Capability and Affordability in the Future of the Vertical Lift Industry

September 14-15, 2015
University of Alabama-Huntsville Conference Training Center
Huntsville, Alabama USA

Capability and Affordability in the Future of the Vertical Lift Industry Model 1The central theme of the event is “Managing Conflicting Requirements.” As government and industry budgets are squeezed ever tighter, the customer is demanding greater capability for less money. This event provides a forum for discussions of new tools and processes capable of meeting the future budget challenges in rotorcraft development.

Leading experts from the government, academia, and industry will discuss the affordability challenges ahead of us. With budgets being squeezed, we are seeing the emergence of a new class of military and civil customers demanding greater capability for less cost; i.e. more value. 

This Technical Specialists’ Meeting is a superb chance to present and discuss advances in every area of vertical flight technology  related to the Affordability & Capability. It is incumbent on us, as system engineers, to spearhead the next step in the evolution of our industry by exploring the processes, tools and technologies which maximize value (Capability per $).  We welcome papers in all disciplines discussing the capability enabling cost technologies and/or the system engineering  tools and processes enabling such leaps.

Capability and Affordability in the Future of the Vertical Lift Industry Model 2Current topics of particular interest include but are not limited to:
  • Capability versus affordability
  • Managing cost and schedule risk in a volatile defense budget
  • Technology insertion timeline versus user needs
  • Consideration of safety, reliability, manufacturing and supportability requirements early in the requirement negotiating process 

Download the Systems Engineering 2015 Call for Papers and Presentations here.

Please contact the committee via email or call Debra Curry at (817) 280-1676 or Sue O'Brien at (256) 824-6133.

Preliminary Schedule Summary


Time Monday, 14 September 2015
0900-1300 Registration & Author Check-in
1300-1330 Welcome & Meeting Objectives
1330-1415 Keynote Address - Robert Sheibley
Deputy Project Manager for Improved Turbine Engine -  Future Vertical Lift
1415-1430 Break
1430-1700 Session I - Cost and Value
1700-1830 Social 
  Tuesday, 15 September 2015
0700-1200 Registration & Author Check-in
0800-0815 Welcome
0815-1030 Session II - Conflicting Requirements
1030-1100 SERC Presentation - Dr. Dinesh Verma
Dean and Professor of Systems Engineering
School of Systems and Enterprises
Stevens Institute of Technology
1100-1200 Lunch 
1200-1400 Session III - Integration and Architecture
1410-1415 Break
1415-1445 Keynote Address - Renee Cox 
Chief Engineer, Systems Engineering  Marshall Space Flight Center 
1445-1615 Session IV - Model Based Systems Engineering
1615-1630 Closing Remarks
1630 Adjourn

A detailed Systems Engineering 2015 Final Program is now available!


Please download the Systems Engineering 2015 Author Guide for details on writing your final paper for submission on the Proceedings CD.  You may also want to refer to the AHS Forum 71 Author Guide for more information.  The final paper/presentation submission due date is Sunday, August 30. Speaker forms and Assignment of Copyright are due Wednesday, September 9.


Registration Fees

Full registration fee includes access to all sessions and Exhibit Hall, Proceedings CD, break refreshments, and lunches on Sept. 14 & 15.

Full Registrant – AHS Member (Including Industry/Academia, Speaker & Retired) $180 USD
Full Registrant – Non-AHS Member (Includes 1 year of free AHS membership) $260 USD
Full Registrant – AHS Student Member (Must be a full-time student) $50 USD
Full Registrant – Non-AHS Student Member (Includes 1 year of free AHS Student Membership $75 USD
Government Registrant – Government Employee (Attendance only)* $0 USD
Proceedings (Included in Full Registrant fee) $50 USD
Reception Ticket (Included in Full Registrant fee) $35 USD

*Government attendees must register although there is no fee.  We need to make sure we can accommodate all of the attendees. Government fee does not include Proceedings CD, lunches, or break refreshments. Lunch tickets may be purchased at the door for $10.00.  Break refreshments will be "Pay as you go."

There will be a $25.00 USD cancellation fee for all credit card transactions.

Online Registration is now available!

You can download the Systems Engineering Paper Registration here.

Hotel Accommodations

Please be sure to print a copy of the parking pass which is required to park at the meeting. Download the UAH Parking Pass.

Hotel Accommodations

The host hotel is the Huntsville Marriott at 5 Tranquility Base.  A discounted AHS at $114.00 per night is available here. You can also make your reservations by calling 1-800-228-9290 or 1-256-830-2222. 

You may also choose to stay at the Hampton Inn Huntsville.

You may download a map of the University of Alabama Huntsville to locate the Conference Training Center.

Exhibits and Sponsorships

Are you interested in exhibiting at or sponsoring this event?  Contact Sue O'Brien for more information.


Technical Contacts:

Debra Curry, 1-817-280-1676 or email Debra

Sue O’Brien, 1-256-824-6133 or email Sue


Kay Brackins, 1-703-684-6777 x103 or email Kay

Thank you to our current sponsors!

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Updated July 24, 2015