eVTOL at Forum 74

Electric VTOL at Forum 74


The Vertical Flight Society was established in 1943 as the American Helicopter Society, Inc. For 75 years, we have been leading efforts in the advancement of vertical flight technology. The non-profit educational society rebranded as the Vertical Flight Society on April 19, 2018. See www.vtol.org/new-name.

AHS — The Vertical Flight Society has been a leading voice supporting electric and hybrd-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) technology since 2014. As in past years, non-helicopter VTOL aircraft are featured prominently as an integral part of the 74th Annual Forum & Technology Display, taking place May 14-17 in Phoenix, Arizona.  

On Monday, May 14, as part of the pre-Forum activities, the Vertical Flight Society is pleased to present the world's first Short Course on Electric VTOL Technology (separate registration required). This multi-presenter course will provide an overview of the unique challenges and opportunities of this new class of vehicles. 

During the three days of technical meetings, Forum 74 will feature numerous technical papers and three special panels on electric VTOL:

Wednesday, May 16:

Special Panel Session:
Advanced VTOL Flight Test and Certification,
1:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Moderated by Rick C. Simmons, Aircraft Certification Flight Test (ACFT)
  • Gregory J. Bowles, VP of Global Innovation & Policy, GAMA
  • Major Michael L. Osmon, US Army Aviation Development Directorate
  • David G. Stephan, Associate Director for Technology, US Army Aviation Engineering Directorate
  • Dr. Paula J. Dempsey, Deputy Project Manager, Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology (RVLT), NASA Glenn Research Center
  • FAA Advanced VTOL Flight Test and Certification Team:
    • Gary Horan, Electric Propulsion Focus
    • David Sizoo, Flight Test Focus
    • John Strasburger, VTOL Systems Focus
    • David Webber, VTOL Project Officer/Flight Test Engineer

Thursday, May 17:

Special Session:
Promise & Progress of eVTOL
, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Moderated by Michael J. Duffy, The Boeing Company
  • Mark Moore, Uber Technologies
  • Carl Dietrich, Terrafugia
  • Fritz Langford, Aurora Flight Sciences
  • Jon Rimanelli, AirspaceX
  • TBA
Special Panel Session:
Challenges of eVTOL,
1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Moderated by Christopher Silva, NASA Ames Research Center 
  • Juan Alonso, Stanford University
  • Leandro Maia, Embraer
  • Daniel Newman, The Boeing Company
  • Robert Scott, US Army Aviation Development Directorate (ADD)
  • Monica Syal, A³ by Airbus

In addition, at the Grand Awards Banquet, Wednesday evening, May 16, the Vertical Flight Society will be honoring JoeBen Bevirt, the founder and chief executive officer of Joby Aviation Inc., which has successfully demonstrated the world’s first high-speed multi-passenger electric VTOL aircraft. Mr. Bevirt will be receiving the Society’s 2018 Paul E. Haueter Award is given for an outstanding technical contribution to the field of VTOL aircraft develop​ment other than a helicopter or an operational vertical flight aircraft.

Want to learn more about eVTOL? Check out our eVTOL.news website and sign up for our eVTOL Newsletter. ​And plan now to attend our Autonomous VTOL conference and eVTOL Symposium, Jan. 29-31, 2019, in Mesa, Arizona. 


Posted April 21, 2018