2021 VFS Webinar Schedule

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View past webinars on our 2021 Webinar Archive or 2020 Webinar Archive pages, or check out all of our videos on the VFS Video Library page!

The Vertical Flight Society is hosting virtual technical sessions, workshops, presentations and interviews on timely and relevant topics in VTOL and eVTOL. These webinars are hosted either by VFS headquarters or by our chapters around the world. There are sponsorship opportunities for each of the webinars.

The programs provide important information to help the community continue advancing vertical flight.  

Thu., April 22: US Army Aviation Policy for Advanced Manufactured Aircraft Parts, presented by the VFS Philadelphia, Arizona and Redstone Chapters
1900-2000 EDT/1800-1900 CDT/1600-1700 PDT/2300-0000 UTC
Moderator: Ed Martin, US Army
Speaker: Mark Ratliff, US Army
US Army
Aviation parts, components and support products are crucial to maintain readiness on a global scale. The utilization of Advanced Manufacturing (AdvM) techniques provides an excellent opportunity to supplement the supply line to ultimately help improve readiness. The US Army mission for airworthiness related to AdvM is to ensure that the parts, components and support products made utilizing AdvM have sufficient information and process controls in place so that the components will operate effectively to support the attaining, sustaining and completion of flight. This policy provides users, commanders and US Army aviation enterprise stakeholders with the processes related to the categorization and types of supporting data necessary for airworthiness approval. The policy also provides the appropriate path to initiate an airworthiness assessment for these parts, components and support products.
VFS Philadelphia, Arizona and Redstone Chapters
Fri., April 23: Recent Vertical Lift Research at the National Research Council of Canada, presented by the VFS Montreal Chapter
1130 EDT/1030 CDT/0830 PDT/15300 UTC
NRC Canada
Agenda: Intro to NRC, IAM & Canadian Vertical Lift Autonomy Demonstration research – Mr. Derek Gowanlock, NRC-Canada
Rotorcraft Flight Sim Model Fidelity Improvement – Bill Gubbels, NRC-Canada
In-flight Physiological Monitoring of Pilot Workload – Dr. Andrew Law, NRC-Canada
Drone Impact Testing – Dr. Azzedine Dadouche, NRC-Canada
For over 60 years the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada’s Aerospace Research Centre has conducted a broad variety of helicopter and more broadly vertical flight focused research. Structural, manufacturing, flight controls, and aerodynamic improvements have all been focus areas for the research at the NRC. In this presentation four of the Aerospace Research Centre’s researchers and engineers will present the NRC’s Integrated Aerial Mobility (IAM) research program and several current research projects, including flight autonomy, rotorcraft simulator model fidelity improvements, in-flight physiological monitoring of pilot workload, recent testing of drone impact on aircraft structure.
VFS Montreal Chapter
Fri., April 23: VFS Hampton Roads Chapter Virtual Luncheon
1200 EDT/1100 CDT/0900 PDT/1600 UTC
Speaker: Ms. Susan Gorton, NASA
The presentation will provide an overview of NASA's new Advanced Air Mobility Mission with particular emphasis on research for eVTOL vehicle technologies and will include an update on the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter.
VFS Hampton Roads Chapter
Thu., May 6: Raising $tartup Capital: eVTOL Financing 101 - Lesson 2
1200-1300 EDT/1100-1200 CDT/0900-1000 PDT/1600-1700 UTC
Lecturers: Michael Dyment, NEXA Capital
Van Espahbodi, Starburst

Raising $tartup Capital

The Vertical Flight Society is starting a new series of regular webinars to educate our members on avenues for startup funding. "Raising $tartup Capital" is intended to provide an introduction for our member companies on the different pathways for raising capital.

This second lecture will feature experts explaining investment needs and timing of the four supply chains defining eVTOL success, highlighting best practices for entrepreneurs seeking capital and providing historic data and current trends in venture capital placement. This is the second in a series of programs intended to educate the industry on the ins and outs of securing capital.

We want to help our small business members with innovative ideas be as efficient as possible in their efforts to find funding, and reduce the number of blind alleys that only waste time and effort. A lot of money is being invested in eVTOL/advanced air mobility and a majority of our member companies are active in this space, so these webinars will be focused primarily (but not exclusively) on eVTOL/AAM.
Wed., May 25: FAA and VFS Present the Vision Systems Summit
1000-1400 EDT/0900-1300 CDT/0700-1100 PDT/1400-1800 UTC
Moderator: Cliff Johnson, FAA
Speakers: Carlo Tiana, Collins
Trish Ververs, Honeywell
Vision SystemsVision Systems
“Sightlines: The Emerging Role of Advanced Vision Systems for Vertical Flight” Advancements in Vision System technologies offers the potential to “see” clearly in degraded visual environments (DVE); such as those often experienced by rotorcraft. Helicopters are no stranger to challenging operational environments at low altitudes, over water, at night, in high and low lighting conditions, in obstacle-rich environments, and during less-than-ideal weather conditions. Rotorcraft pilots are frequently called upon to operate to and from sites that lack the real estate to support the necessary infrastructure for instrument approaches similar to those used by fixed-wing pilots (i.e. approach lighting and instrument landing systems). To confront these challenges, enhance safety, mitigate risk, and reduce accidents/incidents, the rotorcraft community embracing advanced technological solutions. These solutions include advanced Vision Systems technologies that can provide increased situational awareness capabilities to detect and remain clear of obstacles and weather in visually degraded environments. The Vertical Flight Society is proud to present the first in a series of initiatives focused on exploring the viability and utility of Advanced Vision Systems technologies for vertical flight for the purposes of enhanced safety and a potential operational credit. Although Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) have been in existence for some time and are used by multiple fixed-wing and rotorcraft operators; corresponding guidance and authorizations do not currently exist for rotorcraft for using EFVS on straight-in Instrument Approach Procedures to runways and existing regulations do not support other types of rotorcraft operations (i.e. Point in Space, Offshore, etc.). To address this gap, the goal of the Vision Systems Summit is to develop a framework to enable the use of Vision Systems technologies for enhancing safety and possible operational credit by understanding the particular sensor and display technologies, identifying specific operational profiles, and discussing regulatory considerations associated with these technologies, across all stakeholders. This summit is being presented in partnership with the United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST), EUROCAE/RTCA WG-79/SC-213, the Helicopter Association International (HAI), the General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA), and other safety teams, government, and industry organizations representing the vertical flight community.
VFS Philadelphia, Arizona and Redstone Chapters
June 14-15: 2021 Short Course on Electric VTOL Technology
1000-1500 EDT/0900-1400 CDT/0700-1200 PDT/1400-1900 UTC
Lead Instructor: Anubhav Datta, University of Maryland
Instructors: Michael Ricci, Launchpoint Technologies
James Baeder, University of Maryland
Bob Hess, BAE Systems
eVTOL Course

The Vertical Flight Society’s signature eVTOL class is now expanded over 2-days with in-depth coverage of industry-standard battery systems development (BAE), advanced high-power hybrid-electric hardware (LaunchPoint), PEM fuel cells and hydrogen propulsion and as always, the fundamentals of Vertical Lift and rotor aeromechanics from design to state-of-the-art in acoustics (Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center, University of Maryland).

More information about the course can be found here.
Vertical Flight Society
June 22-23: 2021 Short Course on Introduction to Practical Cost Estimating Methods for VTOL Aircraft
1000-1500 EDT/0900-1400 CDT/0700-1200 PDT/1400-1900 UTC
Lead Instructor: Robert Scott
Instructor: Michael Vegh
Cost Estimating Course

Are you working to build the next great VTOL aircraft? Do you share an interest in trying to solve one of the great challenges to the application of rotorcraft? Whether you’re a student of aircraft design, a professional engineer, or a program manager, this short course is for you. In this 2 day class, we will explain the language, methods, and strategies that define the field of aerospace cost engineering as it is applied to VTOL aircraft. This class will teach you how to estimate and describe the cost of an aircraft and how to identify an affordable design.

More information about the course can be found here.
Vertical Flight Society
There will be a limited number of sponsorships available. Contact Jim Sherman to apply for a sponsorship and register.

Platinum Sponsorship: $5,000 — includes logo on the program promotions, 2 minute video promotion at the start of the session. (Subject to approval and availability.)