Rotorcraft Handling Qualities

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Rotorcraft Handling Qualities Technical Meeting
Huntsville, Alabama, USA
February 22-23, 2017 

The AHS Redstone Chapter is sponsoring a Rotorcraft Handling Qualities Technical Meeting on February 22-23, 2017, in Huntsville, Alabama. The Technical Meeting will focus on meeting the needs of both military and civil rotorcraft handling qualities (HQ), flight controls and vehicle design communities. This meeting will differ from the AHS Annual Forum in that the focus will be on handling qualities standards and flight test technique development, in addition to updating ADS-33E.


Generic Winged Compound concept Online pre-registration is now CLOSED. Onsite registration will open on Wednesday, February 22nd @ 11:00 am.

Click here for the Handling Qualities Final Agenda. 

Download map of the UAH campus and meeting location.

Meeting Information

Opening Keynote Session: VIP speakers have been invited from the following organizations.

U.S. Army's Aviation Engineering Directorate (Huntsville, Alabama), preliminary topics include Future Vertical Lift and Future Army Airworthiness

U.S. Army Aviation Development Direcrtorate (Moffett Field, California), Advanced Rotorcraft Flight Control and Handling Qualities Technologies and Challenges

U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (Patuxent River, Maryland), Handling Qualities Lessons Learned in Early Flight Testing


Wednesday, February 22nd: 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Opening Keynote Address

Technical Session I: MTEs and Compound Vehicles

Networking Social: 5:00 to 7:00 PM


Thursday, February 23rd: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Technical Session II: Tools and Standards

Technical Session III: Handling Qualities in Design

Technical Session IV: Special Presentations and Panel Discussion 

Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following - see also the Call For Papers .

  • Basic vehicle stability and control/response characteristics and control methodologies utilized to enhance the crew's perception of vehicle response

  • Integrated crew station and pilot-vehicle interfaces

  • Mathematical modeling and/or simulation of rotorcraft and preliminary HQ assessment techniques

  • Flight testing of rotorcraft and applied HQ assessment techniques

  • Reliability, risk and safety considerations

  • The impact of HQ requirements on cost, schedule and performance

  • Degraded visual environment (DVE) solutions

  • The impact of advanced enhanced or synthetic vision, aural or tactile cueing on HQ

  • The role of crew systems integration and human factors engineering on HQ

  • Tactical decision aids anad associated systems

  • Computer aided/assisted tools and processes

Author Information: deadline for presentation submission is Friday, January 20, 2017 via email to Please download the Word paper template and the  Authors Guide for instructions and more information.

Venue: all sessions and activites will take place at the Conference Center at the University of Alabma (UAH) at Huntsville.

Hotel Information: there are many hotels located near the University of Alabama in Hunstville. Check you favorate travel guide or follow this link to the Bevill Center hotel located on the UAH campus

Download the 2017 Handling Qualites meeting flyer here.