Forum 59 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 59 (2003) winning technical papers are linked below.

Technical Area Title of Paper Author(s)
Acoustics Transonic Helicopter Noise A.S. Morgans, S.A. Karabasov, A.P. Dowling and T.P. Hynes, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK
Aerodynamics Dynamic Stall Measurements and Computations for a VR-12 Airfoil with a Variable Droop Leading Edge  P.B. Martin and K.W. McAlister, Army/NASA Rotorcraft Division; M.S.Chandrasekhara, Navy-NASA Joint Institute of Aerospace Sciences and W. Geissler, DLR Institute of Aerodynamics and Flow Technology
Aircraft Design High Stiffness ("Rigid") Helicopter Pylon Vibration Isolation Systems Dennis P. McGuire, Lord Corporation
Avionics and Systems Improving Army Aviation Situational Awareness with Agent-Based Data Discovery Peter Gerken, Stephen Jameson, Brian Sidharta, and Joyce Barton, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories
Crash Safety Water Impact Test and Simulation of a Composite Energy Absorbing Fuselage Section Edwin L. Fasanella and Karen E. Jackson, US Army Research Laboratory, Vehicle Technology Directorate; Chad E. Sparks and Ashish K. Sareen, Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Crew Stations & Human Factors Pilot Attitudes On Glass And Traditional Cockpits In The U.S. Army's AH-64 Apache Helicopter Clarence E. Rash, Gina E. Adam, Patricia A. LeDuc, US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory and Gregory Francis, Purdue University
Dynamics Validation of Structural and Aerodynamic Modeling Using UH-60A Flight Test Data Anubhav Datta and Inderjit Chopra, University of Maryland
Flight Simulation Simulation of Helicopter Shipboard Launch and Recovery with Time-Accurate Airwakes Dooyong Lee, Nilay Sezer-Uzol, Joseph F. Horn and Lyle N. Long, Pennsylvania State University
Handling Qualities Piloted Evaluation of a UH-60 Mixer Equivalent Turbulence Simulation Model
Jeff A. Lusardi, Chris L. Blanken and Mark B. Tischler, US Army Aviation and Missile Command
Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) Helicopter Transmission Diagnostics using Constrained Adaptive Lifting Paul Samuel, Darryll Pines, University of Maryland
Manufacturing Technology and Processing Process Development Through Simulation Morgan R. Russell, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
Lichten Award Presentation Efficient Helicopter Skid Landing Gear Dynamic Drop Simulation Using LS-DYNA Cheng-Ho Tho, Chad E. Sparks, Ashish K. Sareen, Michael R. Smith, Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. and Courtney Johnson, Naval Air Systems Command
Operations A Modeling Methodology for Manned and Unmanned Aircraft in a Close Airspace Enviroment Daniel P. Schrage, David B. Stringer, Georgia Institute of Technology
Product Support United States Army T55-L-712 Gas Turbine Engine Torquemeter System Test Improvements Wesley Cass, US Army Aviation and Missile Command; Gayle "Butch" Echols, US Army Corpus Christi Army Depot
Propulsion Experimental High Temperature Characterization of a Magnetic Bearing for Turbomachinery Gerald Montague, Army Research Laboratory; Mark Jansen, Ralph Jansen, Ben Ebihara, University of Toledo; Andrew Provenza, NASA Glenn Research Center; Alan Palazzolo, Texas A&M University
STOVL/Powered Lift Italian V/STOL Concept of the Twentieth Century
Michael Hirshberg, CENTRA Technology; Thomas Müller, Salzmann Buchhandlung and Erasmo Piñero, Lockheed Martin
Structures & Materials Fatigue - Life Predictions for High Cycle Dynamic Components Using Damage Tolerance and Small Threshold Cracks Robert E. Vaughan and Jung Hua Chang, US Army, AMRDEC
Test & Evaluation Open Loop Flight Test Results and Closed Loop Status of the IBC System on the CH-53G Helicopter Christoph Kessler and Daniel Fuerst, ZF Luftfahrttchnik GmbH
Unmanned VTOL Envelope Protection in Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Ilkay Yavrucuk, Suray Unnikrishnan and J.V.R. Prasad, Georgia Institute of Technology