Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure

2nd Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure for UAM

Virtual Program added, starting April 15th continuing weekly until May 6th

In-person workshop will be rescheduled to the late summer/early fall

Originally planned schedule

In order to sustain the infrastructure conversation, VFS is scheduling virtual sessions over the next few weeks in anticipation of rescheduling the in-person workshop later in the summer.  These sessions are intended to provide the information from the workshop leading into the working sessions.  These sessions will be scheduled over the next four Wednesdays.  The tentative schedule is listed here and will be updated as more information on speaker availability is determined.

The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to offer free webinars on Challenges of eVTOL Infrastructure topics that were planned for the 2020 Workshop eVTOL Infrastructure.  These webinars will provide insight from the industry for the development of eVTOL / UAM / AAM infrastructure.  During these challenging times, we decided to offer them as free webinars are available to the entire community. Please share them with your colleagues.   Here is the schedule of presentations: 

Webinar #1:  Fire, Building and Electrical Code for Vertiports - sponsored by Gannett Fleming

Wednesday, 15 April, 0900 - 1030 EDT USA
Moderator:  Rex Alexander, 5-Alpha


Vertiport Fire Code
Dave Phelan, Davidson Code Concepts

Vertiport Building Code
Teresa Peterson, Gannett Fleming

Vertiport Electrical Code
Scott Cary, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 

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Webinar #1

Webinar #2:  Weather Systems

Wednesday, 22 April, 1130 - 1300 EDT USA
Moderator:  Rex Alexander, 5-Alpha


NOAA and FAA Tech Center Activities
Stephanie Avey, NOAA

Weather Challenges for Advanced Aerial Mobility in Urban Environments
Matthias Steiner, National Center for Atmospheric Research

What Will it Take for Aviation Weather Systems to Enable safe eVTOL Operations?
Don Berchoff, CEO, TruWeather Solutions



Webinar #2

Webinar #3:  Acoustics and Noise - sponsored by Uber Elevate
Wednesday, 29 April, 1130 - 1300 EDT USA
Moderator:  David Josephson, Uber Elevate


FAA’s Role in Progress towards UAM Acoustic Noise Models and Simulations
Cliff Johnson, FAA

FAA Order 1050.1F
Danielle Rinsler, Uber Elevate

David Josephson, Uber Elevate

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Webinar #3

Webinar #4:  Urban / Municipality Planning & Land Use - sponsored by PS&S

Wednesday, 6 May, 1130 - 1300 EDT USA
Moderator:  Yolanka Wulff, CAMI


Waterborne Infrastructure
Rik Van Hemmen, Martin & Ottaway

Vertiport Design Considerations
Chuck Clauser, PS&S

Airport Planning
Danielle Rinsler, Uber Elevate

UAM Integration
Darshan Divakaran, Aerospace Arizona Association LLC

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Webinar #4

Gannett Flemming Skyport conceptThe Vertical Flight Society is hosting its 2nd Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey (not far from Philadelphia or the FAA Tech Center in Atlantic City). 

This two-day meeting is the second in a series of solution-focused workshops — the first workshop in Sept. 2019. In the first workshop, 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. 

This 2nd Workshop is dedicated to Infrastructure for the purpose of identifying foundational elements needed to support the development of safe, functional and economically viable infrastructure to support UAM applications. 

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 actively collaborates.

Note: The Community Air Mobility Initiative (CAMI) is holding a separate "UAM 101" workshop for state and local decision makers the afternoon before. 

FAA Technical Center Tour -
VFS has organized a tour of the FAA Technical Center. Interested attendees will need to be at the FAA Visitors Center by 8:00am as the tour will start and end there.  You can see all the information on the FAA Technical Center Tour here. Register for the tour here. Background checks are required for the tour, so register ASAP to ensure your seat!

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 is planned for 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Rex Alexander, 5-Alpha
  • Cliff Johnson, FAA

Registration and Sponsorships

Registration is not 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: this event may sell out. 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): $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.)


VFS has not arranged for a hotel block, so attendees are free to choose their lodging. There is a Courtyard by Marriott nearby. 


Please contact Jim Sherman for more information.



Our Gold-Level Sponsors:

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Updated March 10, 2020