Forum 57 Best Papers

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The Society's Annual Forum & Technology Display is the world's leading international technical event on vertical flight technology. The three-day meeting includes more than 200 technical papers on every discipline from Acoustics to Uncrewed VTOL. Forum Proceedings papers can be purchased as individual pdf files or as CD-ROMs from the VFS Online Store.

Every year, the best paper in each technical discipline is selected by the Society's Technical Committees. All of the best papers from each technical discipline from every Annual Forum since 2001 – including the overall Alfred Gessow Best Paper Award since 2004 – are recognized as some of the most important technical contributions in the field of vertical flight.

The Forum 57 (2001) winning technical papers are linked below.

Technical Area Title of Paper Author(s)
Acoustics Helicopter Cabin Noise Reduction Using Active Structural Acoustic Control James O'Connell, Gopal Mathur, Ram JanakiRam, The Boeing Company; Marty Johnson, Virginia Tech; Dino J. Rossetti, Lord Corporation
Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics Tiltrotor Descent Aerodynamics: A Small-Scale Experimental Investigation of Vortex Ring State Mark D. Betzina, NASA Ames Research Center
Aircraft Design Design And Development of A Four-Bladed Tail Rotor System For The USMC H-1 Upgrade Program Ajay Sehgal, Eric Boyle; Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Avionics and Systems Cockpit and Mission System Modernization Don Anttila, Kyle DeLong, Mike Skaggs, Sikorsky Aircraft; Scott White, Rockwell Collins
Crash Safety Analysis and Design of Dynamically Loaded Fittings Rodney H. Jones, J. Donn Hethcock, B. R. Mullins, Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Crew Stations & Human Factors Engineering How Do Helicopter Pilots Know When to Stop, Turn or Pull Up? (Developing guidelines for vision aids) Gareth D Padfield, The University of Liverpool; David N Lee, University of Edinburgh; Roy Bradley, Glasgow Caledonian University
Dynamics Vibratory Loads Reduction Testing of The NASA/Army/MIT Active Twist Rotor
Matthew L. Wilbur, Paul H. Mirick, William T. Yeager, Jr., Chester W. Langston, NASA Langley Research Center; Carlos E. S. Cesnik, SangJoon Shin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Flight Simulation New Developments In Dynamic Wake Modeling For Dynamics Applications
David A. Peters, Jorge A. Morillo, Adria M. Nelson, Washington University in St. Louis
Handling Qualities Experimental Evaluation of Flight Control System Designs Exploiting Rotor State Feedback
J. Howitt, S.E. Howell, A.T. McCallum, Defence Evaluation Research Agency; P.R. Brinson, Agusta-Westland Helicopters
Health and Usage Monitoring Systems Planetary Gear Box Diagnostics Using Adaptive Vibration Signal Representations: A Proposed Methodology
Paul Samuel, Darryll Pines, University of Maryland
Manufacturing RWSTD Airframe Technology - Foundation For The 21st Century Bruce F. Kay, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Lichten Award Presentation Tiltrotor Blade-Vortex Interaction (BVI) Noise Control Through Non-Unique Longitudinal Force Trim Marc Gervais, University of Maryland
Military Operations Advanced Tactical Combat Model (ATCOM) Team Behavior Modeling of the Apache Longbow Bill Baker, The Boeing Company
Propulsion Analysis Methods to Control Performance Variability and Costs in Aircraft Turbine Engine Manufacturing K.E. Sheldon, C.M. Anderson-Cook, W.F. O'Brien, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Structures and Materials Bird Strike Analysis and Test of a Spinning S-92 Tail Rotor
Alan Dobyns, Frank Federici, Robert Young, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
STOVL Technology The Vectored Slipstream Propfan has the Potential for Being the Best Approach for Large VSTOL Transports Kenneth G. Wernicke, Sky Technology Vehicle Design & Development Co.
Test and Evaluation An Analytical Methodology For Category A Performance Prediction And Extrapolation Eric Bernard Carlson, Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.