Sustainability 2015

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Sustainability 2015

An International Conference on Environmental Sustainability in Air Vehicle Design and Operations of Helicopters and Airplanes

  • Sponsored by AHS International's Montréal-Ottawa Chapter

  • September 22-24, 2015
  • Hotel Bonaventure, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Online registration is now available!

Download the Final Program!

“Sustainability 2015” is the inaugural AHS conference devoted to the sustainable design of air vehicles in the vertical flight and fixed-wing aircraft industries, covering the spectrum of environment issues as they affect the air vehicle’s entire life cycle from conceptual design through manufacture, entry into service and end-of-life disposal/recycling.

As part of “Sustainability 2015” there will be an extensive technical exhibitors’ space comprising large and small-to-medium enterprises offering specialist Design for the Environment (DFE) and sustainability solutions and products. Contact the organizers for more details.

Montreal Hilton Hotel
Photo Courtesy of Hotel Bonaventure
Where is “Sustainability 2015” taking place? 
  • Hotel Bonaventure, Montreal, Canada 22nd – 24th September 2015
  • Make your hotel reservations through our website for special discounts
  • What else is there to do in Montreal?  Check out Tourisme Montréal for great attractions in the area! 
Montreal Skyline for 2015 Meeting
Photo Courtesy Tourisme Montréal
Who should attend this conference? 
  • Vertical lift, fixed-wing and engine OEMs
  • Aerospace industry supply chain
  • Regulatory authorities
  • Environmental engineering specialists
  • Academia
  • Research institutions
  • Helicopter and aircraft fleet operators
  • Aviation recycling industry 

The conference will include keynote speakers, panel discussions, invited technical papers and industrial exhibitions.  This meeting will appeal to major airframe and engine OEMs, the aerospace industry supply chain, regulatory authorities, environmental engineering specialists, academia, research institutions, helicopter and aircraft fleet operators and the aviation recycling industry. For more information, contact the "Sustainability 2015" conference Administrative Chair.

The “Sustainability 2015” Conference Themes 

  1. Innovative Air Vehicle Eco-design Concepts
  2. Eco-design Tool Developments & Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
  3. Environmentally-friendly Manufacturing & Green Supply Chain
  4. Powerplant Advancements
  5. Alternate Fuels & Sustainable Operations
  6. Noise in the Community

Please see Conference Themes Details for more specific information and download the Preliminary Program!

Gala Dinner Speech by Erik Lindbergh

One of the highlights of the conference will be an after-dinner talk at the event’s Gala Dinner on Wednesday the 23rd by Erik Lindbergh, the grandson of the legendary aviation pioneer.  Erik and his organization “Powering Imagination” are actively pursuing their own pioneering work in the field of aviation sustainability with the goals of making aviation “Clean, Quiet and Exciting”.   Places for the conference Gala Dinner are free for those registering for the conference, but for interested guests not attending the full conference itself, places at the Gala Dinner may be purchased separately.  

Special Pre-Meeting Events on Monday, September 21

Short Courses Available

The first training opportunity is “An Introduction to Life Cycle Assessment," presented by Valérie Patreau and her university team from the Polytechnique  de Montréal: Valérie‘s team, CIRAIG, are subject matter experts in this field. The course will be presented in English, only a limited number of seats are available. The fee for this Short Course is $150.00 USD.  Click on the Sustainability 2015 Short Course at the bottom of the registration page to register for this class.

The second excellent training opportunity is “Alternative Fuels” presented by BioFuelNet, and will be taught by subject matter experts in this field. The course will be presented in English, only a limited number of seats are available. The fee for this Short Course is also $150.00 USD.  Click on the Sustainability 2015 Short Course at the bottom of the registration page to register for this class.

Facility Tours Available

As part of the activities on Monday the 22nd, the day before the conference itself formally commences, there’s an outstanding opportunity to participate in facility tours of Bell Canada as part of a single combined activity.  A tour bus will leave the conference hotel in the morning of Monday the 21st and will take the guests to Bell Helicopter for a factory tour (and potentially other sponsors’ facilities as part of a single combined activity.) A light lunch will be served.  Hurry, spaces are strictly limited. There is no fee to go on the tours; however, security clearance is required.  Please send your citizenshp, including dual citizenships held, and country of origin to Please check the tour box on the registration form to register for the tour.

“Spin Your Sustainability Idea” Student Challenge Competition

Attention Students!

Do you have a game-changing idea that will shake up the helicopter and airplane industry? The AHS Sustainability 2015 Conference is inviting creative and curious minds to come up with innovative ideas that will challenge the industry. More specifically, we are looking for ideas in the area of Environmental Sustainability in Air Vehicle Design and Operations of Helicopters and Airplanes. Ideas under any of the 6 conference themes are welcome: 

Free-form Subject Proposals

Do you have a proposal for a sustainability project that does not fit neatly into one of the above areas? No problem, as long as the idea is related to aviation sustainability then feel free to propose it! 

Competition Objective

With this Student Challenge Competition, we’re asking one question:  How can you make a positive impact on the environment through better design, manufacture and operation of helicopters, airplanes or their engines?

Project Idea Requirements

Universities/students interested in entering the project must make their interest known to the conference administration team at the following email address:

Download the full RFP here: Sustainability 2015 Student Challenge (Revision 4 – 28th May 2015)

Technical Papers

Papers are welcomed on all the above 6 thematic areas. Please download the Sustainability 2015 Call for Papers Rev (PDF) which includes the template for abstract submittals or download the template in Word.

Authors: Please use the template provided for the final paper submission: Template for Final Paper in MS Word

Important Dates:

• 1st of May, 2015: Acknowledgement of acceptance of paper
• 26th of June, 2015: Final paper submission
• 1st of September, 2015: Cut-off for hotel heservation special conference rate
• 16th of September, 2015: PowerPoint slides submission
• 22nd - 24th of September, 2015: "Sustainability 2015" conference in Montréal!  


Online registration is now available!
Registration Fees
(All fees are in US dollars)
Registration Type AHS Member Non-AHS Member
General USD $600 USD $700
Speaker/Gov't Employee USD $550 USD $650
Full-time Students/Retirees USD $300 USD $350
Sustainability 2015 BioFuelNet Member USD $400 USD $400
One Day Rate* USD $200 USD $215
Short Course by BioFuelNet USD $150 USD $150
Bell Helicopter Canada Tour $0 $0

Non-AHS Member 3-day rates only include one year of free membership in AHS International.

*One Day rate does not include Gala Dinner tickets.  Tickets may be purchased separately for $200 each.

A Group Rate of a 10% discount is available for organizations sending more than 5 delegates. Please contact the registrar, Kay Brackins, as this cannot be done online.

What registration includes:
  • Admittance to all technical and special sessions
  • Entry to the Exhibit Hall during scheduled hours
  • Tickets to luncheon(s) and access to all refreshment breaks 
  • Tickets to the event’s Gala Dinner (Wednesday evening) (3 Day Registrants Only! $85 for all other attendees.)
  • “Sustainability 2015” Proceedings on CD-ROM (3 Day Registrants Only! $50 for all other attendees.)

Don't want to register online? Download the Sustainability 2015 Registration Form [pdf].

Exhibit at “Sustainability 2015”

“Sustainability 2015” showcases technical exhibitors offering specialist Design for the Environment (DFE) and sustainability solutions and products as well as academic and research institutions offering environmental training and research capabilities.

Would your organization like to join these exhibitors? Find out how to Exhibit at Sustainability 2015!


Conference Hotel Accommodations

Hotel Pool Montreal 2015
Photo Courtesy of
Hotel Bonaventure

Hotel Bonaventure
t: 514 878 2332 ext. 4608   f : 514 878 0028  
900, de La Gauchetière Ouest, Montréal, Québec H5A 1E4, Canada

A four-star hotel located opposite Montreal Central train station (with an indoor path for easy access) and above Bonaventure metro station, the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure is steps away from major attractions, the business district and public transportation convenient for all Guests. 

Stroll around the 2.5 acres of landscaped mature rooftop gardens and plunge into the shimmering outdoor heated pool, open year-round. Keep fit in the 24-hour fitness center with Precor equipment. 

Sip a refreshing cocktail in Le Belvedere bistro bar, nestled in the hotel lobby center. Dine in the award-winning Restaurant-jardins le Castillon overlooking the enchanting garden with waterfall and pond. Enjoy your meal on the private terrace…and more!

Make your reservations now! The cut-off date is Tuesday, September 8, 2015 to receive the special conference rate.

“Sustainability 2015” Organizers

• Somen Chowdhury – Conference Technical Chair
• James Corrigan – Conference Administrative Chair
• Michel Dion – Chapter Vice-President

Updated June 4, 2015