Vertical Flight Society Press Releases

Press Releases 2015 – 2018

Archived press releases dating back to 2001

2018

Press Release: NEXA and VFS to Produce Landmark UAM Study, October 22, 2018

Lappos Selected as 2019 Nikolsky Lecturer, October 18, 2018

The Vertical Flight Society announced today that Nicholas D. Lappos has been selected for the prestigious 2019 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship

2018 Student Design Winners , August 15, 2018

Press Release: Winner of 2018 Alfred Gessow Best Paper Award, July 19, 2018

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. [PDF]

Press Release: The Vertical Flight Society Celebrates 75 Years, June 25, 2018

Seventy-five years ago today, the pioneers of the helicopter industry joined together and established a non-profit to advance vertical flight technology: the American Helicopter Society (AHS) was incorporated on June 25, 1943. [PDF]

Vertical Flight Society Applauds NASA's Mars Helicopter Selection, May 14, 2018

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Society applauds the recent announcement by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that it will develop a small unmanned helicopter to explore the surface of Mars. [PDF]

2018 Board of Directors Announced, May 3, 2018

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Society is pleased to announce the election results for its Board of Directors. The following members of the Board's Executive Committee were elected for the one-year term of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 [PDF]

Press Release: VTOL Leaders Head to Phoenix for Forum 74, April 30, 2018

An entirely new generation of vertical flight aircraft are now in development that will radically transform the air transportation and defense sectors in the years ahead.

2018 Lichten Award Winners, April 2, 2018

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Society, today announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical award. [PDF]

AHS Announces $90,000 in 2018 VFF Scholarships, March 30, 2018

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Society (VFF) is pleased to announce its 2018 Vertical Flight Foundation scholarship recipients. Scholarships totaling $90,000 were awarded to 25 of the top engineering students interested in vertical flight

AHS Announces 2018 Group Award Winners, March 20, 2018

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Society, today announced the organizations that are the 2018 recipients of its prestigious awards program.

AHS Announces 2018 Individual Award Winners, March 19, 2018

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Society, today announced the 2018 individual recipients of its prestigious awards program.

Future of Vertical Flight Showcased at AHS International Event, January 29, 2018

More than 250 of the world's leading vertical flight engineers, scientists and innovators are gathering over the next two days in San Francisco, California, for AHS International's 5th Annual Transformative Vertical Flight workshop.

2017

Chopra Selected as 2018 Nikolsky Lecturer, October 23, 2017

AHS International announced today that Dr. Inderjit Chopra — Alfred Gessow Professor in Aerospace Engineering and Distinguished University Professor has been selected for the prestigious 2018 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship [PDF]

2017 Student Design Winners, August 14, 2017

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society today announces the winners of the 34th Student Design Competition: University of Maryland won first place in both the graduate and undergraduate categories. [PDF]

2017 Alfred Gessow Best Paper Award, June 30, 2017

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society announced today the winner of the Society’s prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper at AHS International's 73rd AHS Annual Forum and Technology Display. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2017 Board of Directors, April 27, 2017

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, announced the election results for its 2017-2018 Board of Directors. The following members of the Board's Executive Committee were elected for the annual term of July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. [PDF]

Press Release AHS International Supports Uber's Vision of Electric VTOL, April 25, 2017

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, applauds Uber Technologies for its bold plan to transform urban transportation with electric Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft. [PDF]

Forum 73 Features Nearly 50 VIP Speakers, April 14, 2017

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, today announces the full line-up of VIP speakers at its 73rd Annual Forum & Technology Display. [PDF]

2017 Lichten Award Winners, April 13, 2017

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, today announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical award. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2017 Award Recipients , March 28, 2017

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, today announced the 2017 recipients of its prestigious awards program. [PDF]

2017 VFF Scholarship Winners Announced, March 24, 2017

AHS International, The Vertical Flight Technical Society, announced its 2017 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. 24 scholarships totaling $80,000 were awarded to some of the top engineering students interested in vertical lift. [PDF]

AHS Announces Forum 73 VIP Speakers , March 2, 2017

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society – today announced the line-up of VIP speakers for its 73rd Annual Forum & Technology Display on May 9-11, 2017, at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. [PDF]

2016

Dr. Karen Jackson is 2017 Nikolsky Lecturer, October 14, 2016

AHS International announced today that Dr. Karen E. Jackson has been selected for the prestigious 2017 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. [PDF]

2016 Student Design Winners, August 12, 2016

AHS International today announces the winners of the 33rd Student Design Competition: University of Maryland won first place in the graduate category and Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) came in first in the undergraduate category. Bell Helicopter sponsored the competition with $10,000 in prize money plus $2,000 in travel stipends to the AHS Annual Forum. [PDF]

2016 Alfred Gessow Best Paper Award, July 12, 2016

AHS International announced today the winner of the Society’s prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper at the 72nd AHS Annual Forum and Technology Display. [PDF]

Georgia Tech Wins 4th Annual MAV Student Challenge, May 17, 2016

AHS International hosted the 4th annual electric-powered VTOL Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) Student Challenge on May 16, 2016, as part of the AHS International 72nd Annual Forum and Technology Display at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, West Palm Beach, Florida.

AHS Announces 2016 Board of Directors, May 4, 2016

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society — is pleased to announce the election results for its 2016-2017 Board of Directors. [PDF]

2016 VFF Scholarship Recipients, April 12, 2016

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society — is pleased to announce its 2016 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. [PDF]

AHS 2016 Lichten Award Winners, April 6, 2016

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society — today announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical awards. [PDF]

2016 AHS Awards Recipients, March 15, 2016

AHS International today announced the 2016 recipients of its prestigious awards program. [PDF]

2015

AHS, VLC Join Forces, December 18, 2015

The American Helicopter Society and the Vertical Lift Consortium are pleased to announce that Congress added new funding for the Future Vertical Lift research and development effort in the defense portion of the year-end spending bill for FY2016. [PDF]

2016 Nikolsky Lectureship Announced, October 29, 2015

AHS International — The Vertical Flight Technical Society — announced today that Mr. Tom L. Wood, Chief Technologist at Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., has been selected for the prestigious 2016 Alexander A. Nikolsky Honorary Lectureship. [PDF]

2015 Student Design Winners, August 20, 2015

AHS International today announces the winners of the 32nd Student Design Competition: University of Maryland won first place in the graduate category and the Georgia Institute of Technology/ Middle East Technical University (METU) Team “Air Buzz” came in first in the undergraduate category. [PDF]

2015 Alfred Gessow Best Forum Paper Award, June 23, 2015

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society announces today the winner of the Society’s prestigious Alfred Gessow Award for the best technical paper presented at the AHS International 71st Annual Forum and Technology Display. [PDF]

Winners of AHS International 3rd Annual MAV Student Challenge, May 12, 2015

AHS International is pleased to announce the results of the 3rd Annual Micro Air Vehicle Student Challenge held at the 71st Annual AHS International Forum. [PDF]

2015 Board Election Results, April 24, 2015

AHS International Chair of the Board Ed Birtwell, General Manager and VP of Turboshaft Engines at GE Aviation, today announced the results of the general elections for the AHS Board of Directors.

AHS Announces 2015 Special Award Winners, April 9, 2015

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society – today announced the winners of its prestigious Robert L. Lichten technical awards and its annual membership awards. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2015 Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship Recipients, April 2, 2015

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society – is pleased to announce its 2015 Vertical Flight Foundation (VFF) scholarship recipients. A total of 22 scholarships were awarded this year to some of the world’s most talented engineering students interested in vertical flight. [PDF]

AHS Announces 2015 Award Winners, March 13, 2015

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society – today announced the 2015 recipients of its prestigious awards program, which has, since its establishment in 1944, paid tribute to the outstanding leaders of vertical flight and served as a catalyst for stimulating technological advances. [PDF]

AHS International Recognized for Excellence in Communications, January 12, 2015

AHS International – The Vertical Flight Technical Society – today announces that its Executive Director, Mike Hirschberg, has been recognized for excellence in communications. [PDF]