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For nearly 70 years, the AHS Forum has been the premier event for government, industry and academia to exchange ideas, discuss the latest breakthroughs in theory and technology, and work together to tackle the toughest challenges in vertical flight. Since its inception, the Annual Forum has brought together the best technical minds with the world's leading vertical flight manufacturers and suppliers. This tradition and legacy is still unmatched today by any other event in the world. This year’s 69th Annual Forum and Technology Display (Forum 69) returns to the Phoenix Convention Center on May 21-23, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. 

This year's Forum theme is appropriately, “Advancing Vertical Flight Technology in Demanding Environments.” For the vertical flight community, “demanding environments” long meant high altitudes, high temperatures, austere sites and dusty conditions. Today, they include financial challenges facing the world's military and civil operators – budget crises that hobble economies and spur relentless calls for government spending cuts from North America and Europe to Asia and Australia. Forum 69 will explore these opportunities.

With the theme “Advancing Vertical Flight Technology in Demanding Environments,” the Forum will include panel discussions among leaders of civil and military aircraft manufacturers and top officials of military aircraft programs. Hear firsthand what to expect in the current budget environment, and the prospects for vertical flight modernization efforts.

Forum 69 will feature some 250 technical presentations on vertical flight research and advanced technology initiatives aimed at meeting these challenges, in disciplines from acoustics to unmanned systems. The Forum will also include special panel sessions, the Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) Reception, the Grand Awards Banquet, a simulation workshop, industry tours and the Technology Display – the most extensive exposition of cutting-edge vertical flight technologies in the world. 

Forum 69 will continue with its new CEO panel format with the chief executives of the international helicopter industry. Moderated by Graham Warwick, Senior Editor for Technology,Aviation Week & Space Technology, the panel will explore how to continue “Advancing Vertical Flight Technology in Demanding Environments.”

Prof. Peretz Friedmann, The University of Michigan, will deliver this year’s Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship entitled, “On Blade Control of Rotor Vibration, Noise and Performance – Just Around the Corner?” and Mr. Mark Dreier (Bell Helicopter) will provide a Short Course on “Rotorcraft and Wind Turbine Modeling and Simulation.” 

Major General Tim Crosby, US Army, Aviation Program Executive Officer for Aviation (PEO AVN), plans to lead the US Army Aviation Program Manager Briefings, and Rear Admiral Paul Grosklags, US Navy, Program Executive Officer for Air ASW, Assault & Special Mission Programs, PEO(A), plans to moderate the US Navy/Marine Corps Aviation Program Manager Briefings [both sessions pending final Army and Navy travel regulations].

In addition, three new special session panels will cover Technology Needs for Civil OperationsSubsystems Technologies and Human Powered Helicopters. Each session will be comprised of leaders in their fields presenting the latest developments. Finally, the introduction of a new Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge will see AHS student members compete in a head-to-head MAV fly-off.

With nearly 1500 attendees annually, Forum 69 offers you networking opportunities with leading researchers and the key representatives from all of the world’s important vertical flight technology organizations, including industry, academia and government – U.S. and international / military and civil. 

Plan now to be with us May 21-23, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. You won’t want to miss the biggest and best vertical flight technology conference in the world!