AHS Forum 70 Best Papers

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AHS International'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 Unmanned Systems. Forum Proceedings papers can be purchased as individual pdf files or as CD-ROMs from the AHS Online Store.

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

The Forum 70 winning technical papers are linked below.

Technical Area Title of Paper Author(s)
Winner of the Alfred Gessow Forum Best Paper Award
(Aircraft Design) 
Design and Development of the Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter Cameron Robertson and Todd Reichert, AeroVelo Inc.
Acoustics A New Finite-Difference Method for General Long-Range Rotorcraft Acoustics: Initial Comparisons with Intermediate-Range Data Andrew Wilson and John Steinhoff and Subhashinni Chitta, Wave CPC Inc; Ben Sim and Frank Caradonna, U.S. Army Aviation Development Directorate; Lakshmi Sankar, Georgia Tech
Advanced Vertical Flight Development of Control Strategies and Flight Testing of a Twin-Cyclocopter in Forward Flight Elena Shrestha and Moble Benedict and Vikram Hrishikeshavan and Inderjit Chopra and Derrick Yeo, University of Maryland
Aerodynamics Boundary Layer Transition Measurements on Hovering Helicopter Rotors by Infrared Thermography Kai Richter and Erich Schülein, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Avionics & Systems Apache Mission Processor Software Architecture: Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consideration Dale Johnson, US Army; Ronald Koontz, The Boeing Company
Crash Safety Comparison of Mobile Aircrew Restraint Strategies in a Full-Scale CH-46 Airframe Crash Test Lindley Bark, NAWC-AD PAX RIVER
Crew Stations & Human Factors 3D-LZ Flight Test 2013: Landing an EH-60L Helicopter in a Brownout Degraded Visual Environment James Savage and Shawn Goodrich and Richard McKinley, US Air Force; Zoltan Szoboszlay and Brian Fujizawa and Carl Ott, US Army
Dynamics Blue Pulse Active Rotor Control at Airbus Helicopters - New EC145 Demonstrator and Flight Test Results Antoine Rabourdin and Oliver Dieterich and Peter Konstanzer and Jean-Baptiste Maurice, Airbus Helicopters Deutschland
Handling Qualities Subjective and Objective Evaluation of PIO Tendencies Michael Jones and Michael Jump, University of Liverpool
History Glenn Hammond Curtiss, the Aerial Experiment Association and the John Newton Williams Helicopter of 1908 Paul J. Fardink
HUMS/CBM Airframe Structural Integrity Management: A UH-60 Application and Demonstration Andrew Brookhart and Preston Bates, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation; Nathaniel Bordick, U.S. Army Aviation Development Directorate - AATD
Manufacturing Technology & Processing Study of Processing Conditions on the Forming of Ribbed Features Using Randomly-oriented Strands Thermoplastic Composites Dominic LeBlanc and Benoit Landry and Arthur Levy and Pascal Hubert, McGill University; Erin Quinlan, Bell Helicopter Textron Canada; Steven Roy and Ali Yousefpour, National Research Council Canada
Modeling & Simulation Physics-Based Modeling of Viscous Ground Effect for Rotorcraft Applications Jinggen Zhao and Chengjian He, Advanced Rotorcraft Technology, Inc.
Operations Prediction of Rotor and Rotor/Airframe Configurational Effects on Brownout Dust Clouds Bharath Govindarajan and J. Gordon Leishman, University of Maryland, College Park
Product Support Methods and Techniques for Analysis of Field Data for Commercial Rotorcraft Components Richard Muñiz and Mike Neus, Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Propulsion Prediction of the Thermo-fluids of Gearbox Systems Miad Yazdani, Fanping Sun, Marios C. Soteriou and Zaffir Chaudhry, United Technologies Research Center
Structures & Materials Structure Perspective for Strength and Fatigue Prognosis in Composites Yuri Nikishkov and Guillaume Seon and Andrew Makeev, University of Texas at Arlington
System Engineering Transitioning to MBSD in a Large Systems Engineering Organization that Develops Complex Mission System for Helicopters Stephen Felter, Lockheed Martin
Test & Evaluation Full-scale Experimental Validation of Dynamic, Centrifugally Powered Pneumatic Actuators for Active Rotor Blade Surfaces Brian Cormier and Luke Ionno, Kaman Aerospace Corporation; Joseph Szefi, Invercon LLC
Unmanned VTOL Aircraft & Rotorcraft The Planner Ensemble and Trajectory Executive: A High Performance Motion Planning System with Guranteed Safety Sebastian Scherer and Sanjiban Choudhury and Sankalp Arora, Carnegie Mellon University