Press Release: Winner of 2018 Alfred Gessow Best Paper Award


July 19, 2018


Julie M. Gibbs

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Vertical Flight Society Announces Winner of
2018 Alfred Gessow Best Paper Award

Fairfax, Virginia — The Vertical Flight Society (VFS) announced today the winner of the Society’s prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper at the 74th Annual Forum and Technology Display. This year’s winning paper from the Avionics & Systems session is entitled, Avoiding Obstacles during Approach: DVE-Mitigation Flight Trials and Beyond, by Michael Zimmermann, Martin Gestwa of DLR, and Stephanus Klasen and Andreas Lederle of HENSOLDT Sensors GmbH. The paper is available for sale in the Vertical Flight Library & Online Store.

The selection process, which began in October 2017, was very rigorous. Session chairs selected more than 250 papers from the 320+ abstracts received. At the Forum, the session chairs and technical committee chairs selected the 20 best papers for final consideration. Then the Society’s Deputy Technical Directors for Aeromechanics, Vehicle Design, Vehicle Integrity, System Integration, Systems Engineering, and Operations and Product Support winnowed that number down to six papers. Following that, the VFS Technical Director and his committee reviewed and ranked the papers, and in that ranking, determined that the selected paper was the best of the best.

This year’s Forum 74 was held on May 14-17, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Next year, the Society’s 75th Annual Forum & Technology Display will be held on May 13-16, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Zimmermann will receive complimentary travel, registration and lodging to the European Rotorcraft Forum (ERF) in Delft, Netherlands, Sept. 18-21, 2018, where he will present his paper and receive the Alfred Gessow plaque. The award is named after the helicopter pioneer, researcher, author, professor and founder of the rotorcraft center at the University of Maryland now named for him.

See below for full list of Forum 74 best papers and links to the online paper.

Founded in 1943 as the American Helicopter Society, the Vertical Flight Society today is the international organization that advocates, promotes and supports global vertical flight technology and professional development. For 75 years, the Society has provided global leadership for the advancement of vertical flight.

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