Forum 76 Rescheduled

Update 2020-03-31:

Forum 76 Registration Reopened

We appreciate everyone's patience over the past few weeks. We're pleased to announce that our Forum 76 contracts are being finalized and we have reopened registration. We hope that the COVID-19 pandemic will have peaked and subsided long before October and that everyone will be able to join us in Virginia Beach.

Check out our revised Forum 76 webpages for all the latest updated information on the technical paper deadline, technical session schedules, exhibits, sponsorship opportunities, short courses and more!

We hope to see you in Virginia Beach!


Update 2020-03-24:

Forum 76 Rescheduled to October

Thank you to all of our members and partners for your support and encouragement over the past few weeks. As you know, the 76th Annual Forum & Technology Display was planned for May 19-21 in Montreal. However, as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have been busily working on alternatives.

We don't have all of the contracts lined up yet, but we want to keep you updated and let you know that we have tentatively rescheduled Forum 76 for later this year.

As a result of current medical projections of the virus and the availability of our traditional convention centers, we are working towards holding Forum 76 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on Oct. 6-8, 2020. Note that we are working out the logistics and contractual changes, so please be patient.

Forum 76 authors, please note that the paper deadline is being extended. Everyone can check the Forum 76 web pages for the latest information. 

We know that you may have a lot of questions, but please give us a few more days to work out more of the details. We will continue to send out regularly updates and posts to www.vtol.org/covid.

Meanwhile, we hope you are able to take care of your own physical and mental well-being, as well as continuing your work to advance vertical flight under these challenging circumstances. Thank you!


Update 2020-03-20:

Thank you for the outpouring of support from our members and partners.

We want to remind everyone that we looking at how to best to produce Forum 76, including the potential to reschedule the event to later in the year. We have a lot of contractual requirements and replanning required, and this takes time. We hope to let everyone know more definitive details in the next few days. Please bear with us while we run everything to ground.

Again, thanks so much for your support as we plan for the best Forum 76 possible. You can always check for the latest information on this page, www.vtol.org/covid


Update 2020-03-18:

We want to keep you up to date on our plans for Forum 76. Because on the unknown nature of COVID-19 and current travel restrictions, we have been evaluating contingency plans since things began looking increasingly dire last week. We are considering several options, including the potential to reschedule the event to later in the year. We will let you know how these options mature over the next few days, and also continue to update our website at www.vtol.org/covid. (Note that we are absolutely not considering cancelling Forum 76!)

FYI, in monitoring other major events, it appears that most major events through the end of April have now been postponed, cancelled or made virtual, but most after the beginning of May still appear planned to go forward. We have a listing of event statuses at https://vtol.org/news/update-on-vtol-relevant-meetings  

We appreciate the outpouring of support that we have seen from our members and partners. We will endeavor to put on the best Forum 76 possible under the circumstances and ask that everyone be patient and continue your support as we go forward.


Update 2020-03-12:

We realize the news about COVID-19 can be unsettling and casts uncertainty about Forum 76. VFS is closely monitoring reports and is in communication with our partners in Montreal to make the best decisions possible. Recent announcements by government leaders in the US and Canada are being evaluated for their potential impact on the Forum.

The timing of when the coronavirus will be behind us is uncertain. But it is certain that things will return to normal in the not-so-distant future.

We continue to actively monitor the advice of health authorities and government leaders and will continue to keep everyone informed. We are frequently updating this VFS Statement on COVID-19 (www.vtol.org/covid).

The city of Montreal is keeping VFS informed and the Palais des congrès de Montreal (Montreal Convention Center) is also closely tracking the latest news regarding the coronavirus, as well as any recommendations issued by experts and health agencies, such as the World Health Organization, and the Public Health Agency of Canada. They are focusing on prevention, while ensuring compliance with all of the health agencies’ recommendations, and encouraging taking proper preventive measures.

Among the preventive measures implemented by the Palais des congrès:

  • Several distributors of alcohol-based hand sanitizers are available in the public spaces of the Palais; others will be added.
  • Posters are displayed in the bathrooms with tips for effective hand washing.
  • Cleaning services disinfect shared surfaces at higher frequency (doorknobs, stair rails, elevators, toilets).
  • A committee is in place to monitor the situation.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • All Palais washrooms are supplied with soap. Also, there are numerous alcohol-based hand sanitizers stationed in the Palais’ public areas.

In addition, some simple yet highly useful tips for guarding against the flu especially this time of year can be applied by meeting participants:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often.
  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your elbow.
  • Refrain from shaking hands.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Clean shared surfaces and items.
  • Limit contact with others if you are sick.

Please wash your hands frequently and thoroughly to stay healthy! 

Mike Hirschberg and the VFS staff.


Posted 2020-03-05