Forum 69 Abstracts Due

The AHS 69th Annual Forum & Technology Display will take place May 21-23, 2013 at the Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona. The theme of next year’s conference is “Advancing Vertical Flight Technology in Demanding Environments.” See the Call for Papers

The Forum is a superb chance to present and discuss advances in every area of vertical flight technology, design and its applications. Technical sessions will be sponsored by each of the Society’s Technical Committees. More information on the Forum is available at

The Forum Technical Chair for this event is Michael R. Smith, Bell Helicopter Textron, 817-280-5005; Fax 817-278-5005; email

Abstracts must be received no later than Friday, October 26, 2012. Late submittals will be difficult or impossible to include in the evaluation process. Abstracts are to be submitted to the web site Abstracts may not be larger than 2MB and should be submitted in PDF form (the web site can convert most files to PDF). They should be approximately 1,000 words, present the status of the background data to be used, summarize figures and illustrations to be used (with samples), and include a summary of important conclusions.

Abstracts will be accepted in a variety of technical disciplines including:

  • Acoustics
  • Advanced Vertical Flight
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aircraft Design
  • Avionics & Systems
  • Crash Safety
  • Crew Stations & Human Factors
  • Dynamics
  • Handling Qualities
  • History
  • Manufacturing Technology and Processing
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Operations
  • Product Support Systems Technology
  • Propulsion
  • Structures & Materials
  • Systems Engineering Tools/Processes
  • Test & Evaluation
  • Unmanned VTOL Aircraft & Rotorcraft
  • Wind Turbine Technology

Submittal of an abstract is a professional commitment: if the abstract is accepted, the author commits to prepare a final paper, attend the Forum and make a presentation based on that final paper. If an author finds that he or she will be unable to make the presentation, then it is incumbent upon him or her to find a substitute presenter. Abstract acceptance will be based in part on the submitter’s prior history in following through with their previous commitments. Papers presented previously are not eligible for consideration. This ineligibility includes papers or presentations (or facsimiles thereof) that are submitted for presentation at a national meeting of any professional organization at any time prior to the Forum. One author may present no more than two papers.

Other Important Dates:  

Authors will be notified of paper selection by Monday, November 30, 2012.

Papers must be submitted electronically to the Mira web site by Friday, April 12, 2013.

The AHS Forum is open to an international audience. As such, it is the policy of the AHS that all papers submitted for inclusion in the Proceedings and all presentations made at the Forum are completely unrestricted. That is, they are not allowed to contain any proprietary, sensitive, classified, or otherwise controlled information. Authors should make note of this policy when submitting abstracts. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain appropriate clearances, which sometimes takes several weeks (or longer!), of their abstract, paper, and presentation in order to meet all deadlines.