate level course for those who are looking to broaden their understanding of eVTOL.

Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities – NOW CLOSED!


Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting Chairs

  • Dr. Ram Janikiram, The Boeing Company (retired)
  • Dr. Kendra Befort, The Boeing Company
  • Bryan Chu, The Boeing Company

Electric VTOL Symposium Chairs

  • Dan Newman, The Boeing Company
  • Scott Smith, ARINC Industry Acitivities
  • Anna Dietrich, Community Air Mobility Initiative
  • Jim Sherman, The Vertical Flight Society

9th Biennial Autonomous VTOL Technical Meeting

The 21st century has seen a continued emphasis on Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) and greater autonomy and automation for both military and civilian applications. Unmanned aircraft are in varying stages of development all over the world, and continue to expand into the civil and military sectors for a variety of uses. Autonomy is being used to unmanned versions of manned helicopters for dull, dirty and dangerous military cargo missions. In addition, the operator-interface and human factors can be one of the most significant contributions to UAS safety and successful operations. Correspondingly, technologies and regulation are being developed to safely operate UAS, and integrate them into commercial and military airspace.

Meanwhile, automation and various levels of autonomy are being used in modern civil helicopter cockpits, while the military’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) aircraft will need to be optionally-manned or optimally-manned. Autonomy is also a key enabler for new classes of vehicles for civil missions — such as personal air vehicles, urban air mobility and air taxi missions — using electric or hybrid-electric propulsion (eVTOL).

This biennial meeting is an excellent opportunity to learn about and discuss with academic, industry, and military engineers from around the world the latest advancements in manned/unmanned, electric/hybrid/turboshaft-powered, and civil/military autonomous VTOL aircraft technology.

8th Annual eVTOL Symposium

Electric and hybrid-electric propulsion is an exciting new approach to vertical flight aircraft design and the 8th Annual eVTOL Symposium is a unique opportunity for designers, developers, innovators, investors, regulators, infrastructure providers, end users, media and key influencers to share knowledge and work towards realizing the eVTOL revolution. This is also a tremendous networking opportunity for those new to the VTOL industry.

The Vertical Flight Society has been leading efforts in electric VTOL with workshops starting in 2014, and the Electric VTOL News website, featuring the World eVTOL Aircraft Directory.

Technical Program Sponsors: Boeing logo


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BAE Systems
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CarlisleIT Logo

eVTOL.com Logo


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SAE International Logo

Siemens logo (2020)


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D3 Technologies OFRN

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Updated Jan. 27, 2021


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