VFS Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure

3rd Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure for UAM

Sept. 1-3, 2020, Wildwood, NJ, USA

Gannett-Fleming SkyportVFS is hosting its 3rd Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) at the Wildwood Convention Center, Wildwood, New Jersey. 

This two-day meeting is the third in a series of solution-focused workshops. In the first workshop in Sept. 2019, industry representatives and regulators focused on the "defining challenges" of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, identifying key stakeholders and strategies for moving forward. 

The 2nd Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure, was held virtually (due to COVID-19) in a series on sponsored webinars in April and May 2020, covered foundational elements needed to support the development of safe, functional and economically viable infrastructure to support UAM applications. 

This 3rd Workshop is dedicated to addressing the identified challenges in eVTOL Infrastructure and plotting out a plan of action in collaboration with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) William J. Hughes Technical Center to advance eVTOL Infrastructure development. While we work out the details of the agenda, here is the draft Infrastructure Workshop schedule.

Segments of the workshop's discussion will dovetail directly into and leverage work currently underway by the International Helicopter Safety Foundation (IHSF) and the United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST), in which the Vertical Flight Safety has an active role.

FAA Technical Center Tour

VFS has facilitated a tour of the FAA Technical Center on Sept. 3rd. Interested attendees will need to be at the FAA Visitors Center by 8:00am as the tour will start and end there. Details of the FAA Technical Center Tour will be updated shortly here. Registration will open soon. Note: Background checks are required for the tour, so register ASAP to ensure your seat.

Background
The Vertical Flight Society, founded in 1943 as the American Helicopter Society, is the world's leading professional organization working to advance vertical flight. VFS has been a leading advocate and supporter of what we call "The Electric VTOL Revolution." We held the world's eVTOL technical meeting in 2014 and our 7th Annual eVTOL Symposium was held in Jan. 2020 in Silicon Valley; we now have 100+ hours of informative and educational videos on electric VTOL. A summary of the work that VFS and its partners have done, along with information on previous events and activities, can be found on this webpage

Objectives

  • Provide an open forum to stake holders and interested parties from industry and applicable government and regulatory bodies to discuss policy requirements as they relate to UAM technology and infrastructure.
  • Conduct facilitated discussions concerning key policy challenges as they pertain to UAM infrastructure so as to better understand of prioritization and time constraints.
  • Identify collaborative research and development opportunities necessary for creating common sense infrastructure standards based on aircraft performance criteria.

Deliverables

  • Build upon existing safety data to identify pre-competitive areas where proactive industry collaboration would be valuable in accelerating adoption.
  • Identify collaborative opportunities between industry and government agencies which will benefit the UAM industry.
  • Draft consensus-based strategies for the purpose of advancing policy at key Federal, State and Local levels.

Organizers

  • Rex Alexander, 5-Alpha
  • Cliff Johnson, FAA
  • Jim Sherman, VFS
Registration will soon be open for the in-person meeting! (Microsoft's Internet Explorer/Edge browser is not compatible with our registration site. First time users, be sure to click the popup to "Allow Cookies." You do not need to be a member to register but you need an account.)
 

In order to maximize the educational opportunity and the diversity of attendees, we have set the registration rates very low:  

  • FAA Tech Center employees: $50
  • All other federal, state and local employees: $200 (must verify government employment)
  • Speakers: $200 (you will be provided with a registration code)
  • VFS Members: $350 (must be current)
  • Non-Members: $450 (includes 1 year of VFS membership)

Notes: Since this is a working meeting, members of the press are welcome to attend, but attributions made by FAA employees must be reviewed by the FAA Communications team.

There will be a limited number of sponsorships available. Go to the registration page to apply for a sponsorship and register

  • Gold Sponsorship (5 max/1 remaining): $2,500 — includes logos/signage, flyer, three complimentary registrations and a 20-minute speaking slot. (Subject to approval and availability.)
  • Silver Sponsorship (5 max): $1,500 — includes logos/signage, flyer, one complimentary registration and a 10-minute speaking slot. (Subject to approval and availability.)

Questions?

Please contact Jim Sherman for more information.

Workshop Gold Sponsors: 

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Posted June 4, 2020