2021 5th Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure

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5th Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure for UAM

Sept. 20-21, 2021 — Virtual

Lilium Vertiport - image courtesy of FerrovialVFS is hosting its virtual 5th Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) on Sept. 20-21. This two-day meeting is the fifth in a series of solution-focused workshops. 

This fifth semi-annual virtual workshop will focus on infrastructure operations and safety as they relate to eVTOL aircraft capabilities and performance. The workshop sessions will include presentations from key players and experts from the industry.

In the 1st workshop in Sept. 2019, industry representatives and regulators focused on the "defining challenges" of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, identifying key stakeholders and strategies for moving forward. 

The 2nd Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure, held virtually (due to COVID-19) in a series on sponsored webinars in April and May 2020, covered foundational elements needed to support the development of safe, functional and economically viable infrastructure to support UAM applications. 

The 3rd Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure, held virtually (due to COVID-19) in a series was held in September 2020, covered foundational elements needed to support the development of safe, functional and economically viable infrastructure to support UAM applications. A virtual tour of the FAA Technical Center in Atlantic City was also part of the program.  The output of the workshop was captured via audience inputs and used to set the content for the 4th workshop.

The 4th Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure was held virtually in March 2021, addressed policy changes needed to support the development of safe, functional and economically viable infrastructure to support UAM applications. 

Objectives

  • Provide an open forum to stakeholders and interested parties from industry and applicable government and regulatory bodies to discuss Operations & Safety requirements and expectations as they relate to UAM technology and infrastructure.
  • Conduct facilitated discussions regarding key Operational & Safety questions pertaining to UAM infrastructure to better understand potential eVTOL aircraft limitations and aerodynamic deficiencies that must be considered in future infrastructure development.
  • Identify collaborative research and development opportunities necessary for creating safe infrastructure design standards based on aircraft performance criteria.

Deliverables

  • Build upon existing safety data to identify pre-competitive areas where proactive industry collaboration would be valuable in accelerating adoption.
  • Identify collaborative opportunities between industry and government agencies that will benefit the UAM industry.
  • Draft consensus-based strategies to advance infrastructure Operations and Safety at key Federal, State and Local levels.

Organizers

  • Rex Alexander, 5-Alpha
  • Cliff Johnson, FAA
  • Jonathan Daniels, Praxis
  • Rory Feely, US Marine Corps
  • Aaron Johnson, Fire Marshall
  • Ken Swartz, Aeromedia Communications
  • Dr. Jasenka Rakas, UC Berkeley
  • Don Berchoff, TruWeather
  • Sharon Schajnoha, RWDI
  • Jim Sherman, VFS

In order to maximize the educational opportunity and the diversity of attendees, we have set the registration rates very low. 

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  • Federal, state and local government employees: $100 (must verify government employment)
  • Speakers: $100 (you will be provided with a registration code)
  • VFS Members: $200 (must be current)
  • Non-Members: $300 (includes 1 year of VFS membership)

Registration is now open!

Notes: Since this is a working meeting, members of the press are welcome to attend, but attributions made by FAA employees must be reviewed by the FAA Communications team.

Workshop Gold Sponsors: 

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Workshop Silver Sponsors: 

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Workshop Supporters: 

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Contact VFS to become a sponsor!

5th Infrastructure for Urban Air Mobility Workshop
September 20-21, 2021 | GoToWebinar
All times are in EDT (UTC-5)
September 20, 2021
1000 - 1030 Welcome and Introductions
Jim Sherman, Vertical Flight Society
1030 - 1200 Vertiport Automation

 

Moderator: Jonathan Daniels, CEO & Founder, Praxis Aerospace Concepts International
Joseph Block, Crown Consulting
Alice Cummings, Airspace Link
Ray Adams, ULTRA
1200 - 1230

Lunch Break
NIA Accelerator Company presentations
Carole Mattessich, National Institute of Aerospace

aiVia
Dronamics
Envision Innovative Solutions, Inc.
Neural Guard
Owen Bruce
Topologe
Unifly
Write to Heal

1230 - 1400 Aircraft Performance and Vertiport Design

 

Moderator: Rory Feely, US Marine Corps
Terrence McKenna, US Air Force
John Tritschler, US Navy
Torrie Meliska, Wisk
David Webber, FAA
1400 - 1415 Short Break
1415 - 1545 Vertiport Fire Safety

 

Moderator: Aaron Johnson, Fire Marshal & Fire Code Strategist
David Phelan, Davidson Code Concepts
Todd Stevens, IFP
Michael Gorin, NFPA
Jose Brett, DetTronics
1545 - 1600 Short Break
1600 - 1730 Vertiport Weather Safety

 

Moderator: Don Berchoff, CEO, TruWeather Solutions
Andy Thurling, NUAIR Alliance
Colleen Reiche, Quantitative Scientific Solutions
Peter Zaal, NASA Ames Research Center
Dario Milani, DM-AirTech GmbH
September 21, 2021
1000 - 1030 Welcome and Introductions

PS and S

Jim Sherman, Vertical Flight Society
Chuck Clauser, PS&S
1030 - 1200

Heliport Case Studies

 

Moderator: Ken Swartz, Aerocommunications
Jeff Hyman, HHI Heliport, Kearny, NJ
Danny Sitnam, Helijet International Inc.
Patricia Wagner, Atlantic Aviation East 34th Street Heliport, NY (invited)
1200 - 1230 Lunch Break
1230 - 1400 Wildlife Hazard Assessment for UAM

 

Moderator: Dr. Jasenka Rakas, Deputy Director, UC Berkeley National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR)
Richard Dolbeer, APHIS Wildlife Services
Phyllis Miller, APHIS Wildlife Services
John Weller, FAA
1400 - 1415 Short Break
1415 - 1545

Vertiport Airspace, Hazard Mapping & Risk Analysis

 

Moderator: Cliff Johnson, Senior Research And Development Engineer, FAA
Alexia Payan, Georgia Tech.
Jonathan Godfrey, LZControl
Paul Flanigen, University of Michigan
1545 - 1600 Short Break
1600 - 1730

Vertiport Turbulence Modeling

 

Moderator: Sharon Schajnoha, Strategic Director Infrastructure, RWDI
Perry Comeau, National Research Council of Canada
Guy Larose, RWDI
Matthias Steiner, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  

There are limited number of sponsorships available. Fill out this eVTOL Workshop Sponsor Application to apply for a sponsorship

  • Gold Sponsorship (5 max): $2,500 — includes logos/signage, flyer, three complimentary registrations and a 20-minute speaking slot. (Subject to approval and availability.)
  • Silver Sponsorship (5 max): $1,500 — includes logos/signage, flyer, one complimentary registration and a 10-minute speaking slot. (Subject to approval and availability.)
  • Advertiser (10 max): $500 — includes logos/signage. (Subject to approval and availability.)

 

Background

The Vertical Flight Society, founded in 1943 as the American Helicopter Society, is the world's leading professional organization working to advance vertical flight. VFS has been a leading advocate and supporter of what we call "The Electric VTOL Revolution." We held the world's eVTOL technical meeting in 2014 and our 9th Annual eVTOL Symposium will be held in Jan. 2022 in Silicon Valley; we now have 200+ hours of informative and educational videos on electric VTOL. A summary of the work that VFS and its partners have done, along with information on previous events and activities, can be found on this webpage

Questions?

Please contact Jim Sherman for more information. 


Posted June 18, 2021; updated September 15, 2021.