Progress Towards Autonomous Vertical Flight

VFS & AUVSILeading VTOL Experts to Address Autonomy

Were you planning to attend the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) XPONENTIAL 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts? We were too, but that didn't happen. So now, we are going virtual. Join VFS as we host a very special webinar in place of XPONENTIAL on Monday August 10, 2020, from 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM EDT (UTC-4)!

The future of vertical flight, especially for advanced rotorcraft and electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft for passenger and cargo delivery mission, will be greatly enhanced by autonomous flight, and there has been tremendous progress in this area in recent years. The Vertical Flight Society has brought innovative executives from the world’s leading vertical flight organizations together to discuss the progress towards autonomous flight. Check out the press release!

Near Earth Autonomy Progress Towards Autonomous Vertical Flight Panel

Moderator: Graham Warwick, Executive Editor for Technology at Aviation Week

From electric air taxis to unmanned helicopters and autonomous air cargo delivery, this interactive panel will field your questions about large autonomous VTOL platforms. This program is co-sponsored by AUVSI XPONENTIAL, and organized by AUVSI & VFS members: Ajay Sehgal, KBR and Barbara Lindauer, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company.

Register today! The cost is just $50 for VFS members and $100 for non-members — students only $25!

Sikorsky logo A huge "Thank You!" to our event sponsors: Near Earth Autonomy, Aviation Week Network and Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company! There are a limited number of sponsorships remaining:

        • Platinum Sponsorship (1 max): $5,000 — includes top-billing logos/signage, flyer, five complimentary registrations and a speaking slot. (Subject to approval and availability)Wisk logo
        • Gold Sponsorship (5 max): $2,500 — includes logos/signage, flyer, three complimentary registrations and a speaking slot. (Subject to approval and availability)

More details can be found in the Sponsorship Application.

Questions? Please contact Jim Sherman for more information.

Note: All times are in US Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), which is UTC-4.

Progress Towards Autonomous Vertical Flight
August 10, 2020 | GoToWebinar
All times are in EDT (GMT-4)
1130 - 1135 Welcome and Introductions
Jim Sherman, Vertical Flight Society
Graham Warwick, Aviation Week
1135 - 1150 Experience in Autonomy from Sub-Meter to Full-Scale VTOL Aircraft
Sanjiv Singh, CEO, Near-Earth Autonomy
1150 - 1250 Panel Discussion: Enabling Autonomy

Luuk van Dijk, CEO, Daedalean
Maxime Gariel, CTO, Xwing
Francis Govers, Platform Autonomy Lead, Bell

1250 - 1300 Short Break
1300 - 1310 Background: Designing for Autonomy Gary Gysin, CEO, Wisk
1310 - 1410 Panel Discussion: Applying Autonomy Steve Jacobson, CEO, Autonodyne
Dave Merrill, CEO, Elroy
Igor Cherepinsky, Director of Innovations, Sikorsky
1410 - 1420 Short Break
1420 - 1430 Background: Applying Autonomy in Operations Col Nathan Diller, USAF, Director of AFWERX and Agility Prime Lead
1430 - 1530 Panel Discussion: Certifying Autonomy Daniel Moczydlower, President and CEO, EmbraerX
Wes Ryan, Unmanned/Pilotless Aircraft Tech Lead, FAA
Steve Cook, Northrop Grumman/ASTM International


Updated Aug 6, 2020