Australian Pacific Vertiflite Conference on Helicopter Technology

Melbourne, Australia

8th Australian Pacific Vertiflite Conference on Helicopter Technology

and 3rd Asian-Australian Rotorcraft Forum (ARF)

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC)
Melbourne, Australia
18-19 Dec 2014

 Jointly organized by the AHS Australia and Singapore Chapters

Preliminary Schedule

Thursday 18 December 2014 

Theme: Issues and Challenges of Imported Design Technology



Conference organizers


Conference Briefing – Day 1

Dr Arvind Sinha, Conference Chair


Welcome Address

Mr Mike Hirschberg, Executive Director, AHS International


Opening  Address

RADM Tony Dalton
Head, Helicopters, Tactical UAVs and Guided Weapons, Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO)


Keynote Address 1 - Australian Helicopter Industry

Charles Crocombe, Vice President, Government Helicopters
Airbus Group Australia Pacific

0930-1005 Keynote address 2 - Indigenous Technologies and Capabilities: Benefits and Challenges in the Military Mr. Somen Chowdhury, Aerospace Engineering Consultant, Canada
1005-1025 Morning Tea and Coffee All Conference Attendees


Laying out the Foundations of Safety Management: The Offshore Helicopter Transportation System Model

Felipe Nascimento, Imperial College London, UK (Operations)

1050-1115 Innovative Test Methodology Optimizing for Cost and Time Efficiency: NH90 NFH Helicopter-Ship Qualification Across the Complete Dutch Fleet Alrik Hoencamp, Netherlands Defence Academy (Operations)


Introduction into Service of the New Zealand Air Force NH90 Capability: Challenges and Triumphs

Shaun Johnson, WdCdr, Air Advisor, RNZAF, New Zealand (Operations)


Integration of the MH-60R into the Navy Aviation System Program Office Engineering Management System

Alex Hale, Airframe Systems Engineer, NASPO- HMAS Albatross, Nowra, NSW (Operations)


Military Training in Civil Environment

Capt Mike Becker, Director, Becker Helicopters


Lunch – Stand-Up Working Lunch

All Conference Attendees


Keynote address 3 - Army Aviation - Operations

BRIG Michael Prictor, Commander, 16 Aviation Brigade, Australian Army


Keynote address 4 - Army Aviation Systems - Technologies

BRIG Andrew Mathewson,
Director General Army Aviation Systems, DMO

1430-1450 Afternoon Tea and Coffee All Conference Attendees


Rotorcraft Flight Dynamics and Controls Research at NASA

Colin Theodore, NASA Ames Research Center, USA (Operations)


Recent Advances in Small Engine Technology

Sankar, Prasad and Jagoda, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (Propulsion)


Multidisciplinary design and optimization of conceptual powerplant configurations targeting improved rotorcraft operational performance

Fakhre Ali, Cranfield University, UK. (Propulsion)


Closed-form Solutions for Rotating Cantilever Non-uniform Rayleigh Beams

Korak Sarkar, Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (Structures and Materials)


Silane Coating for the Corrosion Protection of a Magnesium Alloy, ZE41

P. Chakraborty Banerjee1, Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University (Structures and Materials)


Cross Sectional Analysis of Thick Tapered Composite Beam with Resin Rich Regions Using Variational Asymptotic Method

T V Megha and Professor Dineshkumar Harursampath, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India (Structures and Materials)


Conference Technology Presentation (Project Zero), Banquet & Awards

Mr James Wang, Vice President Research & Technology, AgustaWestland, Italy

Dr. Arvind Sinha, AHS President Australian Chapter


Friday 19 December 2014

Theme: Issues and Challenges of Imported Design Technology



Conference organizers


Conference Briefing – Day 2

Dr Arvind Sinha, Conference Chair


Keynote Address 5 - Naval Aviation - Operations

CDRE Vince Di Pietro, Commander Fleet Air Arm, Royal Australian Navy

0900-0930 Effects of the Ship Air-wake on Helicopter Controls during Recovery Operations Robert Toffoletto, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Melbourne, Australia (Aerodynamics)


Verification of the Prediction Accuracy of Rotor Performance by rFlow3D

Hideaki Sugawara and Yasutada Tanabe, Ryoyu Systems, JAXA, Japan (Aerodynamics)

100-1025 Morning Tea and Coffee All Conference Attendees


Prediction of Wake Structure and Induced Velocity of a Helicopter Rotor in the Vortex Ring State using a Vortex Particle Method

Se Hwan Park and D J Lee, Division of Aerospace Engineering, KAIST, Korea (Aerodynamics)


Metamodeling Heliplane Take Off Trajectories for Aeroacoustic Analysis

J.V.R. Prasad and G. Jeram, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. (Aerodynamics)


Numerical Analysis of the Downwash Caused by a Helicopter Rotor in Ground Effect

Yasutada Tanabe, Masahiko Sugiura, and Hideaki Sugawara, JAXA, Japan (Aerodynamics)


Numerical Simulations of Ice Accretion Based On a Physics-Based Methodology

Jeewoong Kim, Lakshmi Sankar Georgia Institute of Technology, USA and Richard E Kreeger, NASA Glenn Research Centre, USA (Aerodynamics)


BVI Noise Control Based on Pressure Signals on Blade

Yasutada Tanabe, Masahiko Sugiura, Noboru Kobiki and Takashi Aoyama, JAXA, Japan (Aerodynamics)


Lunch – Stand-Up Working Lunch

All Conference Attendees


Keynote Address 6 – Naval Aviation Systems - Technologies

CDRE Colin Lawrence, Director General Navy Aviation Systems, DMO


An Online Identification Method with Improved Robustness for Helicopter Flight Control System Design

Wu Wei, College of Aerospace Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China (Operations)


Study of aerodynamic shape of a helicopter rotor blade shape in hover using multi fidelity optimization method

Shigeru Takeda ,Masahiko Sugiura and Yasutada Tanabe, University of Tokyo, Japan (Design)

1450-1515 Afternoon Tea and Coffee All Conference Attendees


Design and Performance Evaluation for Active Tab Design Mechanism for Mach Scaled Model Blade

Presented by Yasutada Tanabe for Noboru Kobiki, JAXA, Japan (Design)


Tiltrotor UAV Development in Korea and More Efforts to Enhance Performance

Youngshin Kang, Korea Aerospace Research Institute, Daejeon, Korea (Aerodynamics)


A Study on Aerodynamic-Dynamic Characteristics of Helicopter during Maneuver Flight

Yeon Bok Chu and Duck Joo Lee, Division of Aerospace Engineering , KAIST, Korea (Aerodynamics)


AHS International Regional Meeting        

By Invitation 


ARF Executive Committee Meeting 

By Invitation 


Conference Closing Ceremony 

President Australia & Singapore Chapter
and ARF Executive Committee 

Registration Fees (All fees are in USD):

AUD fees are approximate depending on the daily conversion rate.

Full Registrant
General Attendee
Government Employee
Fully Retired and Student 

AHS Member
$900 (AUD $1066)
$850 (AUD $1007)
$800 (AUD $945) 

Non-AHS Member
$1100 (AUD $1302)
$930 (AUD $1101)
$875 (AUD $1036) 

Group booking cannot be done online.  Please use the paper registration form below. 

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Paper registration Form

Visa Requirements:

Please see below for visa requirements to enter Australia.  All attendess except for Australians or New Zelanders will require an electronic visa.

Visa Factsheet

Visa Application Requirements

The dress code for the conference will be the conference polo with shorts, trousers or skirts.  Please no suits and ties. Be sure to choose your size on the registration form.

Important Dates:

  • May 15, 2014: Abstracts Due
  • June 2, 2014: Acknowledgement of Acceptance of Paper
  • September 1, 2014: Full Conference Paper Submission
  • October 10, 2014: Comments and Feedback on Technical Papers by Reviewers
  • October 31, 2014: Final Paper Submission
  • November 17, 2014: PowerPoint Slides Submission

About the Venue: Voted multiple times as the world’s most liveable city, Melbourne (the capital of the State of Victoria) is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with a seaside setting on Port Phillip Bay offering the very best in major events and festivals, shopping, nightlife, food and wine and unique experiences. 

Important Travel Info:
Hotel Accommodations at Headquarters Hotel:
Hilton Melbourne South Wharf Hotel
2 Convention Ctr Place South Wharf
Australia 3006
Tel: +61-3-9027-2000
Fax: +61-3-9027-2001

Set in the heart of South Wharf, Melbourne's newest business and dining precinct, the stylish Hilton Melbourne South Wharf hotel is located just 12.4 miles/20 km from the airport and conveniently close to the cosmopolitan city center. Situated on the edge of Melbourne city's CBD, on the South Bank of the beautiful Yarra River, the hotel offers easy access to the Docklands, Southbank dining precinct and Etihad Stadium. 

As the only hotel with direct access to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center, guests are able to walk directly to MCEC's modern conference and event facilities from within the hotel. With onsite event spaces suitable for social function from 10 to 5000, and a unique partnership with MCEC offering 52 meeting rooms for up to 480, the hotel offers the ultimate venue.
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  • Dr Arvind Sinha, Chair
  • Mr Robert Hood, Program Chair
  • Mrs Shaifalee Sinha, Administration Chair 
  • Mr Trent Hollier, Event Manager 

Asian Australian Rotorcraft Forum Executive Committee

  • Dr Arvind Sinha - Australia
  • Prof Pinqi Xia - China
  • Dr Yasutada Tanabe - Japan
  • Dr Duck-Joo Lee - South Korea
  • Dr Ranjan Ganguli - India