Forum 75 Best Papers

Forum 75 logo The Vertical Flight Society's Annual Forum & Technology Display is the world's leading international technical event on vertical flight technology. This year, the four-day meeting included more than 280 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 Vertical Flight Online Library.

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 75 winning technical papers are linked below.

Technical Area Title of Paper Author(s)
Aerodynamics: Winner of the Alfred Gessow Forum Best Paper Award Helicopter Rotor Boundary Layer Transition Measurement in Forward Flight using an Infrared Camera Anthony Gardner, Christian Wolf, Miles Barnett, Markus Raffel, DLR; JT Heineck, NASA
Acoustics Regarding the Perceptual Significant and Characterization of Broadband Components of Helicopter Source Noise Andrew Christian, Jarrett Caston, Eric Greenwood, NASA Langley Research Center
Advanced Vertical Flight Development of a Gun-Launched Rotary-Wing Micro Air Vehicle Hunter Denton, Moble Benedict, Texas A&M Univ.; Vikram Hrishikeshavan, Univ. of Maryland; Hao Kang, US Army Research Lab
Aircraft Design VTOL Concepts for Unmanned Payload Delivery Applications Michael Avera, US Army Research Lab
Avionics & Systems Advanced Technology, Lightweight, Multlfunctional Micro-avionics for Manned and Unmanned Rotorcraft Enhance Operational Capatility of Future Vertical Lift Platforms Richard F. Healing, Air Safety Engineering LLC, RaNae Contarino, V. Michael Contarino, R Cubed Engineering LLC
Crash Safety Rotorcraft Hydrodynamic ram Compliant and Inerted Self-Sealing Fuel Cell Structures Dennis K. McCarthy, Lisa M. Chiu, Chris M. Gatley, Clark C. Andrews, James J. Childress, Boeing Company, Dr. Mark E. Robeson, U.S. Army AMRDEC ADD
Crew Stations & Human Factors A Strategy for Determining Optimal Crewing in Future Vertical Lift: Human- Automation Function Allocation Laura MilitelloKatie Ernst, C. Sushereba, J. DiIulio, S. Wonderly, Applied Decision Science; D. Klein, Marimo; S. Scheff, HF; G. Taylor, US Army
Dynamics Advanced Rotorcraft Aeromechanics Simulations Using HPCMP CREATE (TM)-AV Helios Beatrice Roget, Science Tech Corp.; R. Blumenstein, H. Saberi, M. Taheri, Adv. Rotorcraft Tech; J. Sitaraman, Parallel Geometric
Handling Qualities Flight Test Evaluation of Proposed High-Speed Break Turn MTE James Bumbaugh, John Tritschler, Christopher Mattei, Michael Mosher, Robert Barthelmes, US Navy
Health and Usage Monitoring Systems Diagnostic Features from Aircraft Propulsion Bearings in Accelerated Aging Experiments Brian Dykas, Adrian Hood, Edward Zhu, US Army Research Lab; Nenad Nenadic, Rochester Inst. Technology
History: Bernard Lindenbaum Award, given to the author for the best historical paper capturing the rich and continuing history of vertical flight The Lost Treasures of Maitland Bleecker: His Helicopter and Other Innovations Paul J. Fardink, US Army (Ret.)
Manufacturing Tech. & Processing Additive Manufacturing (AM) of a Rotorcraft Gearbox Housing Independent Research & Development (IRAD) Project Gerald Cross, Robert Filler, Boeing Co.
Modeling & Simulation Linearized Inflow and Interference Models from High Fidelity Free Wake Analysis for Modern Rotorcraft Configurations Jeffrey Keller, R McKillip, D. Wachspress, Continuum Dynamics; M. Tischler, O. Juhasz, US Army ADD
Operations Speed and Maneuverability Benefits of Sikorsky’s X2 Technology vs. Air Defense Artillery Bjorn Foote, Alex Weintraub, Jordan Kaye, Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin Co.; Mark Robeson, Jay Kiser, Daniel Camp, US Army ADD
Product Support Systems Technology RFID Solution for Tracking Components Life for Rotor Head Assembly Nagaraja Iyyer, Tech. Data Analysis; Maciej Zawodniok, Sohel Patel, Missouri S&T; Kishan Goel, Nam Phan, US Navy
Propulsion Lessons Learned in Fabrication of a High-Specific-Torque Concentric Magnetic Gear Zachary Cameron, Thomas Tallerico, Justin Scheidler, NASA Glenn Research Ctr.
Safety System Safety for Vertical Flight John Hewitt, SikorskyAircraft, a Lockheed Martin Co
Structures & Materials An Alternative Probabilistic Approach for Reliability Assessment of Rotorcraft Structures Thomas Frewen, Mark Gurvich, Bob LaBarre, United Technologies Research Ctr.
Systems Engineering Tools & Processes Intelligent Black Box Verification, Validation, and Accreditation for Rotorcraft Performance Modeling William B. McCandless, US Army AMRDEC; Ian D. Dettwiller, US Army Corps of Engineers
Test & Evaluation Advanced AH-64 Compound Wind Tunnel Testing Overview Edward Brouwers, Richard Deresz, Boeing Co.; Michael Fillman, AeroVironment Inc.
Unmanned VTOL Helicopter Formation Control Algorithm for Manned-Unmanned Teaming Alexander Donkels, Andreas E. Voight, German Aerospace Center (DLR)