Rotorcraft Structures and Survivability2013

NASA CH-46 crash testThe AHS Hampton Roads Chapter will hold its Rotorcraft Structures and Survivability Specialists' Meeting at the Fort Magruder Inn in Williamsburg, Virginia, October 29-31, 2013

Online registration is now closed! Please register onsite Monday from 4-7:00 p.m. and Tuesday beginning at 7:00 a.m. in Kearny's, New Market Hall.

Hotel reservations should be made directly with the hotel either online at or by phone at (757) 573-4102. To receive the discounted room rate of $92.00, please use the group code "AHS" and reserve no later than October 21.

The theme of the planned 2½ day conference is “Structures Solutions for Future Vertical Lift.” The meeting will consist of unclassified, unrestricted meetings held at the Crown Plaza at Fort Magruder, Williamsburg, Virginia.  The meeting will highlight research and development efforts, both current and planned, related to manned and unmanned rotorcraft structures, crash safety, and vulnerability reduction.  

  • Structures:  Topics include technology applicable to both developmental and legacy aircraft including durability and damage tolerance, fatigue and fracture mechanics, advanced metallic and composite structures, and structural design criteria.  Related topics on affordability, operational sustainability, weight reduction, advanced or novel concepts, and manufacturing methods are desirable.  Topics on the use of design tools for structural optimization or rapid design and analysis, such as knowledge-based systems and simulations.

  • Crash Safety:  All aspects of crashworthiness and aviation safety relating to rotorcraft and other V/STOL aircraft.  Emphasis is given to recent developments of new structural design concepts, minimizing occupant post-crash injuries and fatalities, systems integration analyses that enhance occupant safety while minimizing aircraft systems cost and weight, crash criteria for multi-category rotorcraft, and computational techniques that have the potential to provide low cost design validation.

  • Vulnerability Reduction:  Presentations relating to design, analysis, and structures technologies that reduce aircraft vulnerability.  Topics may include threat and structural response modeling, advanced structural concepts for ballistic tolerance, integrating ballistic protection into primary structure, and design criteria and concepts for optimizing ballistic protection while minimizing cost and weight. 

The Specialists’ Meeting General Chair is Mr. Jon Schuck, US Army RDECOM. Technical Chairs are Dr. Karen Jackson, NASA Langley, Dr. Mark Robeson, US Army RDECOM, and Mr. Nate Bordick, US Army RDECOM.

RS&S 2013 Final Program with Map.

The Call for Papers and additional information can be found at  The abstract submittal deadline was Monday, July 22, 2013. A downloadable flyer is available here: Rotorcraft Structures and Suvivability Flyer

Are you interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the meeting?  Contact David Meyer, Exhibit Chair, for more information or download the Exhibit Rules and Regulations or Contract for Exhibit Display Space here.

Do you like golf?  Here is an opportunity to sponsor the Hampton Roads Chapter Four-Person "Shamble" Golf Tournament to benefit the local USO chapter. Don't miss out on this fun event on October 28 right before the Rotorcraft Structures and Survivability Specialists' Meeting. See Golf Tournament Flyer for more details.

U.S. government employees can register for free! We are offering a special A la Carte rate of $0.00 for employees of government agencies with policies that prohibit funding for travel to conferences, or with policies that impose overly arduous conditions for obtaining approval to attend. Continental breakfast, break, luncheon and banquet tickets will be available at registration for A la Carte registrants, or for spouses of paid registrants based on hotel food service rates. Student can also register A la Carte.