5th Annual Transformative VTOL Workshop

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Since 2014, AHS International has been leading a series of workshops on Transformative Vertical Flight (TVF), building a community of aerospace professionals that includes technical, regulatory and business elements, and exploring the potential for new forms of air transportation systems with innovative propulsion systems. The focus has been on systems that embody combinations of on-demand, electric and hybrid-electric propulsion, and vertiport-capable configurations and designs. See the AHS Electric VTOL News website for news and a directory of concepts under development.

The 5th Annual Transformative Vertical Flight Workshop, held this year in San Francisco, California, featured the latest advances and possibilities in urban air mobility. Videos and presentations for the workshop can be downloaded below. Next year's workshop will be rebranded as the "6th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium" and is planned to be held in Jan. 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. Past workshop briefings and videos can be found at the AHS webpage on Transformative Vertical Flight.

The 5th TVF Workshop was held in conjunction with AHS International's Aeromechanics Design for Transformative Vertical Flight Technical Meeting. Nearly 350 attendees participated in the workshop and technical meeting. All 61 technical papers from the TVF conference are now available in the Vertical Flight Library (part of the AHS Online Store). How to get the papers:
  • Individual PDF files of the technical papers are available for download at $15 each for AHS members and $30 for non-members.
  • CD-ROMs   with the complete collection of technical paper proceedings are available for $105 for AHS members and $145 for non-members.
  • Technical meeting attendees were provided with the code for complimentary paper download.

Plenary Session Presentations from the Transformative Vertical Flight Technical Meeting and Workshop

Session Title Presenter Download
Technical Meeting Opening Panel, Tues. Jan. 16, 2018
Panel:
Aeromechanics Challenges in
Development, Testing and Integration of Transformative Air Vehicles
[video]
Dr. William D. Lewis, US Army Aviation Development Directorate (Chair)
Dr. Graham Drozeski, DARPA
Lt Col Nate Diller, USAF, J-8 Joint Staff Requirements & Capability Development
Dr. Parimal Kopardekar, NASA Ames
n/p
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Panel:
Envisioning Urban Air Mobility
[video]
Dr. Ashish Bagai, University of Maryland (Moderator)
Mr. Mark Moore, Uber Technologies
Mr. Chris VanBuiten, Sikorsky Aircraft
Mr. Scott Drennan, Bell Helicopter
Mr. Andrew Gibson, Empirical Systems Aerospace (ES Aero)
Dr. Karthik Balakrishnan, A3 by Airbus Group
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Workshop Opening Session, Thurs. Jan. 18, 2018
Welcome Address
Mr. Chris Silva, NASA Ames PDF
eVTOL Promise & Progress [video]
Mr. Mike Hirschberg, AHS International PDF
Uber Elevate Common Reference eVTOL [video] Mr. Mark Moore, Uber Technologies PDF
Electric & Hybrid-Electric VTOL [video]
Mr. Francesco Giannini, Aurora Flight Sciences PDF
Transformative VTOL [video]
Mr. John Piasecki, Piasecki Aircraft PDF
TVF Working Groups/Roadmapping [video]
Mr. Mike Dudley, NASA Ames (Chair)
Dr. Tony Linn, consultant
Dr. Anubhav Datta, University of Maryland
Ms. Yolanka Wulff, Ampaire
Mr. Johnny Doo, International Vehicle Research, Inc.
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Four Ways for On-Demand Mobility [video] Mr. Mathias Thomsen, Airbus Group PDF
Workshop Discussions, Fri. Jan. 19, 2018
Overview: NASA Studies on eVTOL [video]
Mr. Chris Silva, NASA Ames PDF
eVTOL Analysis Tools & Frameworks
[video]
Dr. Rob MacDonald, Uber Technologies PDF

Panel: Challenges of
Urban Air Mobility Airspace
[video]

Dr. Parimal Kopardekar, NASA Ames (Moderator)
Dr. Tom Prevot, Uber Technologies
Mr. Parker Vascik, MIT
Ms. Uma Subramanian, Voom
Mr. Peter Shannon, Levitate Capital
n/p
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n/a
Overview: Urban Air Mobility Skyport,
Cabin and User Experience

Mr. John Badalamenti, Uber Technologies n/a
Discussion: Get Involved and Shape the Future [video] Ms. Gwen Lighter, GoFly Prize
Mr. Mike Hirschberg, AHS International
Dr. Mark DeAngelo, SAE International
Dr. Tony Linn (representing AIAA)
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Overview: Challenges of
eVTOL Standards & Certification
[video]
Mr. Greg Bowles, GAMA
Mr. Tom Gunnarson, Zee Aero (representing ASTM)
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Panel: Challenges of
Urban Aviation Ground Infrastructure
[video]

Mr. Stan Swaintek, Uber Technologies (Moderator)
Mr. Paul Stith, Black & Veatch
Mr. David Sawaya, Pacific Gas & Electric
Mr. Alan Dowdell, ChargePoint

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Panel: The Challenges of
Acoustics
[video]
Mr. David Josephson, Josephson Engineering (Moderator)
Dr. Ken Brentner, Penn State University
Dr. Eric Greenwood, NASA Langley Research Center
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Panel: Challenges of
Hybrid-Electric VTOL Propulsion
[video]

Mr. Jason Schug, Ricardo (Moderator)
Mr. Steve Burns, Workhorse
Dr. Paul Debitetto, Top Flight Technologies
Mr. Reed Danis, ES Aero
Mr. Francesco Giannini, Aurora Flight Sciences
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Panel: Perspectives on
Prospective Markets
[video]

Mr. Jason Schug, Ricardo (Moderator)
Mr. Mathias Thomsen, Airbus Group
Dr. Brian German, Georgia Institute of Technology
Mr. Nikhil Goel, Uber Technologies
Dr. Kevin Antcliff, NASA Langley
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Closing Remarks & What's Next Mr. Chris Silva, NASA Ames PDF

Thank you to our 2018 Workshop Sponsors!
Aeromechanics 2018 Sponsors

Posted Jan. 29, 2018; updated Feb. 26, 2018. n/a = not available; n/p = none presented