Forum 73 Special Sessions on Transformative Vertical Flight

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society — is pleased to announce two special sessions of presentations and discussion on advanced rotorcraft and transformative vertical flight aircraft on Thursday afternoon, as part of our 73rd Annual Forum and Technology Display at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. The AHS Annual Forum is the world's leading international technical event on vertical flight technology. The three-day meeting will include nearly 250 technical papers on every discipline from Acoustics to Unmanned Systems, as well as dozens of invited presentations and discussions by leaders in industry and government, including these two special panel sessions.

Thursday morning features invited speakers from industry on advanced US military rotorcraft and VTOL demonstrators.

Aurora LightningStrike May 11, 2017 @ 8:00 – 12:15 pm
Special Session: Advanced VTOL Air Vehicle Design
Moderated by Dr. Bill Lewis, Aviation Development Directorate, U.S. Army
Facilitated by Dr. D.J. Taylor, Senior Scientist, Aviation (ST), Aviation Development Directorate, U.S. Army

  • Ryan Ehinger: Bell Helicopter V-280 Valor
  • Steve Weiner: Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1
  • John Piasecki: Lockheed-Piasecki ARES
  • Jon Almond: Northrop Grumman Tern
  • Carl Schaefer: Aurora Flight Science XV-24A LightningStrike
  • Dan Newman: NATO Next Gen Rotorcraft Capability Studies

The AHS-led Transformative Vertical Flight Concepts Initiative is supporting the pursuit of emerging technologies and approaches, such as electric/hybrid power and distributed propulsion, that offer the potential to fundamentally transform Vertiport-capable flight configuration designs and operational concepts. The Transformative Vertical Flight Special Session at Forum 73 features presentations from leading US government and industry leaders:

May 11, 2017 @ 1:30 – 5:30 pm
Special Session: 
Transformative Urban Air Mobility
Moderated by Mark Moore, Uber Technologies 
  • Zach Lovering, A^3 by Airbus
  • Scott Drennan, Bell Helicopter
  • Bob LaBelle, XTI Aircraft 
  • Colin Theodore, NASA Ames
  • Ken Goodrich, NASA Langley
  • Wes Ryan, FAA

Information on Forum 73, including how to register, is available at