Workshop on UAM Infrastructure

2nd Workshop on Infrastructure for UAM
March 17-18, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ 08405

Registration is now open — see below!

Preliminary workshop schedule overview

Gannett Flemming Skyport conceptThe Vertical Flight Society is hosting its 2nd Workshop on Infrastructure for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) on March 17-18, 2020, 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 looked at the "defining challenges" of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and identified key stakeholders and approaches. 

This 2nd Workshop on Infrastructure is dedicated to identifying the foundational elements needed to support the development of infrastructure for UAM applications. 

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

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


  • Identify frameworks for understanding infrastructure development risks, and identify current gaps in industry best practice data for new technologies enabling UAM concepts
  • Connect risk assessment frameworks through infrastructure design to operational considerations
  • Build upon existing heliport safety data, Air Traffic Management (ATM) practices, and existing rotorcraft safety data to identify pre-competitive areas where proactive industry collaboration could be valuable in accelerating UAM adoption


  • Build upon existing safety data to identify pre-competitive areas where proactive industry collaboration could be valuable in accelerating UAM adoption


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

Registration and Sponsorships

Registration is now open! (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: Free (with registration prior to March 1, 2020)
  • All other federal, state and local employees: $150 (must verify government employment)
  • Speakers: $150 (you will be provided with a registration code)
  • VFS Members: $300 (must be current)
  • Non-Members: $400 (includes 1 year of VFS membership)

Notes: this event may sell out. The above rates reflect early-bird discounts of $50 per person; all prices increase on March 1, 2020. 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.

Updated Jan. 13, 2020