2022 Transformative Vertical Flight

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TVF 2022 was a great event with more than 375 in-person/hybrid attendees plus 200 virtual-only registrants.  Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make this a watershed event!

The Aeromechanics technical papers and eVTOL presentations are now available to all registrants — check your email for the download information. In addition, both the aeromechanics papers and eVTOL presentations have been added to our Vertical Flight Library for purchase by non-attendees. The video recordings are now available for all registrants and will be available for sale soon. Check out our extensive photo gallery and other updates.

Final Agenda

Note: TVF2022 is a hybrid event. All three in-person tracks will be broadcast virtually for registrants who participate remotely. In-Person registration now SOLD OUT (as of 1/20/2022) – virtual attendance still available!

All attendees will receive access to downloadable technical paper Proceedings from the Aeromechanics Advanced Vertical Flight meeting AND the eVTOL symposium presentations AFTER the meeting. Attendees will receive an email with instructions on how to access this content.

In-Person attendees (now SOLD OUT) can pick up badges at the registration desk located in the Gateway foyer from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. You must have a badge to enter. Please download the agenda for all meeting information including registration hours.
All in-person attendees should:
• Follow CDC guidance and be fully vaccinated before arrival
• Keep your hands clean and not shake hands
• Maintain social distancing guidelines — meeting rooms will be set up for distance seating
All attendees will be required to wear a mask except while actively eating or drinking

Virtual attendees can access the live presentations by logging in to this page. You should have received an email communication with the link and these instructions to access the live virtual sessions:
Sessions are live and taking place in US Pacific Time (UTC-8) – download the full agenda above [Time Zone Converter]
• You must be registered in order to gain access and logged into your My VFS account (top right)
• Your login is defaulted to your profile email address unless you've changed it. Please click here to reset your password.
Once logged into your My VFS account, the event password for all sessions is TVF2022

The Transformative Vertical Flight 2022 meeting will take place Jan. 25-27, 2022 in San Jose, California, with an "air taxi" aircraft display (SOLD OUT) on Friday, Jan. 28. The jam-packed meeting includes the following events:

Aeromechanics for Advanced Vertical Flight provides a forum for technical paper presentations on emerging aeromechanics challenges and solution methods for future vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, encompassing dynamics, aerodynamics, acoustics and flight mechanics.

  • Acoustics, dynamics and handling qualities
  • Advanced high-speed rotorcraft
  • Rotor design, optimization and testing
  • Flow control
  • Fast CFD simulations, wakes and airfoils
  • Modeling of propulsion systems
Mars Helicopters
  • Aeromechanics
  • CFD analysis
  • Mars exploration
  • Rotor optimization
Electric VTOL
  • Design, Analysis, and Multi-fidelity Modeling
  • Batteries and Electric Propulsion Concepts
  • Flight Dynamics and Handling Qualities
Urban Air Mobility
  • Weather Solutions for Urban Operations
  • Comprehensive and Aeromechanics Analysis
  • Handling Qualities
  • Conceptual Design

9th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium includes invited presentations from leaders in this exciting field. This event is 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.

Air Taxi Aircraft Displays ($45) SOLD OUT: A special event will be held at the Hiller Aviation Museum at the San Carlos Airport on the morning (8:00 am – 12:00 pm) of Friday, Jan. 28. Buses will be shuttling attendees between the Doubletree Hotel and the Hiller Museum starting at 7:30  am. The last bus will depart from the museum at 1:00 pm. (There is no virtual component for this event.) The event is open to the public from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. 

In addition to the vertical flight exhibits in the museum, VFS has arranged for the following displays of eVTOL aircraft and models:

  1. Kitty Hawk Heaviside
  2. Elroy Air Chaparral
  3. Tier 1 eR44
  4. Jaunt Journey (scale model)
  5. Transcend Air Vy 400 (scale model)
  6. Aska cockpit display
  7. Airbus A³ Vahana (permanent display)
  8. Kitty Hawk Flyer (permanent display)
  9. Opener Blackfly (permanent display)

Short Course on Electric VTOL Design will be held online only on Tuesday, Feb. 8 and Wed., Feb 9 in two half-day sessions. The cost of the course is US$400 ($100 for full-time students). Short course attendees will receive an email communication and link to download course materials before the short course begins. Learn more!

Registration Rates: If you're unable to register online, submit the completed registration form to VFS HQ. Note that the rates are the same whether attending in person or virtually. 

TVF2022: Tues. Jan. 25 – Thurs. Jan. 27 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Rates: Regular Speaker VFS Student/Military/
Fully-Retired Members
VFS Member $700 $600 $325
Non-Member $800 $700 not available
Online Short Course on Electric VTOL: Feb. 8–9, 10 am–2 pm EST
Rates: Regular Non-member Student




Hiller Aviation Museum Tour: Friday, Jan. 28 (8:00 am–1:00 pm)
Rate: $45 (SOLD OUT)

†Includes 1-year VFS membership
‡Non-members must join first for this rate.


Note: All registration cancellations will incur a $50 processing fee. 


  • TVF2022 General Meeting Chair: Dr. Colin Theodore, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Aeromechanics for Advanced Vertical Flight Technical Chair: Dr. Buvana Jayaraman, DEVCOM Aviation & Missile Center (AvMC)
  • 9th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium Technical Chair: Mr. Carl Russell, NASA Ames Research Center
  • TVF2022 Administrative Chair: Ms. Meridith Segall

Updated 2022-01-16


Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities:

  • Platinum Sponsorship: $5,000 (SOLD OUT)
  • Gold Sponsorship: $3,000 (SOLD OUT)
  • Exhibitor: $1,500 (SOLD OUT)
  • Advertiser: $500 (SOLD OUT)

Exhibitors: Download the Exhibit Floor Plan The exhibits consist of 8'x'4' tabletops and are part of the TVF meeting venue and registration — there are no visitor or exhibit passes.

Hotel & Venue

All events will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel San Jose

The hotel meeting rate is $249 through Jan. 14  — book your room today!

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel San Jose
2050 Gateway Place
San Jose, CA 95110
Doubletree San Jose Floor Plan (PDF)

COVID-19 information: This meeting is being held in-person at the Doubletree San Jose hotel (see above).

All attendees should follow CDC guidance and be fully vaccinated before arrival. Please be sure to keep your hands clean and not shake hands, and maintain social distancing guidelines — meeting rooms will be set up for distance seating. All attendees will be required to wear a mask except while actively eating or drinking.

In addition, the meeting will comply with all federal, state and local requirements for indoor gatherings. Note that your attendance at this meeting in-person indicates your agreement that you will comply with all policies and that VFS holds no responsibility for anyone who is infected by COVID or any other disease.


2022 Transformative Vertical Flight paper Uploader

Did you attend the 2022 Transformative Vertical Flight meeting? Please enter the event passcode to view the papers.

paper uploads for this meeting closed on Jan 24, 2022 5:00:00 PM. Please contact Julie M. Gibbs, event registrar, if you have any questions.