Rotorcraft Structures and Survivability 2017

NASA CH-46 crash test

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The AHS Hampton Roads Chapter will hold its Rotorcraft Structures & Survivability Technical Meeting at the the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia on Oct. 24-26, 2017

The theme of the planned 2½ day conference is Innovative Structures and Survivability Solutions for Vertical Lift.” The meeting will highlight research and development efforts, both current and planned, related to manned and unmanned rotorcraft structures, crash safety and vulnerability reduction. The meeting will consist of unclassified, unrestricted presentations.

Sessions will cover the following topics:

  • Crashworthiness: Presentations on all aspects of crashworthiness relating to rotorcraft and V/STOL aircraft.
  • Vulnerability Reduction: Presentations relating to design, analysis, and structures technologies that reduce aircraft vulnerability.
  • Structures: Presentations on technology applicable to both developmental and legacy aircraft.


  • General Chair: Susan Gorton, NASA Langley Research Center
  • Technical Chairs: Dr. Karen Jackson, NASA Langley; Dr. Mark Robeson and Mr. Nate Bordick, US Army ADD-AATD

Techncial presentation questions, contact Download a PDF of the Call for Presentations.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. You can register onsite at the meeting beginning at 7:00 am on Tuesday, October 24th.

PRELIMINARY Schedule: See the proposed sessions listed below. For a full list of the presentations and authors download a PDF of the Preliminary Schedule.

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

7:00 – 7:45 AM



8:00 – 11:30 AM

Crashworthiness Session I

Session Chair: Lindley Bark, NAVAIR

11:00 – 11:30 AM

Keynote: Advances in Rotorcraft Crashworthiness – Trends Leading to Improved Survivability

Dr. Karen E. Jackson, NASA LaRC

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Lunch on Your Own


1:30 – 5:00 PM

Crashworthiness Session II

Session Chair: Dr. Karen E. Jackson, NASA

6:00 – 9:00 PM

Dinner & Reception at Virginia Air and Space Center


Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

7:00 – 7:45 AM Coffee
8:00 – 11:30 AM Vulnerability Reduction Session Session Chair: Ken Branham, US Navy JASP
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Lunch on Your Own  
1:30 – 5:00 PM Structures Session I Session Chair: Nate Bordick, US Army ADD
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
7:00 – 7:45 AM Coffee
8:00 – 11:30 AM Structures Session II Session Chair: Mark Robeson, US Army ADD
11:30 AM Technical Meeting Concludes  


Thank you to our exhibitors and sponsors:

East West Industries Logo
Active VTOL Crash Prevention Logo

Reception: There will be an evening reception and dinner at the Virginia Air & Space Center (VASC) on Tuesday, October 24. Conference guests are welcome to view the exhibits during this time. Conference attendee registration includes the reception and museum. Spouses, adult family members, and guests may attend the reception for $30 and you can purchase an extra ticket(s) when registering. We invite local chapter members who cannot attend the full conference to join us for this reception and enjoy the exhibits. There is free street parking (after 6:00 pm week days) available in downtown Hampton or paid parking lots across from VASC.

Hotel: Lodging is available next door to the convention center at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Hampton Hotel Convention Center & Spa.  Call 757-827-8200 and ask for Special Group Code RSS or click on Embassy Suites RSS Group Rate. The Embassy Suites Hampton has a complimentary shuttle that serves locations within a 5-mile radius. Hotel guests may coordinate with the hotel concierge to use their shuttle to the VASC reception.

Exhibits/Sponsorship: Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the meeting? Download the Exhibits/Sponsorship form or contact David Meyer, Exhibits Chair.

For questions or more information on the Rotorcraft Structures meeting contact the AHS Hampton Road Chapter President Clement Ng at

Rotorcraft Structures and Survivability 2017 presentations

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