2020 VFS Webinar Schedule

View past webinars on our 2020 Webinar Archive page 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.  

Mon., Aug. 10:  Progress Towards Autonomous Vertical Flight
1130-1530 EDT / 0830-1230 PDT / 1530-1930 UTC 
Moderator: Graham Warwick, Aviation Week
Sanjiv Singh, Near Earth Autonomy  Dave Merrill, Elroy
Luuk van Dijk, Daedalean Igor Cherepinsky, Sikorsky
Francis Govers, Bell Col. Nathan Diller, USAF Agility Prime
Maxime Gariel, Xwing Daniel Moczydlower, EmbraerX
Gary Gysin, Wisk Wes Ryan, FAA 
Steve Jacobson, Autonodyne Steve Cook, Northrop Grumman / ASTM

The future of vertical flight, especially for eVTOL including cargo delivery, will require autonomous flight. There has been exciting progress from both the eVTOL and Cargo Delivery. The Vertical Flight Society has brought these innovative leaders together to share their progress and discuss what yet needs to be accomplished to reach the ultimate goal of pilotless flight.

Learn more at VFS - AUVSI Progress Toward Autonomous Vertical Flight.
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Near Earth Autonomy
Wed., Aug. 19:  Is Urban Air Mobility Really Disruptive?
1800-1930 EDT / 1500-1630 PDT / 2200-2330 UTC 
Moderator: Mark Alexander, President of VFS Stratford Chapter

Speaker: Jonathan Hartman, Sikorsky Innovations

City UAM

Urban Air Mobility has been gaining significant attention and traction, racking up hundreds of interested companies and billions of dollars of investment. But are these new designs and market entrants the start of a true disruption, a simple evolution, or a minor fluctuation to the established VTOL industry? Join Jonathan Hartman, Disruptive Technologies Lead for Sikorsky Innovations, in understanding disruption in the context of aviation and examining the potential of this market space through the lens of established product disruption theories.

Thank you to our generous sponsor, Dassault Systemes!

Stratford Chapter

Sponsored by: Dassault Systemes Logo
Thurs., Aug. 20:  Rotorcraft as Robots
1400-1500 EDT / 1100-1200 PDT / 1800-1900 UTC 
Moderator: Dr. Robert Scott, US Army

Speaker: Larry Young, Aerospace Engineer, NASA Ames


This is not a presentation about autonomous helicopters. This is, instead, a talk about rotorcraft that are robots -- i.e. VTOL aerial platforms that have some level of capability to transform their nature and/or manipulate their environments. Autonomous system technologies, coupled with the development and maturation of novel aerial vehicle concepts (both fixed- and rotary-wing), leads inevitably to new design paradigms for aerial robots. In that spirit, a number of mission and design concepts for “rotorcraft as robots” are discussed and their merits and limitations are noted, as well as future opportunities for development. The objective of this work is to inspire future generations of aerospace engineers, intelligent systems technologists, and roboticists to develop systems that can address critical societal needs and application domains such as planetary exploration, field science campaigns on Earth, environmental monitoring, disaster relief and emergency response, wildlife conservation, and new aerospace transportation and distribution systems.


Tues.-Thurs., Sept. 1-3: VFS Workshop on eVTOL Infrastructure Vertical Flight Society
Mon.-Tues., Sept. 21-22: Short Course on Electric VTOL Design
1000-1400 EDT/1400-1800 UTC
Instructor: Dr. James Wang
Taught by Dr. James Wang, this course will provide an overview of the unique design challenges and opportunities of this new class of vehicles. Both electric and hybrid-electric passenger-carrying vertical flight aircraft will be covered for a variety of missions ranging from personal/private use to urban air taxis to regional electric VTOL bizjets.
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Thurs.-Fri., Sept. 24-25: Short Course on Model-Based Systems Engineering
1000-1400 EDT/1400-1800 UTC
Instructor: Barry Papke
In this professional development course, Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) expert Barry Papke provides a thorough introduction to MBSE. The course will cover systems modeling using the Systems Modeling Language (SysML) on day one and the Enterprise Architecture using the Unified Architecture Framework (UAF) on day two.
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Mon.-Thurs., Oct. 5-8: Forum 76

The Vertical Flight Society's 76th Annual Forum & Technology Display is the world's leading international technical event on vertical flight technology. The virtual conference will span 4 days and include 230+ technical papers on every discipline from Acoustics to Unmanned Systems, as well as invited presentations and discussions by leaders in the military, government agencies and industry.

The Technology Display, running concurrent with the Forum, is the most extensive exposition of cutting-edge vertical flight technologies in the world, and also includes other technologies more broadly applicable to aerospace in general. Leading manufacturers, service providers, defense agencies, universities, and research and development organizations will showcase the very latest in vertical flight technology in our virtual exhibit hall.

Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are available on the Forum 76 event page.
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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.)