Workshop on UAM Infrastructure

Workshop on Infrastructure for Urban Air Mobility
March 17-18, 2020 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ 08405

Gannett Flemming Skyport conceptThe Vertical Flight Society is hosting its second workshop on the "defining challenges" of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, on March 24-25, 2020, at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey (not far from the FAA Tech Center in Atlantic City). This two-day meeting is dedicated to identifying the foundational elements needed to support the development of infrastructure for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) applications. 

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 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

Objectives

  • 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

Deliverables

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

Organizers

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

Registration and Sponsorships

In order to maximize the educational opportunity and the diversity of attendees, we have set the registration rates very low (through Feb. 29, 2020):  

  • 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 through Feb. 29, 2020. Since this is a working meeting, members of the press are welcome to attend, knowing that comments made by the FAA must be reviewed by the FAA Communications team.

There will be a limited number of sponsorships available. Once registration is online, you will be able to go to the registration page to apply for a sponsorship or to register

  • Gold Sponsorship (5 max): $2,500 — includes logos/signage, flyer, two complimentary registrations and a speaking slot. (Subject to approval and availability.)
  • Silver Sponsorship: $1,500 — includes logos/signage, flyer and two complimentary registrations and a speaking slot. (Subject to approval and availability.)

Venue

VFS is in the process of securing a facility for the workshop.

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

Questions?

Please contact Jim Sherman for more information.


Updated Oct. 10, 2019