Forum 73 Best Papers

Forum 73 logo clear (300 px)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 Unmanned Systems. Forum Proceedings papers can be purchased as individual pdf files or as CD-ROMs from the Society's 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 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 73 (2017) winning technical papers are linked below.

Technical Area Title of Paper Author(s)

Winner of the Alfred Gessow Forum Best Paper Award (Aerodynamics)

Analysis and Testing of a Boundary-Layer-Ingesting Pusher Propeller for High Speed Rotorcraft Blake Moffitt, Patrick Bowles, Jongwook Joo, Brian Wake, Byung-Young Min, United Technologies Research Center
Acoustics Sound Diffraction Modeling of Rotorcraft Noise Around Terrain James Stephenson, Ben Sim, US Army ADD; Subhashini Chitta, John Steinhoff, Wave CPC
Advanced Vertical Flight Using Redundant Effectors to Trim a Compound Helicopter with Damaged Main Rotor Controls Jean-Paul Reddinger, Farhan Gandhi, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Aircraft Design Probabilistic Methodology for Multi-Fidelity Model-Based Robust Preliminary Design of Rotorcraft
Dominik Wirth, Manfred Hajek, Technical University of Munich
Avionics and Systems Benefits and Limitations of Reliance on an Open Architecture Technical Standard to Meet Expectations of an Open System Thomas DuBois, Boeing Co.; William Kinahan, Sikorsky; Mike Orlovsky, Lockheed Martin; Scott Wigginton, US Army AATD
Crash Safety Demonstration of Aviation Mishap Reconstruction with On-Board Crash Recording Technologies Brandon Hall, Lindley Bark, Robert Willis, US Naval Air Warfare Center
Crew Stations and Human Factors Degraded Visual Environment Mitigation (DVE-M) Program, Yuma 2016 Flight Trials in Brownout Zoltan Szoboszlay, Brian Fujizawa, Joe Minor, Zachariah Morford, Michael Osmon, US Army ADD; Bradley Davis, US Army Research Lab
Dynamics Experimental Validation of Multi-Mode Tailboom Passive Vibration Control Using Fluidic Flexible Matrix Composite Tubes Matthew Krott, Christopher Rahn, Edward Smith, Pennsylvania State University
Handling Qualities Interpreting Time-Frequency Analyses of Pilot Control Activity in ADS-33E Mission Task Elements John Tritschler, John O’Connor, John Holder, US Naval Test Pilot School; David Klyde, Amanda Lampton, Systems Technology, Inc. 
Health and Usage Monitoring Systems Regime Recognition Accuracy Jason Hull, Jeffrey Monaco Spire Innovations, LLC; Raymond Beale, Mark Davis, Sikorsky; Mark Glucksman-Glaser, Roberto Simidey, US Naval Air Systems Command
History ‘Larsen’s Goon’ – The Forgotten History of Pitcairn’s PA-36 Autogiro Dr. Bruce H. Charnov
Manufacturing Technology and Processing

Affordable Design and Manufacturing of the V-280 Wing

Ryan Decker, Andrew Baines, David Carlson, James Kooiman, Keith Stanney, Doug Wolfe, Bell Helicopter
Modeling and Simulation Aeroelastic Analysis for Highly Flexible Flapping Wing in Hover Xuan Yang, Moble Benedict, Atanu Halder, Aswathi Sudhir, Texas A&M University
Operations An Investigation of Emergency Flight Operations with Vertical Flight Aircraft in Class B Airspace Kaydon Stanzione, Praxis Technologies; Michael Baiada, ATH Group, Inc.; Richard Ruff, Boston Area HAAO 
Product Support Systems Technology Demand Forecasting: Cross-Functional, Cross-Disciplinary Analytics Ping Liu, Sikorsky
Propulsion Hybrid Ceramic Bearing Fatigue Testing for the Future Advanced Rotorcraft Drive System Program Cody Anderson, Roozbeh Kiamanesh, Bell Helicopter; Treven Baker, Jason Fetty, US Army ADD; Lars Ponten, CEROBEAR GmbH
Safety Rotorcraft Fastener Electrical Contact Analysis for Optimal Carbon Fiber Composite Lightning Strike Protection Andreas Liebscher, Wudhidham Prachumsri, Gregory Rizza, Aconic Fastening Systems & Rings
Structures and Materials Progressive Fatigue Damage Simulation in Composites based on Explicit Finite Element Formulation
Yuri Nikishkov, Andrew Makeev, Guillaume Seon, University of Texas at Arlington; Dean Nguyen, Sikorsky
System Engineering Tools/Processes Modeling, Analysis, and Optimization of Rotorcraft and Fleet Availability
Saikath Bhattacharya, Lance Fiondella, Bentolhoda Jafary, Karthik Katipally, Vidhyashree Nagaraju, University of Massachusetts; Anindya Ghoshal, Eric Spero, US Army Research Lab.
Test and Evaluation Very High Altitude Flight Testing of the H145 Helicopter Carl Ockier, Adeline Berthe, Christian Kolb, Airbus Helicopters
Unmanned VTOL Aircraft and Rotorcraft Hover Flight Control Design for UAS Using Performance-based Disturbance Rejection Requirements
Marcos Berrios, Tom Berger, Mark Tischler, US Army ADD; Ondrej Juhasz, Frank Sanders, San Jose University